Occurs on Thursday May 3 2018

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Strathspey Performing Arts Centre
PO Box 235
11156 Route 19
Mabou NS B0E 1X0

Performance Notes

× Maxim and Gervais Cormier are a father and son duo from Cheticamp, Nova Scotia. Gervais, a composer and multi-instrumentalist, and his son Maxim, a guitarist, composer, producer and educator, are a multifaceted pair with international experience.

The two have played together for over ten years, and their duo album ‘Maxim and Gervais Cormier: Cape Breton Guitar’ was released December 1 2017.

Pius MacIsaac, from Mabou, is a regular performer at the local festivals and parish hall dances that intrigue so many of the island’s visitors. A gifted composer, Pius has written about fifty tunes which he performs on his violin and mandolin as well as his guitar. He is a sought-after artist in Cape Breton and can be seen accompanying many of the island’s top fiddlers with his driving, percussive guitar rhythms. Pius has recorded on four CDs and has played with Natalie MacMaster, Gordie Sampson, Scott Macmillan, Ian MacDougall, and Kinnon Beaton.

Hailing from East Lake Ainslie, Cape Breton, James MacLean has been playing music for over 15 years. He started from a young age taking piano lessons from the late Marianne Jewell, but then migrated towards guitar. It was in his late teens when he began lessons with Cape Breton guitar sensation, Brian Doyle, that his love for traditional Cape Breton music began to blossom. After high school, James decided to pursue a degree in music, and under the tutelage of Scott MacMillan, earned his Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University in 2015. James can be heard playing alongside his aunt Karen Beaton a few times each summer during her weekly concerts in Mabou and Antigonish, as well as various other events around Inverness County. James does his best to emulate his former teachers when flat-picking Traditional Scottish tunes, and other genres such as classical and bluegrass. He hopes to release a solo album in the near future.

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