Words on World Music

This week on Celt in a Twist — an interview with Ashley MacIsaac!


Saturday, February 28th, 2009

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Our producer, Cal Koat, caught up with Ashley MacIsaac — fiddle virtuoso and iconoclast– at his home down east, and spent a little time chatting. I don’t think I’ve ever told you, but Ashley MacIsaac is the main reason I started to love Celtic music, and a performance he gave some years back here in Vancouver led to, well, all this.  A radio show (now also a podcast), this blog, and a life-long love of all things Celtic.

My grandfather, Daniel James Fraser, was born in the last years of the 19th century, and lived to be 97.  He loved to tell me about working on a farm in Ontario, and going out on a Saturday night and dancing all night to a Cape Breton fiddler, until they went off to church the next morning — still in their work boots.  But I had never heard a real Cape Breton fiddler out on the left coast, where I’ve lived all my life.

Until I heard Ashley MacIsaac.  It was at the opening of GM Place in Vancouver.  Ashley got on stage and really started shreddin’ her, and I just fell in love.  I recognized my native song.  And I’ve been crazy about it every since.

Fellow Ashley fans will want to hear this week’s interview on the Celt in a Twist Show.

On your iPhone or iTouch, Celt in a Twist is a click away at our sister site, worldbeatcanada.com.  Just click on the banner on the home page, and listen to all our latest shows!  And be sure to catch worldbeatcanada Radio — the best of global music delivered fresh and hot to your ears every week.

Listening on your iPod or mp3 player? Download our podcast from the iTunes store this week. Or tune in to AM1470 Sunday, February 15, at 4 pm, (Metro Vancouver area) and you’ll hear these great Celtic artists! Click on their names to go to their websites — find out more about the musicians and maybe buy one of their CDs.

And if you are in the Metro Vancouver area, check out our Events page  to find out if you can see great Celtic bands live!   La Bottine Souriante will be in town for the Festival du Bois, and we’re getting charged up about the annual Celtic Fest in March.

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