The Atlantic Provinces -- comprising the Maritimes (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick) and Newfoundland -- are global hotspots for Celtic and Celtic-influenced music. These regions on Canada's eastern coast, settled primarily by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, held tightly to their roots even as they expanded and evolved (and drew heavily on the influence of the sea for inspiration). In recent years, the world has finally taken notice. Enjoy!

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


R

Dorman Ralph
Dorman Ralph (1999)

The Rankin Family
The Rankin Family (1989)
Fare Thee Well Love (1990)
North Country (1993)
Collection (1996)

Jimmy Rankin
Song Dog (2001)
Handmade (2003)

Mairi Rankin
First Hand (2001)

Raylene Rankin
Lambs in Spring (2003)

The Rankins
Uprooted (1999)

Rawlins Cross
Living River (1996)
Make It On Time (1998)

Stacey Lynn Read
Playing with a Full Deck (1999)

Jessica Rhaye
Jessica Rhaye (2000)

Samantha Robichaud
Just Being Me (1999)
Twistin' the Bow (2001)
Vivacious (2004)

Stan Rogers
Fogarty's Cove (1977)
Turnaround (1978)
From Fresh Water (1984)
One Warm Line: The Legacy of Stan Rogers (1989)
Home in Halifax (1992)
From Coffee House to Concert Hall (1999)
The Very Best of Stan Rogers (2011)

Jennifer Roland
Dedication (1997)
Wings (2000)
For Each New Day (2005)

Roxeen
Tell Me Mister (2002)

Ryan's Fancy
What a Time! A Forty Year Celebration (2011)


S

Gordie Sampson
Stones (1998)
Sunburn (2004)

John Curtis Sampson
You Got Me (1999)

The Sharecroppers
Home, Boys (2003)

Slainte Mhath
VA (2002)

Christina Smith & Jean Hewson
Like Ducks! (1998)
August Gale (2006)

Laura Smith
Laura Smith (1989/95)
B'tween the Earth & My Soul (1994)
It's a Personal Thing (1997)
Everything is Moving (2013)

Snotty Var
Snotty Var (1997)

Sons of Maxwell
The Neighbourhood (1998)
Sailors Story (1999)
Among the Living (2001)
Instant Christmas (2001)

David Stone & Friends
The Journey (2000)

Brenda Stubbert
House Sessions (1998)


T

Cory Tetford
Grace (1999)

Tickle Harbour
Battery Included (1998)


V

various artists
Amber Christmas (1998)
Cape Breton by Request (2001)
The Ceilidh Collection (1999)
 The Celtic Colours Sessions (2012)
An East Coast Christmas (1999)
Failte: A Cape Breton Welcome (2006)
The Heart of Cape Breton:
   Fiddle Music Recorded Live Along the Ceilidh Trail
(2002)
The Independence Suite:
   Traditional Music from Ireland, Scotland & Cape Breton
(2006)
More Bridges to Cross:
   Cape Breton's Best Fiddle Music
(2001)

Remembering Stan Rogers: An East Coast Tribute (1995)
Rosin the Bow: East Coast Fiddles (1998)
Sailing on the Sea: An East Coast Compilation (2000)
Songs of the Wooden Boat (1996)
The Sounds of Nova Scotia, Vol. 2 (1991)
The Sounds of Nova Scotia, Vol. 3 (2001)
Stan Rogers -- A Matter of Heart: The Musical Revue (2000)
Traditional Music from Cape Breton Island (1993)
We Will Remain: Patriotic Songs of Newfoundland (1998)

Vishten
Mosaik (2012)


W

Buddy Wasisname & the Other Fellers
Greatest Misses! (1999)

Minnie White
The Hills of Home (1994)

Nancy White
Gaelic Envy (1998)
Stickers on Fruit (2002)

Nathan Wiley
The City Destroyed Me (2007)

Richard Wood
Fire Dance (1997)
Come Dance with Me (1999)


Y

Mike Younger
Every Stone You Throw (2006)

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For more information on Cape Breton music, check out Cape Breton Music Online. Keep abreast of the East Coast Music Association here. And do pay a visit to the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre of Judique as well.


For the best in live music from the Maritimes, try to attend the Celtic Colours International Festival, a week-long music event that will blow your mind!!


You can read interviews with Natalie MacMaster, Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle and other fine folks in the music world in our musicians' chat room.


You'll also find books on Cape Breton music reviewed in our music library.


Interested in an outside view of Cape Breton musicians? You can read an excellent article, "Fiddlers of the Maritime Provinces" by Paul-Emile Comeau, at the Dirty Linen website. Check it out ... and then hurry back to Rambles for more reviews!






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