Meet the Masters event had crowd clapping and cheering

Ancelene MacKinnon
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Event part of the 27th annual Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree

MONT-CARMEL – “Wendy, can I ask you a question? Have you and Ashley always played music together,” asked Pascal Gemme, a fiddler from Quebec.

Ashley MacIsaac and Wendy MacIsaac had the crowd cheering at Mont-Carmel Parish Hall on Saturday for the Meet the Masters event.

From her spot on the opposite side of the stage, Wendy MacIsaac replied, “We’ve been playing together for the past 31 years.”

Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to that much over the last few years.

“So we’re happy we can play together this weekend,” she added.

Saturday afternoon, the duo was together for the 27th annual Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree event, Meet the Masters.

Fiddlers and guitarists from as far as Cape Breton and Ireland lined the stage at the Mont-Carmel Parish Hall. Included among Ashley MacIsaac, Wendy MacIsaac and Gemme were Aidan Burke and Vishten’s Pascal Miousse.

Caroline Arsenault, committee member and acting president for the jamboree, said the weekend was showing a lot of success.

“With a name like Ashley MacIsaac and return step dancer Jean-Francois Berthiaume from Quebec, they really draw crowds,” said Arsenault.

It’s something the crowd can really get into, she said.

“We like to blend and hear different styles of the fiddle.”

Arsenault said traditional music — be it piano, guitar or fiddle — is part of Island culture.

“Music is played year-round in kitchens and small halls, so we like to take one weekend out of the year to celebrate it.”

Music has played an important role in her life and for a lot of other people, she said.

“I never heard of anyone who didn’t like music. We’re all really drawn to it.”

She’s happy the Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree is an ongoing event.

“The communities and fans give their support, and a lot of visitors plan their trip around this time of year.”


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