Maybelle Chisholm McQueen
Pianist Maybelle Chisholm McQueen comes from one of Cape Breton's best known musical families - the Chisholms of Margaree. Maybelle studied music with the Sisters of St. Martha for many years and this classical training shows up in her playing of Scottish tunes. She played her first dance at age ten with her two famous uncles, Angus and Archie Neil Chisholm, and is recognized for her innovative rhythmic techniques. She has recorded with many Cape Breton fiddlers including her uncle Angus, Johnny Wilmot and, more recently, Howie MacDonald. She continues to play at dances and sessions and has often accompanied Ashley MacIsaac at home and at other special events.
Maybelle Chisholm MacQueen is regarded as one of the greats of Cape Breton piano and is considered a veritable regular at the Broad Cove Concert. Raised in a family of well-known musicians, Maybelle learned from the best. She has played with just about every fiddler on the scene.
“Broad Cove is the essence of Scottish music and you always get a good feeling at Broad Cove.” – Maybelle Chisholm McQueen