The Pellerin Brothers
Bill and John Pellerin are brothers who were born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Bill started dancing at six years of age and John at four. They were instructed by Margaret Dunn, the late Rev. Angus MacDonnell, Ellen MacPherson and Gary (MacPherson) Fiddler. John began playing fiddle at the age of ten under the direction of Stan Chapman. Bill and John acquired a great wealth of music through family. Their father, Kenneth, is a fiddle player who has played for dances for years in the Antigonish area. Their roots go deep in Cape Breton tradition as well. Their grandmother on their mother's side is a Beaton from the Mabou Coal Mines. Dancing and fiddling has brought both Bill and John throughout Canada, USA and Ireland. Both have had the opportunity to demonstrate fiddle and dance alongside Buddy MacMaster, Winnie Chafe, the late John Morris Rankin, Natalie MacMaster, and Ashley MacIsaac, among others. In 2010 the brothers helped open the Celtic Colours show with Natalie MacMaster and went on to perform with the late Rita MacNeil later on in the show.