Brian Doyle and Scott MacMillan
Brian Doyle (left) & Scott MacMillan (right).
Brian Doyle - It is no surprise that Brian Doyle has become the compelling musician we now see on stage. Music was as important as first steps within the vibrant Celtic music scene he was born to on Cape Breton Island, and the rich musical soil of his own Chisholm family was a perfect launching pad for the musical career that was to follow.
On stage since the age of fourteen, Brian has played the Rock and Blues scene with many successful groups including his own project "Greyloch," A Celtic Rock fusion group nominated for an East Coast Music Award - Rock Album of the Year, 2000. Happy to play with any others on the world stage, Brian's versatility is in demand and has him touring the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Europe. Having performed at Broad Cove for many years, Brian brings a unique Celtic presence to our stage.
Scott MacMillan - Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1955, Scott is recognized as one of Canada’s leading musicians, and as playing an integral role in widening the audience for the music of Atlantic Canada both nationally and internationally. Equally at home on the podium, in the studio or behind a guitar, Mr. Macmillan is in great demand as a music director, performer/conductor, arranger and producer. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at Dalhousie University, where he also took courses in music, and continued his musical training at Humber College in Toronto. During his school years he worked as a guitar player and subsequently spent five years touring as part of Rita MacNeil’s band. His Scott Macmillan Sextet was a winner in the Atlantic region for his original compositions in the Alcan Montreal Jazz Festival in 1987. CBC’s Opening Night in January of 2003.
An exceptional guitarist, Scott Macmillan has been nominated seven times for ECMA’s, receiving the Instrumental Artist of the year Award in 1988 and Best Classical Recording for Bach Meets Cape Breton with Puirt a Baroque in 1995. His other recordings include Songs of the Cape with The Octet, Guitar Souls with David MacIsaac, and Scott Macmillan Presents the Minnie Sessions volumes, 1, 2 and 3, with guest musician friends. In the spring of 2000, Mr. Mac Millan and his Minnie Session concept were a weekly feature during a 13-week live to air CBC Radio national series, “The Nova Scotia Kitchen Party.” Scott’s latest album, 'Within Sight of Shore', tells the tragic story of the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt, told through music and film.