Past Performers

Lennie Gallant             Makayla lynn
John Campbelljohn    Jason Price
All Fired Up                 Kim Dunn
Allie Bennett               Donnie Campbell
Ian Sherwood              Alycia Putnam
Cyril MacPhee             Kyle MacDonald
Wally MacAulay          John Curtis Sampson
Duncan Wells              Ryan Roberts
Jordon Musycsyn       Gillian Head
Dwayne Cote               NC Elite Dancers
The Goin's On             CBU Pipe Band
Adrianne & Mike          Kelly Matheson
Crowdis Bridge            Amber Lynk
Angelo Spinazzola       Meaghan Blanchard
The Cape Breton School of the Arts
Chrissy Crowley,          Howie MacDonald
Christine Melanson      MacNeil Sisters
Jason MacDonald        Brenda Stubbert
Buddy MacDonald       David Meuse
Keith Mullins                Blanche Sopholeous     
Anita MacDonald         David Carroll 
Andrew Fedora            Naming The Twins    
Darren McMullen         Harold MacIntyre     
Dara MacDonald           Catherine MacLellan
Ben Miller                       Laura Smith 
Pretty Archie                  Chris Ryan
Dave Gunning                Nicole LeBlanc
Joseph Gillis                  James MacLean
Lyrics and Laughterm    Doucette Sisters
Rob MacLean                   Leona Burkey
Decota McNamara           David Stone
Jason Roach                    
Rachel Davis,
Colin Grant ,
Coig,
Adam Young
MacArthur School of Dancing,
Wills Addiction
Buffy MacNeil & Larry Boutilier
Robert Bouchard
Roger Stone
Darrell Keigan
Kimberley Fraser
Catahoula Brown
Donna Marie DeWolf 
Norma MacDonald

2021 Performers

Acoustic Roots Festival  happening Sept 3 - 5. Make your plans to attend . Here are this years performers

 

Pretty Archie

Dwayne Cote

Kim Dunn

Norma MacDonald

Roger Stone

Doug Sampson

Rg Schaller

Mike Hall 

Beverly MacLean

Morgan Toney

Mario Colosimo

Hearts of Kin

Steve MacIntyre

Terry Peters

Darrell Keigan 

Jason MacDonald

Donnie Campbell

Jinks O'Neil

Jordon Musycsyn

Dara MacDonald

Adam Young

Rob Murphy

MacArthur Dancers

John Curtis Sampson

David Stone

 

 

 

 

2021 Acoustic Roots Festival Artist Bio

Adam Young

Adam Young is a sought-after pianist from Marion Bridge. His style fits perfectly with the fiddle, adding depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music, with an individual touch that distinguishes it from everyone else’s. There is a certain joy that is evident in his playing; he has the world’s worst poker face.
Adam created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouse’s popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has been performed more than 300 times and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award. He regularly plays at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents in Scotland and Ireland, across Canada and in the United States, including a five-week engagement with Jennifer Roland’s band at Dolly Parton’s amusement park in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
This spring and fall, Adam performed with Anita MacDonald and Ben Miller, as well as with his band The Goin’s On, on cruise ships sailing between Halifax and Sydney. In addition to Lyrics & Laughter’s album, Adam can also be heard on recordings by Colin Grant, Jason MacDonald, Eric Angus Whyte, Dara Smith-MacDonald and Marilyn MacKinnon.

 

 

Donnie Campbell and Jinks (James) O'Neill

Donnie Campbell and Jinks (James) O'Neill started performing together in 2014. Both are from Sydney and grew up in musical households. They have  travelled extensively with their music, Donnie with folk music and Jinks rock and roll bands giving them a vast repertoire of music from the revival, classic country, rock and roll of the 50's and 60's as well traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton.



Dwayne Cote

Dwayne Côté was raised in Grande Greve, Cape Breton in a family deeply rooted in all aspects of Cape Breton, Irish and Scottish music traditions--his mother being a renowned dancer, instructor, and performer and his father is the late Gordon Côté, a celebrated Celtic fiddler/teacher. Dwayne has played all over the world and has performed with John Allan Cameron, Graham Townsend, Sean McGuire, Buddy MacMaster, Jerry Holland and Dave MacIsaac among others. He is also a composer and has more than 200 tunes registered with SOCAN. Dwayne Côté is one of the most unique players in Atlantic Canada. His musical tones are inimitable and seldom forgotten. Dwayne Cote Fiddle Medley - YouTube


 

Jason MacDonald

Singer/songwriter Jason MacDonald’s passion for music plays out in a driving acoustic fashion, wonderful storytelling and a warm personality that connects immediately with his audience. Since 2002 Jason has released three full length CDs and one EP of original material.  Tracks from his CDs have received significant radio airplay. His music has earned him award nominations from Music Nova Scotia, East Coast Music Awards, Independent Singer-Songwriter Assoc. and Top Honours in the Indie International Songwriters Contest. He has showcased at NS Music Week, East Coast Music Awards and Canadian Country Music Awards. A track from his last recording was chosen for the Atlantic Film Festival Music and Images Compilation. Recently he has licensed a track form one of his CDs to Sailing – Classics of Germany for use in promoting their cruise ship business. He has toured in the US several times doing shows booked through New England Celtic Arts. He has performed at several festivals that include the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Celtic Colours International festival, Kempt Shore Acoustic Festival and Acoustic Roots Festival to name a few. In 2017 Jason toured in Western Canada that included performances at Calgary Folk Club and Northern Lights Folk Club in Edmonton   http://www.jasonmacdonald.com/


 

 

John Curtis Sampson

 

John Curtis Sampson debuted his first original work in 2000. The recording “You Got Me” was a strong outing for him and accolades soon followed. Two East Coast Music Awards, - Country Artist of the Year, Best New Artist and The Galaxie Rising Star Award. “When I’m Drinkin’” and “Don’t Cry, Good-bye” make the top 100 on Canadian radio. “When I’m Drinkin’ was recorded by Australian Country Artist Adam Harvey on the Warner-Chappel l label and secured impressive airplay in that country. John Curtis has performed on The Mike Bullard Show and opened for Terri Clarke

 

In 2008 John fulfilled a life long dream and earned a college degree. He graduated from Nova Scotia Community College where is studied Human Services, Sociology, Psychology, Biology, Canadian Healthcare Systems.

He enrolled at Cape Breton University in 2010 where in majored in Psychology.Other studies include Public Speaking, Human Resources, Biology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Health Sciences. Today, John is a Community Outreach Counselor for the Community Homeless

Shelter in Sydney, N.S.

 

John wears two hats these days - councilor by day and a music artist by night. “It’s not about being a star for me anymore, says Sampson. But hey - I wouldn’t turn it down if it was offered- it is more about writing great songs for me. I love to write. I hope to write with other writers and perform my songs and hopefully, hear other artist perform my songs someday. A publishing deal would be idea! I am in no hurry this time. I’m taking in one day at a time.

MacArthur Dancers
The MacArthur Dancers are known for their award winning creative stage Choreography, as well as their Traditional Celtic Dance performances. In 2017, they won the Canadian Choreography Challenge Title. The dancers are trained in Scottish Highland Dance, Cape Breton Step Dance, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern styles. This helps to enhance their stage and performance skills, and bring Choreography to life on stage. Whether it be a local charity, international festival, or a professional stage show, these dancers perform at over 100 events a year. Cape Breton Island is known for its living Gaelic/Scottish culture, and this group has been continuing this passion through a shared love of dance, expressed through instruction and performance. They will continue to pass this along through many generations to come.(www.macarthurdance.com</span>


Rg Schaller

Rg Schaller is a singer/songwriter from a recovering ex-steel town in Eastern Canada. Writing from the blue-collar point of view with an acoustic guitar in the vein of Country / Folk / Songwriter. 

https://rgschaller.hearnow.com/ 

Norma MacDonald

MacDonald’s unique alt-country songcraft is certainly receiving great reviews as well, and not just on this side of the Atlantic.  Her previous four albums have gained a following in the UK, where more recent reviews of Old Future have been positive with one critic even writing  its nod towards a by-gone era is “sure to please alt-country fans.”

www.normamacdonald.com 

Being from Cape Breton, you are born into a world of music. Steve's early years were no different. From a young age he was taken by the marriage of music and lyrics, and began to write and learn to play 

"When I was 12 my parents bought me my first guitar and I fell in love with it" 

It was in his parent's house that he wrote his first song, 'Highland Promise'. This song caught the ear of Ashley MacIsaac some thirty years later, and he asked to perform it together at the 2020 Celtic Colours Festival. Ashley had this to say:

    "I have known Steve for a long time, he has been a constant professional, always on time, always obliging and makes music that in particular, being from Cape Breton, gets to my heart"

Songs of love, loss, travel, and curiosity are the hallmark of this exciting East coast songwriter. Be sure to check out his upcoming self-titled release! 

Morgan Toney

Morgan Toney is a twenty-two-year-old Mi’kmaq fiddler originally from We’koma’q First Nation. He picked up the fiddle over a year ago by accident during his time at Cape Breton University. He has taken lessons from Stan Chapman and, more recently, from Kyle MacNeil. Morgan has lit a spark in the Mi’kmaq Nation. The fiddle is a very strong part of his identity as Mi’kmaq; players such as Lee Cremo, Moonie Francis, Vincent Joe, Wilfred Prosper, Sr. and Wilfred Prosper, Jr. have influenced Morgan’s fiddle playing. He decided to take the fiddle very seriously when he found out that three of his great uncles played the fiddle, and he wanted to make sure that the fiddle remains strong in his family, and that their legacies live on. With just one year of fiddle playing under his belt, Morgan has played at festivals, been in two documentaries, and had a few concerts of his own. If it was not for Morgan’s best friend Tyler Bernard (also a fiddle player), he would not have been playing. Tyler gave Morgan his first fiddle. Morgan plans to release an album in the near future.

Steve MacIntyre

Being from Cape Breton, you are born into a world of music. Steve's early years were no different. From a young age he was taken by the marriage of music and lyrics, and began to write and learn to play 

"When I was 12 my parents bought me my first guitar and I fell in love with it" 

It was in his parent's house that he wrote his first song, 'Highland Promise'. This song caught the ear of Ashley MacIsaac some thirty years later, and he asked to perform it together at the 2020 Celtic Colours Festival. Ashley had this to say:

    "I have known Steve for a long time, he has been a constant professional, always on time, always obliging and makes music that in particular, being from Cape Breton, gets to my heart"

Songs of love, loss, travel, and curiosity are the hallmark of this exciting East coast songwriter. Be sure to check out his upcoming self-titled release! 

https://www.stevemacintyremusic.com/  

Jordon Musycsyn

Jordan is a hard working singer/songwriter, is a masterful storyteller writing songs about life and love with pathos and humour in a Folk-Country style. He sustains a busy touring schedule thruout Canada in support of his sophomore album ‘Old State Of Mind’. Drawing on his own life experiences he writes relatable songs of love, loss and the human condition. A dynamic performer, Jordan moves the audience from laughter to tears and back again. His first album ‘The Pitch’ (released in the fall of 2014) was nominated for 2 Music Nova Scotia awards. He has toured across the Maritimes and across Canada many times playing his songs solo, with his band, with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and Tis The Season. The band puts on a high energy live performance with stellar players.

“JORDAN MUSYCSYN is a great musician and a great storyteller”

Alan Doyle, GREAT BIG SEA 

Hearts of Kin

Hearts of Kin are an acoustic duo consisting of sisters Danielle MacDonald and Shellie Tobin. Based out of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, these sisters have been singing and playing together for over 20 years. Originally from New Waterford, NS, they officially began performing under the "Hearts of Kin" brand in 2018.

These sisters aim to lend a fresh spin on some timeless folk and country. Heavily influenced and motivated by the wealth of musical talent in Cape Breton, Hearts of Kin bring a sisterly harmony to their own original arrangements. 

https://www.heartsofkin.com/

 

Rob Murphy

Rob Murphy is a Singer / Songwriter from Cape Breton Island and is known for his raspy vocals and heart on the sleeve lyrics. Rob's raspy weathered vocal style can easily show influences from the likes of Johnny Reid, Jason Isbel, Blue Rodeo and The Band.

Originating from the small town of New Waterford, Rob began playing guitar at the age of 10 and writing in his early teens at around 14. Songwriting and storytelling is strong in Rob’s family roots with a strong history of Songwriting and Storytelling.

Songwriting has always come naturally for Rob, he has the ability to create songs that listeners can easily relate to whether fiction or reality you’ll be wondering if a song came from real life experiences or the thoughts of a natural Storyteller. On the heels of his 2019 releases "O'lala", "You" and "Ghosts" Rob has released his new Single “Tell Me To Stay” a beautiful heartfelt duet with Canadian Rocker Carmen Townsend and "It'll Be Alright" with Sarah Harralson. Rob is currently working on his first Album which will be available late 2021.