Troy MacGillivray

Fiddle | Piano

We are very excited to welcome Troy MacGillivray back to Music Camp this summer! Along with so many other people, we have long admired his playing – both on the fiddle and piano! His commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments – most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. Troy also completed Grade 7 of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, spent 4 years in a stringed orchestra, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. F X University, and received an Applied Music Technology Diploma for recording engineering. And this is just the beginning!

Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, Troy has a musical prowess that can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. His roots-centered approach to fiddling and piano playing inspires audiences far and wide.  You can’t help but want to move or dance when listening to him play.  With numerous CDs, multiple ECMAs, Music Nova Scotia and Canadian Folk Music awards/nominations to his credit, Troy balances traditional music with his own internationally acclaimed compositions. Not surprisingly, these compositions are well known and being recorded by other artists from across Canada and around the world. Troy composed The New Tunemakers which was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the Instrumental Category. With over 15,000 entries submitted, Troy was one of only 7 Canadians to reach the finals!

As a multi-award winning instrumentalist, Troy has appeared on numerous recordings and completed several of his own solo projects: Musical Ties, Boomerang, Eleven, Live at the Music Room, and When Here Meets There – a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook. Troy assembled a 6th album called Tune Poets which weaves some of his own compositions alongside fantastic and unique arrangements of great composers from the traditional fiddle world. This latest offering is wide and varied mix of music that captivates fans, old and new alike. Live At The Music Room, received several awards, including the East Coast Music Association’s Instrumental Recording of the Year and the Music Nova Scotia’s Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year. His project, When Here Meets There, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and also won an East Coast Music Association Award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year! In addition to these awards, Troy also received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, in September 2012.

Troy’s bloodline is equally as impressive. The Lanark MacGillivrays and MacDonalds have been proprietors of the Gaelic tradition in North Eastern Nova Scotia for generations. Troy’s grandfather, Hugh A. MacDonald, is a member of the Nova Scotia Country Hall of Fame – an honour bestowed for his contribution to the Gaelic culture of Nova Scotia. Troy’s parents, Tony and Janice, are talented musicians in their own rights while his sister, Kendra, is a two time East Coast Music Award winning Celtic fiddler and his sister Sabra, is an accomplished dancer and percussionist. Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home! We can’t wait to welcome him to Music Camp and experience many talents and his rich musical heritage.

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