Starting the fiddle at the age of 12, Rannie MacLellan's mother, who hails from Deepdale, showed him how to play his first tune, although she was not a fiddle player but a good piano accompaniment. He played in his first concert at the South West Margaree Hall when he was fourteen. That was in 1965. Fiddler's didn't travel much in those days. Rannie learned many tunes from the playing of the Fiddler's of that era, his Dad, Buddy MacMaster, Donald Angus Beaton, Cameron Chisholm, Angus Allan Gillis and many more. Since moving to PEI, Rannie has played at the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival, the Atlantic Fiddler's Jamboree, the QEH telethon, the PEI Festival or Small Halls, and several ceilidhs and dances, as well as playing with the Chaisson Trio group. Rannie has been composing fiddle tunes for twenty five years. He has around forty tunes written.