Biography

“Fiddler Wendy MacIsaac showed her mastery of the
wildly varied cadences of the Cape Breton fiddling style”

– Michael Parish, The Chicago Tribune


Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it.

Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer.  Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy tours with Mary Jane Lamond .

Wendy can also be seen performing with Heather Rankin and occasionally Beolach who she toured with for 11 years.

Wendy is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling. She travels throughout North America and overseas as well as teaching from her home in Halifax.

Awards and Achievements

2015
Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year – Off The Floor
Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination Solo Instrumental Artist of the Year – Off The Floor
ECMA Winner Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year – Off The Floor

2014
ECMA Award Winner Group Recording of the Year – Seinn

2013
Canadian Folk Music Award Winner Traditional Album of the Year – Seinn
Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination Traditional Singer of the Year
Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination Ensemble of the Year
Music Nova Scotia Award Winner Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year – Seinn
Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination Group Recording of the Year – Seinn

2012
ECMA Award Nomination Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year – Seinn
NPR Top 10 Folk/Americana albums of 2012
About.com Top 12 World albums of 2012
KVMR 105.1FM “Music of the World” DJ’s Top Picks of 2012
UK No Depression’s Top Albums of 2012
2012 Top Folk album at Folk Alley
WTMD Towson University campus radio “If You Were Mine” Top 10 Songs of 2012
Folk Alley “If You Were Mine” Top Songs of 2012