Strathspey Notes: Rachel Davis, Iain MacQuarrie and Buddy MacDonald
- $24 members | $15 youth | all tickets are subject to an additional $5 day of show
Strongly influenced by the playing of her grandfather, Clarence Long, Baddeck native Rachel Davis has been a student of the fiddle since she was twelve. She fondly recalls sitting in a corner of her grandfather’s barber shop, squeaking away at tunes under his careful guidance. Those first efforts lead to more teachers (including Karen Beaton, Kyle MacNeil and Stan Chapman) and great progress, as she has developed into a dynamic player with great timing and a great lift to her music. Along with her solo work, Rachel is also in demand to share the stage with people such as singer-songwriters Buddy MacDonald, Carmel Mikol and Donnie Campbell, and has made guest appearances with groups such as The Cottars. Her latest collaboration is with the new Cape Breton powerhouse ensemble Còig, who released their debut album in 2014.
Iain MacQuarrie hails from music on both sides of his family. This 12 year old up and coming dancer from West Mabou, Cape Breton Island, will keep you smiling and clapping – taught by his mother Cheryl MacDonald (MacQuarrie), Iain has the old style of dancing, nice and close to floor and true to the Gaelic tradition.
Mac Morin is a dancer and piano player from Troy, Cape Breton. Starting out as a talented dancer, Mac became interested in piano as a teenager. He has gone on to tour around the world with Natalie MacMaster and Beòlach while continuing to travel widely to teach Cape Breton step dancing. Mac has appeared on numerous artists’ recordings including Natalie MacMaster, Yo Yo Ma, The Rankins, Buddy MacMaster, Troy MacGillivray and released his own solo album in 2003.
Patrons to Strathspey Performing Arts Centre can also enjoy an opportunity involving Package Pricing where you will purchase tickets for all 3 concerts in Spring or Fall at a reduced package price.