Katie MacLeod wears a fiddle like a natural appendage. Father Colonel, grand uncle to Katie and an integral promoter of the Broad Cove Concert, was a vital influence in Katie’s musical career. Recalling one of the first tunes she learned to play, she hums Morag of Dunvegan, a gentle air. At the time, she raced along as if it were a reel. “I thought faster was better! It must have been very annoying, but I still got lots of encouragement,” she says. Katie is also an accomplished step dancer. In fact, she learned to dance before she learned to play the fiddle. “Good dancers can dance on the stump of a tree. Your feet fly but your body doesn’t move, unlike Irish dancing where they cover a lot of ground.” Cape Breton dancers can move their feet faster than a spider but the best ones are “neat”—meaning their footwork is close to the floor. Katie, an active member of the parish, plants her roots in Dunvegan, a close suburb of Broad Cove.