One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in that hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans. Considered something of a local legend and prodigy by the time of his impressive 1992 debut Close To The Floor, Ashley broke through to the mainstream with the double-platinum genre-bending Hi, How Are You Today? in 1995. International radio play for the single, Sleepy Maggie, and a regular slot on MuchMusic made Ashley an instant Canadian icon.
Much has been said about the antics of the enfant terrible of the Fiddle, but only because he has had international success and notoriety from an early age and grew up under the spotlight as one of the most dynamic fiddlers from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacIsaac constantly pushed the traditional styles of Celtic music as he grew up and incorporated rock, pop, and everything imaginable in between.
A renowned fiddle player, piano player and step dancer, Ashley MacIsaac has performed in the opening ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to a worldwide audience and with artists such as Phillip Glass and The Chieftains. Ashley also played with The White Stripes for their “Under Great White Northern Lights” Canadian tour which was turned in to a documentary.
He has appeared on the Conan O’Brian show, the Today Show and has been a spotlight at international festivals, theatres and halls all over the world. He has also been featured on Bravo’s celebrity series “Star Portraits” and CBC’s acclaimed series “Life & Times”.
In 2005 MacIsaac released his first non-fiddle record “Pride”, a collection of pop songs which was an artistic success and allowed Ashley to experiment with new genres. Fall 2009 brought forth a joint record with his sister, Madison Violet’s Lisa MacIsaac, titled “New Family Tradition” made up of Celtic jigs and tunes. “New Family Tradition” was the first time the siblings had ever collaborated on a record together. The album was only available at shows and promptly sold out.
The CD titled “Crossover” is Ashley MacIsaac’s first full band recording since 2002. No frills, just great music by a proud Canadian who shreds on a fiddle like no one else can. With the exciting musical experiments and collaborations of recent years still in his mind, Ashley became energized again with the release of “Crossover”, the first album in this style in ten years. With Celtic crossovers such as the beautiful “She’s A Rare One”, sung by Mary Jane Lamond. “I begged Mary Jane to sing my favourite old Gaelic song,”MacIsaac recalls, “finally she did and it was worth all the begging! Mary Jane Lamond is indeed a rare one.” There is also the bittersweet ballad “White Velvet”, the lyrics, which MacIsaac credits as the inspiration for the entire album, are coupled with music influenced by his Catholic upbringing. Of course we can also expect electrifying, fast paced Power Rock Fiddle songs like “Poka Rokin.” “This was my dad’s favourite Cape Breton step dance tune which I kicked up one powerful notch!”
Ashley describes this record as his proper answer to his 1995 multi-platinum record “Hi How Are You Today?” and while having made 7 more albums and ventured into many different genres since then; the album manages to echo his first big hit while also containing different styles which span the range of influences and musical textures that Ashley has discovered throughout his life.
In 2012 Ashley and Barbara MacDonald Magone released a new record called “Beautiful Lake Ainslie”, a collection of traditional tracks performed with Piano and Fiddle, recorded in Windsor at Polaris Studios.
In 2016 Ashley and Jay Andrews created a new project called FDLER. Dance, electronic, celtic pop and more. It is ethereal as it is catchy, with help from great artists such as Neon Dreams and many more.
General admission tickets and packages are currently AVAILABLE ONLINE. Tickets will also be available at the gate (unless sold out).
Jesse Roper w/The Ryder Bachman Band: $30 ($25 FHLPA Member Price*)
Delhi 2 Dublin w/Black Swan Fiddlers: $30 ($25 FHLPA Member Price*)
Ashley MacIsaac: $30 ($25 FHLPA Member Price*)
Children 12 and under are FREE, when accompanied by a ticketed adult. All-ages welcome.
Best Value! For a limited time until July 1, 2017: 3-Concert Package: $75 OR 3-Concert Package plus 4-Day Filberg Festival Pass: $120 BUY TICKETS*Member price available with promo code (provided through member email) . Service fee will be added at the point of purchase. No tax. All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
Filberg Park is located at 61 Filberg Road in Comox, BC, off of Comox Avenue. There is some vehicle parking including accessible parking via gate two, off of Filberg Road. Additionally, there is street parking. BC Transit goes past the Park via Pritchard Road. Walking and biking are also recommended. Festival style seating with chairs and bleachers is available. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and fold up chairs for the meadow area outside of the stage front seating area.
Please, no dogs in Filberg Park
No ATM on site
The Filberg Summer Kitchen will be open during the concerts for dinner, snacks and drinks.
Joining us from out of town? As our 2017 Hotel Partner, the Westerly Hotel is offering a 10% discount off of regular priced rooms to concert attendees. Please let hotel staff know at the time of your reservation.
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