Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Region: Nova Scotia
Genre: Celtic, Folk, Roots, Traditional, World

ABOUT US:

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) 

As well as performing as a duo, Ben and Anita tour as a trio with Acadian multi-instrumentalist, Zakk Cormier. Zakk is a dynamic musician with deep roots in the musical community of Prince Edward Island. He brings his talents as a sympathetic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythm of Acadian foot-percussion.  As Miller | MacDonald | Cormier, these three young artists create a powerful sound, which transcends the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions.


PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Celtic Colours International Festival - Nova Scotia, CAN
  • East Coast Music Awards - Nova Scotia, CAN
  • Festival of Small Halls - Prince Edward Island, CAN 
  • Campobello Fog Fest - New Brunswick, CAN 
  • Goderich Celtic Festival - Ontario, CAN 
  • Stratford Summer Music Festival - Ontario, CAN
  • Coldsnap Festival - British Columbia, CAN
  • American Folk Festival - Maine, USA  
  • Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival - Colorado, USA 
  • Austin Celtic Festival - Texas, USA
  • Pasadena Folk Music Society - California, USA
  • Tønder Festival - Tønder, Denmark 
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Edinburgh, UK

UPCOMING DATES:

Visit www.benandanita.com/shows/ to find a full listing of upcoming shows.


CONTACT BEN AND ANITA:
info@benandanita.com


PRESS REVIEWS:

"... One of the most important folk acts on Cape Breton Island today."  
 CBC Main Street (NS, CAN)


"... Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional."  
— Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)


"....inventive, refreshing, yet deeply rooted in Cape Breton's Gaelic tradition, Ben and Anita are one of the most important folk acts on the Island today. Combining their deep respect for the culture their community tradition bearers taught them with their own innovative aesthetic, Ben and Anita invite audiences to explore the rich heritage of the Gael in an accessible contemporary setting."
 Wendy Bergfeldt-Munro Host/Producer (CBC Cape Breton, NS, CAN) 


“Ben and Anita have the unique talent of taking well known, traditional tunes and giving them new life. They have a great respect and knowledge of how these tunes are to be played, but are able to inject an energy that brings them to life once again. That’s the way you keep the music alive for a new generation to discover and enjoy.” 
— 101.5 The Hawk, Highland Fling (NS, CAN)


"An entertaining and lively show, which got audience members off their feet and dancing between the tables... Full of rich traditional sound, unique to Cape Breton. Together, they form an impressive blend of freshness and tradition... True talent.” 
— The Inverness Oran (Inverness, NS, CAN)


“From the opening notes, this music buzzes with energy... 'A Day at the Lake' is invigorating and spirited - a must-have for fans of Scottish and Cape Breton tunes... Guaranteed to stir the soul and the feet!”
   
— Bright Young Folk (Kent, UK)


The first thing that strikes me is how the fiddle and pipes blend so well together, creating one musical sound. Graceful … Precise … Full of life …   
— The Cape Breton Post (NS, CAN)


“Cunning... Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional...Excellent entertainment.”  
— Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)


“Choice tunes, tastefully arranged and played the way they ought to be... Bravo!”   
— Birchen Music (Burlington, VT, USA)