“An entertaining and lively show, which got audience members on their feet and dancing... True talent!”
— The Inverness Oran (Nova Scotia, CAN)
TRIO - Miller | MacDonald | Cormier
Miller - MacDonald - Cormier
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Atlantic Canada and further afield for their synergistic, pipe and fiddle driven style of Gaelic dance-music. Joining together the musical traditions of Cape Breton and the Scottish Highlands, while incorporating influences from Ireland, Shetland and beyond, Ben and Anita have created a signature sound, described as "Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional." - Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)
Joining them in this project is Zakk Cormier, a talented multi-instrumentalist with deep roots in the Acadian music community of Prince Edward Island. Zakk brings his talents as a creative and dynamic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythms of Acadian foot-percussion. As a trio, these three young artists create a powerful sound, which transcends the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions.
DUO - Ben & Anita
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Focusing on intimate performances and workshops, which showcase the deep connection between the pipes and fiddle in traditional music, Ben & Anita are in demand across the globe as both musicians and educators.
Ben is an American-born player of Scottish bagpipes, currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
His love for the pipes began at a young age, first studying with a local piper, in his home town of Glens Falls, NY. As he grew to discover the wider breadth of the Scottish piping tradition, Ben fell in love with the sounds of the smaller cauld-wind bagpipes. Gravitating to the Lowland pipes, he has made this instrument his own. Ben has developed a unique playing style that draws equal influence from both traditional Scottish piping techniques and the parallel Irish uilleann piping tradition.
Anita is an accomplished fiddler, step-dancer, and Gaelic singer from Little Narrows, Nova Scotia.
With strong roots in her native Cape Breton fiddle tradition, Anita draws inspiration from across the Maritimes and the British Isles, to create a sound that is equal parts new and old. She creates a sound that is constantly evolving, exploring the boundaries of tradition, while remaining firmly grounded in the Gaelic dance-music of her home.