ASHLEY MACISAAC

(Canada/NS)

One of the most widely recognized Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley MacIsaac has, over the last 25 years, garnered international acclaim. By playing the fiddle in that hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music, he’s come to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans. Considered something of a local legend and prodigy by the time of his impressive 1992 debut Close To The Floor, Ashley broke through to the mainstream with the double-platinum genre-bending Hi, How Are You Today? in 1995.

The renowned fiddler, piano player and step dancer has performed in both the opening ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and to audiences worldwide. He’s worked with artists such as Phillip Glass and The Chieftains, and played with The White Stripes for their “Under Great White Northern Lights,” a Canadian tour which was turned into a documentary. MacIsaac has also appeared on the Conan O’Brian show, the Today Show, and was featured on Bravo’s celebrity series “Star Portraits” and CBC’s acclaimed series “Life & Times”.