Wendy MacIsaac & Friends this weekend at the Carleton | June 10th 2015

Summer’s right around the corner and the Carleton is celebrating with an afternoon cèilidh with Wendy MacIsaac & Friends, featuring very special appearances from PEI‘s Meaghan Blanchard and the UK‘s flat-out amazing claw-hammer banjo phenom Dan Walsh! The show is this Saturday, June 13th and will start at 2 PM. Tickets are $10.

You can get your tickets and read more about the event and special guests here.

Wendy MacIsaac & Friends – Featuring Meaghan Blanchard & Dan Walsh
June 13, 2015
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Off The Floor wins an ECMA! | April 13th 2015

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Wendy MacIsaac won an ECMA for Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year for her album Off The Floor at the 2015 East Coast Music Awards this past weekend in St. John’s.

Congratulations to Wendy and all of the nominees!

Off The Floor receives 2015 ECMA Nomination! | January 28th 2015

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 2.52.47 AM Wendy MasIsaac’s recent release, Off The Floor, has been nominated for a 2015 ECMA for Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year!

Congratulations, Wendy!

 

 

 

Mark Weber: Fiddler Wendy MacIsaac Brings the Cape Breton Sound to the World | December 10th 2014

Wendy MacIsaac off the floor

Wendy MacIsaac has long been recognized as one of the finest fiddlers to ever come out of the Cape Breton, Nova Scotia music scene. For those of you who don’t know, Cape Breton is the cradle of Canada’s Irish/Celtic music scene– the kind of place I want to visit one day just to be surrounded by so many wonderful musicians.

With the release of her latest solo recording, Off The Floor, Wendy MacIsaac has accomplished what many traditional fiddlers strive for and few achieve… a recording that truly captures the energy and passion of a Cape Breton dance.

“There is something special about the leather sole on the dusty wood floor that is a very big part of the sound of the Cape Breton style of music. Hearing great dancers is something I hope will never be lost.”

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Off the Floor reviewed on Rambles.NET | December 5th 2014

Wendy MacIsaac off the floor

Today, as I write this, Wendy MacIsaac’s latest CD arrived in the mail. When I left home a half-hour later, it was already plugged into my car stereo, and the tunes were playing at top volume.

This — this — is what Cape Breton music is about.

Begun among friends in a Point Aconi studio in 2005 and completed at a dance in West Mabou in 2014, this is Wendy playing fiddle like she has always done, with heart and spirit. She’s accompanied by two stalwarts of Cape Breton tradition, Tracey Dares MacNeil on piano and Patrick Gillis on guitar.

This is a no-frills recording, the kind of Cape Breton music I like best. It’s played for the joy of playing, it’s played so people can move their feet, and you can hear folks having a grand time as Wendy, Tracey and Patrick play. I wish I were there.

Since I’m not … I’m glad I have Off the Floor to remind me what I’m missing.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.net

Wendy MacIsaac releases 4th solo recording, Off The Floor | December 2nd 2014

Wendy MacIsaac off the floor

Wendy MacIsaac has long been recognized as one of the finest fiddlers to ever come out of the Cape Breton music scene. With the release of her 4th solo recording, Off The Floor, she has accomplished what many traditional fiddlers strive for and few achieve… a recording that truly captures the energy and passion of a Cape Breton dance.

“There is something special about the leather sole on the dusty wood floor that is a very big part of the sound of the Cape Breton style of music. Hearing great dancers is something I hope will never be lost.”

An accomplished dancer herself, Wendy has captured that sound in a way that makes you feel like you are in the room, hearing the music, watching the dancers, and celebrating the sense of community that it all inspires. Her accompaniment is outstanding, with fellow Cape Bretoners Tracey Dares MacNeil on piano and Patrick Gillis on guitar. Engineer Mike Shepherd did a stellar job of capturing the music and atmosphere that makes this such an outstanding recording. Started at Lakewind Sound Studios, the recording was then taken on the road to the West Mabou Hall where Wendy has spent many hours playing.

A born collaborator, this is Wendy’s 7th recording. In addition to four solo albums, she has also recorded two full-length albums with Beolach. Her most recent collaboration, Seinn, with Mary Jane Lamond received stellar reviews from around the world, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album, an East Coast Music Award for Group Recording, and a Music Nova Scotia Award for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year.

“the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle” – TradConnect

Off The Floor is available on November 18 on iTunes, click here.