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.

Summer is the best time to be Gaelic! | July 22nd 2014

Summer is the best time to be Gaelic…or to wish you were Gaelic!

There is so much going on in Nova Scotia right now, from museum tours to traditional music performances. Mary Jane and Wendy have been all across the province and have even more summer dates lined up for fans:

Storas a’ Bhaile at Highland Village Museum, Iona NS, August 11-12
Cloggeroo Island Folk Festival, Georgetown PEI, August 23

Click here for more show details.

Mary Jane and Wendy win ECMA Group Recording of the Year | April 7th 2014

A big congratulations to Mary Jane and Wendy on their East Coast Music Award win for Group Recording of the Year for their album Seinn. East Coast Music Week took place in Charlottetown, PEI from April 2-6 and featured dozens of live performances, an industry conference, and gala awards show.

2014 ECMA award nomination | February 18th 2014

The East Coast Music Association announced the 2014 ECMA award nominees in Charlottetown, PEI this morning and Mary Jane and Wendy are thrilled to have received a nomination for Group Recording of the Year for their album Seinn. The category is stacked with some serious East Coast talent – Acres and Acres, Les Hay Babies, Paper Lions, and The Trews – together, we’d have quite a kitchen party!

Thank you to the ECMA and congratulations to all the nominees! We’re looking forward to seeing you in Charlottetown in April.