Rodney MacDonald grew up surrounded by fiddle music and step dancing. His style reflects that of the 'Mabou' style fiddling and step dancing; a style in which timing and Gaelic influence are evident. As a dancer, he began at home with his mother and father 'jigging' tunes throughout the day, learning the basic steps. His extended family, The Beatons of Mabou, and the 'Kenny, Sandy, Finlay' MacDonald's of Mabou Harbour, also influenced his dance style. Formal lessons with Mary Janet MacDonald later added to his repertoire of steps while dancers such as Harvey Beaton, and Willie Fraser were important influences. His first public stage appearance occurred in Sydney at the age of 8 as part of the 'Young Mabou Dancers Square Set.' Rodney MacDonald has performed and taught step dancing throughout Atlantic Canada, Ontario, the eastern U.S.A., and in Scotland. He began playing the violin at the age of 12, learning from his uncle, Kinnon Beaton, and was heavily influenced by the music his grandparents, Donald Angus and Elizabeth Beaton, John Morris Rankin, the Mabou Fiddlers, as well as his uncle, piano player, Joey Beaton. Mr. MacDonald has two recordings to his credit and has been featured on numerous others over the years: his first solo recording being, Dancers' Delight (1995) and Traditionally Rockin' (97) which was done with his cousin, Glenn Graham. The later received two E.C.M.A. nominations in 1998 (Roots Tradition Artist of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year). As a composer, his tunes have been recorded by a number of Cape Breton fiddlers. Mr. MacDonald is a former Premier of Nova Scotia, the current CEO of Colaisde Na Gaidhlig, owner of Ceilidh Cottages in West Mabou, and has been an instructor of both step dancing and violin at the College. He currently resides in Mabou, Cape Breton, with his wife Gayle and son Ryan.