Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald - Alasdair nan Stòp
Region: Nova Scotia
Genre: Celtic, Folk, Roots, Traditional, World

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Canada and further afield, for their synergistic approach to traditional Scottish music. Blending Scottish Lowland pipes with Cape Breton fiddle, Gaelic song and step-dance, Ben and Anita join together the threads of Old and New World traditions, while constantly exploring new ways to bring their instruments closer together.

As well as performing as a duo, Ben and Anita tour as trio featuring Acadian multi-instrumentalist, Zakk Cormier. Zakk is a dynamic musician with deep roots in the musical community of Prince Edward Island, and in Franco-Celtic traditions. He brings his talents as a sympathetic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythms of Acadian foot-percussion.

With their latest album, South Haven, the trio have created a powerful sound, which transcends the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions. Since its release, their show has captivated audiences across the globe, from British Columbia and California, to Austria and Denmark.


2019 - Instrumental Recording of the Year (South Haven) - East Coast Music Award Nominee
2019 - Gaelic Artist of the Year - East Coast Music Award Nominee
2018 - Instrumental Group of the Year - Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee
2018 - Roots Traditional Album of the Year (South Haven) - Music Nova Scotia Award Nominee


Tour Highlights:

2019 - New England Tour
2019 - California Tour
2018 - Europe Tour
2018 - Maritimes/Ontario Tour
2018 - California Tour
2018 - British Columbia Tour
2017 - New England Tour
2017 - Maritime Tour
2017 - California Tour
2017 - Ontario Tour

Festival Highlights:

2019 - New World Festival - Vermont, USA
2019 - Lunenburg Folk Festival - Nova Scotia, CA
2019 - Folk Alliance International - Quebec, CA
2019, 2017 - Pasadena Folk Club - California, USA
2019, 2017-2015 - KitchenFest! - Nova Scotia, CA
2019 - Moncton Highland Games - New Brunswick, CA
2018-2015 Celtic Colours International Festival, NS
2018 - Moose N’ Fiddle Festival - Ontario, CA
2018 - Atlantic Fiddlers Jamboree - PEI, CA
2018 - New Brunswick Highland Games Festival - New Brunswick, CA
2018 - Stewart Park Festival - Ontario, CA
2018 - Almonte Celtfest - Ontario, CA
2018 - Festival of Small Halls - PEI, CA
2018 - Coldsnap Festival - British Columbia, CA
2017 - Austin Celtic Festival - Texas, USA
2017 - Re-jigged Festival - Nova Scotia, CA
2017 - American Folk Festival - Maine, USA
2017 - Stratford Summer Music - Ontario, CA
2017 - Goderich Celtic College & Festival - Ontario, CA
2017 - Campobello FogFest - Maine, USA
2017 - Home County Music & Arts Festival - Ontario, CA
2017-2016 - Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival - Colorado, USA


Visit to find a full listing of upcoming shows.


Krista Keough, Artist Manager/Bookings


“Cunning... Fiery... Fresh, yet totally traditional...Excellent entertainment.” Piping Today Magazine (UK)

"[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)

"....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, CBC Host/Producer (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 (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 (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 (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 (CAN)

“Choice tunes, tastefully arranged and played the way they ought to be... Bravo!” Birchen Music (USA)