Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Region: Cape Breton
Genre: Celtic, Folk, Roots, Traditional, World

Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, blending the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as "one of the most important folk acts on the Island [Cape Breton] today." (Wendy Bergfeldt-Munro, Producer/Host CBC).

Tempering the sharp edge of the pipes and fiddle, Ben and Anita are joined by friends from the Maritimes and beyond.  Supported by a backing band, featuring Cape Breton-style piano, dynamic acoustic guitar, and rhythmic Acadian foot percussion, they create a sound that has captivated audiences across North America and further afield.  

A cocktail of tradition, distilled like a pure drop of the Canadian Maritimes, their unique blend of driving dance music transcends boundaries - equally at home at a kitchen ceilidh or on a late night festival stage.  "... Fiery, fresh, yet totally traditional." (Alex Monaghan, Piping Today Magazine)


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   "....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. 

“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 (Nova Scotia, 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 (Sydney, 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)