Buddy MacMaster and Joey Beaton fea­tured on new CD

Nova Sco­tia Hall of Fame In­duc­tion won­der­fully en­ter­tain­ing

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/entertainment - Dan Mac­Don­ald Feed­back Dan Mac­Don­ald has been in­volved with the Cape Bre­ton and East Coast mu­sic scene for over 40 years. <creignish_ hills@hot­mail.com>

Buddy MacMaster is con­sid­ered by many to be THE mas­ter when it comes to Cape Bre­ton fid­dling, the one ac­knowl­edged by his peers and revered by the fol­low­ing gen­er­a­tions of play­ers. He was some­one who had won­der­ful lift to his mu­sic and was long a favourite player for dancers, my­self in­cluded.

Buddy re­leased sev­eral record­ings but he was at his best in a live set­ting. “Rooted In Tra­di­tion: A Mu­si­cal Jour­ney with Buddy MacMaster” takes us to some of those ses­sions where he per­formed be­fore a live au­di­ence.

The pro­duc­tion (en­gi­neered by Kim Lantz and recorded at CODA Stud­ies in Sydney) was com­piled by Joey Beaton, the pi­anist through­out the CD. Great re­search went into this as the cuts range from a ra­dio broad­cast at CJFX Ra­dio in 1968 to a con­cert at The Oc­tagon Arts Cen­ter in Ding­wall in 2004.

The stops in be­tween in­clude con­certs in Glen­dale, Hal­i­fax, Glace Bay, Antigo­nish, Glen­coe and (per­haps the most un­usual) The Cow­boy Po­etry Gath­er­ing in Elko, Ne­vada in 1999. There’s even a solo pi­ano cut from Joey in­cluded, a lovely ver­sion of “John­nie Cope” recorded in New York. There are also good liner notes, de­tail­ing where and when each was recorded as well as a list­ing of tunes and com­posers. Joey must have lis­tened to hours and hours of mu­sic be­fore par­ing it down to a dozen groups, un­doubt­edly a dif­fi­cult task.

Buddy and Joey were a pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion, al­ways on the top of their game, and this is brought out in these care­fully se­lected cuts. “Rooted In Tra­di­tion” is so im­por­tant be­cause it gives you a won­der­ful cross­sec­tion of Buddy’s mu­sic over a

pe­riod of 36 years. This makes it a must for any fid­dle fan to in­clude in their col­lec­tion.

The Casino Nova Sco­tia Hall of Fame In­duc­tion at Cen­tre 200 on April 19 was a fab­u­lous event, fea­tur­ing a great lineup of mu­sic and an im­pres­sive list of in­ductees, not the least of which was our own Natalie MacMaster and Joella Foulds. It was billed as a Nova Sco­tia Hall of Fame event but, af­ter only a few years in ex­is­tence, it has al­ready be­come an East Coast event.

Be­sides the lo­cals, the other in­ductees were New Brunswick’s Ken To­bias, Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s Gene MacLel­lan and Harry Hibbs from New­found­land and Labrador. MacLel­lan (now de­ceased) and To­bias made their

big­gest mark as writ­ers with songs that sold mil­lions world­wide. Hibbs, (also de­ceased), had over 20 record­ings as well as his own na­tional TV show and owned a highly suc­cess­ful club in Toronto.

The event was hosted by Bette Mac­Don­ald and Maynard Mor­ri­son and the in­ductees were suit­ably hon­oured with mu­sic. The per­form­ers in­cluded the MacArthur Dancers, fid­dlers Dawn Beaton and Rachel Davis, ac­cor­dion player Ryan Baker, vo­cal­ists Bruce Guthro, Meaghan Blanchard, Jes­sica Rhaye, Kim Dunn, Port Cities and Cather­ine MacLel­lan, with ev­ery­thing backed by an all-star house band.

It was a pow­er­ful and a well­run show, both en­ter­tain­ing and emo­tional at times. It was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be held in the main part of Cen­tre 200 but ended up in the con­course when very few tick­ets were sold. Poor plan­ning on some­one’s part?

I would blame the spo­radic and in­com­plete ad­ver­tis­ing as few peo­ple seemed to be aware of the event or who was in­volved. The al­most im­me­di­ate Sold Out no­tice on the web­site didn’t help ei­ther. While it was a nicely in­ti­mate even­ing, this was a show that should have been seen and en­joyed by far more.

April 22 I hit Iona’s Frolic & Folk Pub for a great meal and mu­sic from Rachel Davis and Buddy Mac­Don­ald. The tunes and songs were top-notch but I also got info on the Pub’s Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries run­ning Wednesday evenings start­ing June 28. The lineup in­cludes Port Cities, Evans & Do­herty, David Francey, Old Man Luedecke, Steve Poltz, J.P. Cormier and more.

Af­ter leav­ing there I headed to Sydney’s Cedars Club where I en­joyed the play­ing of Howie Mac­Don­ald, Ian MacDougall, Shelly Camp­bell, Al­lan Dewer, Donna Marie DeWolfe and Joel Chi­as­son. What a great day of mu­sic!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the 2017 East Coast Mu­sic Award win­ners, only a few of whom were Cape Bre­ton­ers. The Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val took the Event Award, while Mabou’s Stephen (Snick­ers) Smith won for Live Sound En­gi­neer and Colin Grant teamed with Scott Macmil­lan to take Tra­di­tional In­stru­men­tal Record­ing for their GOOD2GO CD. Next year, Hal­i­fax!


Old Tri­an­gle, Sydney Live mu­sic from Wednesday to Satur­day. Blue Mist, Bras d’Or Ev­ery Thurs­day even­ing - Tra­di­tional fid­dle mu­sic ses­sion. Frolic & Folk Pub, Iona Satur­days, 5 p.m. - Ceilidh. Em­bers, Sydney Sun­day, 7 p.m. - Keith Mullins. Bre­ton Brew­ing, Cox­heath Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m. - The Ram­blin’ Val­ley Band. Mem­ber­tou Trade & Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Tues­days, 6 p.m. - Kiju’s Res­tau­rant: Jazz with Carl Getto.

Wed­nes­days, 6 p.m. - Kiju’s Res­tau­rant: Celtic Ser­e­nade Jam Ses­sions.

Thurs­days, 6 p.m. - Kiju’s Res­tau­rant: Live & Lo­cal. (May 17, Al­lie Ben­nett).

Fri­day, May 5, 8 p.m. - Mike Mac­Don­ald.

Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. Canada 150 Per­for­mance Se­ries: Corb Lund, Jor­dan Musyc­syn. Savoy Theatre

Fri­day, May 5, 7 p.m. - Matt Earhart CD Re­lease Party.

Thurs­day, May 11, 8 p.m. - City & Colour Solo.

May 13-14 - The Three Pi­anos Re­turn.

May 27-18 - The Le­gends: Trib­ute to Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers.

Holy Rosary Church, West­mount

Satur­day, May 13, 7;30 p.m. Nova Voice: Nova Sco­tia’s Pro­vin­cial Men’s Choir.

High­land Arts Theatre, Sydney

Sun­day, May 14, 3 p.m. - Shine (Songs of Broad­way and Hol­ly­wood): Paul Gatchell & Friends.

May 17-24, 8 p.m. - Next To Nor­mal.

Sun­day, May 28, 7 p.m. - Salute To Canada: The Cape Bre­ton Cho­rale, North­side Hon­our Choir and more.

St. Joseph’s Church,

North Sydney

Sun­day, May 21, 7 p.m. - Ben­e­fit Va­ri­ety Con­cert: Singers, dancers, fid­dlers and more.


Buddy Mac­Don­ald and Rachel Davis per­form at the Frolic & Folk Pub.


Rooted in Tra­di­tion, a new CD re­lease with great his­tory.

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