Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald | A Day At the Lake

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A Day At the Lake

by Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald

Fiery Scottish Border pipes meet rich Cape Breton fiddle... Driving dances tunes paired with soulful Gaelic songs and airs... An act not to be missed!
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1. Yestreen
3:08 album only
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2. Hats Off to Jerry
3:23 album only
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3. Eoghainn Mhoir a Ghradhaich
6:38 album only
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4. Ben's Solo
6:40 album only
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5. Auld Reekie
4:38 album only
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6. Steppin' in the Garden
2:30 album only
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7. O Cha Teid, Cha Teid Meise
3:06 album only
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8. Anita's Solo
7:39 album only
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9. Southwest of Shinness
3:07 album only
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10. An T-Alltan Dubh
4:19 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Combining the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes with the rich sounds of the Cape Breton fiddle, Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, merging traditional influences from Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, as well as the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This fresh and talented duo pairs driving dance-tunes with expressive Gaelic airs and songs, bringing their listeners a powerful combination of passion and grace.

Ben is an American-born player of Scottish bagpipes, currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland.
His interest in traditional music stems from his exposure to the pipes at a young age, in his hometown of Queensbury, New York, as well as his family’s strong connections to its Scottish and Irish roots, through both his American mother and Canadian father. He began studying the Highland Bagpipes around age eight, but by twelve he began to shift his focus to the bellows-blown Scottish smallpipes and Border pipes. Ben is also an academic, holding an undergraduate degree in Music, as well as a Master's degree in Scottish Ethnology, from the University of Edinburgh's School of Scottish Studies. His repertoire and style draw mainly on the Gaelic traditions of Western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes, blended with a healthy dash of Irish tunes for good measure.

Anita is an accomplished musician, dancer, and Gaelic singer from Little Narrows, Cape Breton.
She began stepdancing in the family kitchen at the tender age of four, and picked up the fiddle a few short years later, at age eight. Anita has been wowing audiences with her impeccable timing and neatly choreographed steps ever since. Anita’s fiddle playing has a distinctive sound, influenced by the deep roots of her musical family and her teachers throughout the years. Her energetic style has put her in demand as a performer and teacher, across Cape Breton and beyond. She has been a featured artist in the Celtic Colours International Festival, and has toured throughout New England with Cape Breton folk trio, The Goin’s On. Anita is also the recipient of the Frank “Big Sampie” Sampson Award, nominated by the Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association. Following this award, Anita released her debut album, “Stepping Stone,” during the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival.

This new and exciting duo emerged after a chance meeting at the Celtic Colours Festival in 2013. Anita then joined Ben for his debut recording project, an EP titled “On Home Ground”, which was released only a few months later in January 2014. The EP has been met with rave reviews, called: “Cunning”, “Fiery”, “Fresh, yet totally traditional”, as well as “Excellent entertainment” – giving listeners a real taste of things to come.

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