Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Atlantic Canada and further afield for their synergistic, pipe and fiddle driven style of Gaelic dance-music. Joining together the musical traditions of Cape Breton and the Scottish Highlands, while incorporating influences from Ireland, Shetland and beyond, Ben and Anita have created a signature sound which Scotland's Piping Today Magazine has described as "Fresh, yet totally traditional."
As well as performing as a duo, Ben and Anita tour as trio, Miller - MacDonald - Cormier, featuring Acadian multi-instrumentalist, Zakk Cormier. Zakk is a dynamic musician with deep roots in the musical community of Prince Edward Island. He brings his talents as a sympathetic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythm of Acadian foot-percussion.
With their latest album, "South Haven," this trio has created a powerful sound, which transcends the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions. Since this release, their show has captivated audiences across the globe, from British Columbia and California, to Austria and Denmark.
INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR (2018) Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
ROOTS TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (2018) Music Nova Scotia Award Nominee
GAELIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR (2019) East Coast Music Award Nominee
INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR (2019)
East Coast Music Award Nominee
2018 - Celtic Colours International Festival - Nova Scotia, Canada
2018 - PEI Festival of Small Halls - Prince Edward Island, Canada
2018 - Coldsnap Festival - British Colombia, Canada
2017 - Goderich Celtic Festival - Ontario, Canada
2017 - American Folk Festival - Maine, United States
2017 - Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival - Colorado, United States
2017 - Austin Celtic Festival - Texas, United States
2017 - Pasadena Folk Club - California, United States
2016 - Tønder Festival - Tønder, Denmark
2016 - Celtic Arts Foundation - Washington, United States
2015 - Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Visit www.benandanita.com/shows/ to find a full listing of upcoming shows.
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"... One of the most important folk acts on Cape Breton Island today."
— CBC Main Street (NS, CAN)
"[Miller - MacDonald - Cormier] struck me as something quite special... Here we have great music, played well; no never-ending tuneless tunes that prove the artists' technical abilities but leave the listener cold; no endless search for ways to be different at the expense of musicality... It was instantly refreshing."
— The Living Tradition (UK)
"... Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional."
— Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)
"....inventive, refreshing, yet deeply rooted in Cape Breton's Gaelic tradition, Ben and Anita are one of the most important folk acts on the Island today. Combining their deep respect for the culture their community tradition bearers taught them with their own innovative aesthetic, Ben and Anita invite audiences to explore the rich heritage of the Gael in an accessible contemporary setting."
— Wendy Bergfeldt-Munro Host/Producer (CBC Cape Breton, NS, CAN)
“Ben and Anita have the unique talent of taking well known, traditional tunes and giving them new life. They have a great respect and knowledge of how these tunes are to be played, but are able to inject an energy that brings them to life once again. That’s the way you keep the music alive for a new generation to discover and enjoy.”
— 101.5 The Hawk, Highland Fling (NS, CAN)
"An entertaining and lively show, which got audience members off their feet and dancing between the tables... Full of rich traditional sound, unique to Cape Breton. Together, they form an impressive blend of freshness and tradition... True talent.”
— The Inverness Oran (Inverness, NS, CAN)
“From the opening notes, this music buzzes with energy... 'A Day at the Lake' is invigorating and spirited - a must-have for fans of Scottish and Cape Breton tunes... Guaranteed to stir the soul and the feet!”
— Bright Young Folk (Kent, UK)
The first thing that strikes me is how the fiddle and pipes blend so well together, creating one musical sound. Graceful … Precise … Full of life …
— The Cape Breton Post (NS, CAN)
“Cunning... Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional...Excellent entertainment.”
— Piping Today Magazine (Glasgow, UK)
“Choice tunes, tastefully arranged and played the way they ought to be... Bravo!”
— Birchen Music (Burlington, VT, USA)