Brandi McCarthy grew up in Port Hawkesbury with a keen interest in traditional Cape Breton music, dance, and Gaelic culture. She began step dancing at age 6 and playing the fiddle at age 9, attending lessons and workshops with various local musicians and dancers throughout her youth. Learning, listening and observing from many different influences, Brandi continued developing her technique and repertoire and began performing and teaching in her teens. Brandi often attended and performed at ceilidhs, square dances and festivals and has taught locally and in Ireland and Scotland.
Brandi earned a Bachelor of Science at St.FX University and Bachelor of Education at St. Thomas University, and spent a number of summers working at the Celtic Music Centre and The Gaelic College. Brandi went on to live in Ireland where she was immersed in Irish music and dance and has since spent many years traveling and living abroad pursuing international backpacking adventures, horseback tour guiding, teaching/volunteering experiences, and working on cruise ships. Brandi looks forward to connecting with students through dance as an instructor with the Gaelic College’s Spring Online Series.