Adam Young is a sought-after pianist from the community of French Road. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music.
One cold weekend in February 2017, fiddler Dara Smith-MacDonald made her way to Adam's lakeside home in the tiny community of French Road, on the eastern side of Cape Breton Island. They were joined by Brent Chaisson, a talented guitarist and a wizard of a recording engineer from Prince Edward Island. Together, they recorded a couple of tracks in the living room. A return trip over a weekend in April would capture eight more tracks, all recorded live "off the floor" in the old style, with the instrumentalists seated in the same room and in close proximity to each other. The resulting album, The Lake Sessions, perfectly captures the energy, enthusiasm, and integrity of the music, and was released in late June 2017 to much acclaim.
Adam has had a long and varied career in the East Coast music scene. He created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouse’s popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has seen over 350 performances since it began 16 years ago. The group garnered an East Coast Music Award nomination in the Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year category for a self-titled album released in June 2006. 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. He can also be heard on recordings by Dara Smith-MacDonald, Colin Grant, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, Eric Angus Whyte, Jason MacDonald and Marilyn MacDonald-MacKinnon. In 2017, he began hosting what would become a series of house concerts at his lakeside home, welcoming artists from across the country, and providing an opportunity for them to connect with a small but enthusiastic and appreciative audience.