Troy MacGillivray

Sat. Sep 20, 2014
8:00 pm

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Troy MacGillivray

Fiddler, pianist, stepdancer, Troy MacGillivray recently returned from Ireland where he performed at various festivals with musicians Allan Dewar and Shelly Campbell. Allan is a well-known pianist and Shelly is a powerful fiddler player, Gaelic speaker, step dancer, and purveyor of the culture. She also plays at the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival each year on PEI. The trio will be on stage together for this performance at Harmony House Theatre.

Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, his musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.

Troy’s first 2 recordings, Boomerang (2003) and Musical Ties (2001), received East Coast Music Award nominations as well as Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia nominations. Musical Ties is a blend of contemporary and original compositions with two hundred year old melodies played on the piano and fiddle while Boomerang is a demonstration of the piano and fiddle played in the purist traditional styling’s. It is a roots-centered approach with the power to capture any audience.

MacGillivray’s third solo album, ELEVEN, is a tribute to his Highland heritage, and is named in recognition of the nickname given to his grandfather, fiddling pioneer Hugh A. MacDonald – Hughie No. 11. Additionally, this album marks the 11th recording on which MacGillivray has appeared.

Troy’s 4th CD, Live At The Music Room, is the 2008 ECMA Instrumental Recording of the Year. This live recording took place January 2007 at The Music Room in Halifax, NS – one of the finest acoustic spaces in Canada. This unique facility, which houses a New York-built Steinway grand piano, superbly showcases Troy’s musical talents in a live setting featuring the accompaniments of Dave MacIsaac, Allan Dewar, Brad Davidge and Sabra MacGillivray. The award-winning CD contains a wide variety of strathespeys and reels, jigs and polkas, a hornpipe and a piano air … and even some fantastic step-dancing!

Troy’s latest project, When Here Meets There, is a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook that showcases why both fiddlers are at the top of their game. “Individually, these two fiddlers are virtuosic musicians and dynamic performers; together, stimulating and feeding off of each other and their top-tier back-up musicians, they are inspirational.” (Dr. Sherry Johnson – York University, Toronto)

From repeat appearances at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival to a tour in British Columbia to appearing at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championships to promotional tours in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston and Chicago, Troy continues to impress and amaze audiences around with world with his incredible array of talent.


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