Cape Breton/Toronto fiddler Dan MacDonald releases Rural/Urban
-by John Gillis
Dan MacDonald is a traditional Scottish and Irish fiddle player who hails from Cape Breton and who has lived for the past 15 or so years in the City of Toronto.
Dan comes from a well-known musical family here in Cape Breton.
He is the son of fiddler Lloyd (Tokyo) MacDonald and Winnie MacDonald of Ironville.
The Oran recently learned from Jim Amey that MacDonald has released a new CD, Rural/Urban.
The Oran had the opportunity to interview MacDonald last week from his home in Toronto where he spoke excitingly about his musical career and his love for traditional music.
Dan literally grew up on the stage.
Coming from a strong musical culture of Cape Breton Island, since he was a child, Dan was immersed in “Cape Breton Fiddler’s Association practices in Baddeck, the Gaelic Mod in St. Ann’s, playing for dances in Glencoe, and playing for Highland dance and Cape Breton step dance groups,” according to his bio.