"Unbelievable precision, speed and savage energy"Chronicle Herald
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An ardent traditionalist with a penchant for experimentation, fiddling sensation Ashley MacIsaac learned to play the fiddle the Cape Breton working-class, pub-stomping way: fast and furious, with phenomenal precision. Crossing boundaries of folk, punk, garage rock and metal, he has a knack for taking old conventions in unexpected directions.
MacIsaac has unarguably put his own spin on the sounds he was brought up with. He recently starred in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony and has toured with Philip Glass and The Chieftains, amongst others.
Touring with him is guitar prodigy Quinn Bachand, a highly gifted player from Vancouver Island and a sought-after accompanist. Quinn and his sister Qristina are the recipients of the 2010 Irish Music Award for Top Traditional Group in Festival, Pub & Concert.
MacIsaac will kick-start Opening Night with a free performance on the lawns of Parliament House Hobart and will raise the roof of City Hall before his tour of our islands.
Castlemaine State Festival
King Island Cultural Centre