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2012 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees!
We are so happy to announce that we have been nominated for YOUNG PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR
2012 ECMA Nominees!"Fresh Heirs" the debut album from sisters Cassie & Maggie MacDonald was nominated for
Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards!
2012 International Folk Alliance ConferenceWe were so honoured to have been chosen to perform at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference
in Memphis, Tennessee. We had a ball this past Febuary performing with over 200 other acts from across the
world and representing Nova Scotia at this prestigious event!
2012 ECMA Showcasing ArtistsWe had so much fun showcasing as part of the "Breakout Stage" initiative at the 2012 East Coast Music Week
in Moncton, New Brunswick!
2011 Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees!
"Fresh Heirs" our debut album recieved two nominations for the 2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards! The CD was nominated for NEW ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR and TRADITIONAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR.
2011 Galaxie Rising StarsCeltic Sister Duo form Halifax wins Galaxie Rising Star Award
(Halifax Chronicle Herald (8/11/11)
Halifax-based Celtic sister duo Cassie and Maggie MacDonald won the Galaxie Rising Star award at the Celtic Roots Festival in Goderich, Ont., on August 6th.
They were one of five acts from across Canada competing for the title including Nova Scotia -based band Hawp,
Celtic songstress Collette Cheverie accompanied by Tim Chaisson of P.E.I., Ontario fiddler Pierre Schryer,
and Quebec four-piece band Vertige featuring Martine Billette, which took home second prize.Cassie and Maggie's
30 minute performance earned a standing ovation and simply "blew us away" said judge Robyn Boyd.
First place was $2000 and promotion and airtime on Galaxie radio stations across Canada.
Cassie and Maggie are planning to put their winnings toward production of their second album, a followup to their
debut release "Fresh Heirs". The win caps off a busy summer which saw the girls as soloists in the
2011 Royal International Tattoo and touring throughout Canada and Bermuda. Their fall schedule includes
performances in Germany as well as a showcase at the 2011 Molson Canadian Music week in Yarmouth this November.
Fresh Heirs!Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate the launch of "Fresh Heirs", what an amazing day!
The full CD is now available to order through the site just go the the "Music" page where you'll find the information
on how to purchase Fresh Heirs and all the locations where it is available!
"Fun, Exciting, Charming and Talented Cassie and Maggie MacDonald are a dynamic Celtic sister duo who
have emerged onto the music scene as the ones to watch."
Born in Halifax, with strong roots in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the girls have been wowing audiences across
Canada with their unique blend of original and traditional Celtic music. Cassie's fiddle playing has been
described as "sweet and elegant with just the right amount of raw power" while Maggie's piano playing has an
"irresistible drive that will leave your foot incapable of staying still" and complements Cassie's playing perfectly.
Together these delightful sisters bring more than your average fiddle and piano duo; Cassie is an award winning
highland and step dancer and also sings harmony for Maggie. In addition to her piano playing, Maggie sings lead,
plays guitar, banjo, accordion and is also an accomplished step dancer.
Their music fits together seamlessly, encompassing various styles from Cape Breton reels to Antigonish polkas,
Quebecois fiddling and foot work to down east standards. Their vocal harmonies are sweet yet powerful and their
step dancing exact and exciting, showing off their youthful charm and energy. They are certainly rising stars on the
Celtic music scene; their act is exciting, captivating and not to be missed!
Live at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium