Ellen MacPhee


Ellen MacPhee is a living proponent of a bagpiping tradition geared for dance halls and audiences that like to groove. Her repertoire draws on the dance rhythms of Prince Edward Island, Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton traditions, and her arrangements combine Scottish smallpipes with fiddles, pianos, guitars, banjos and other unlikely characters.
Ellen began her studies in piping and dance at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in her hometown of Summerside, PEI. During those formative years, she also attended summer camps at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton. She found her musical calling at one of those summer sessions when she was introduced to the smallpipes by pipe maker Hamish Moore of Scotland.

In recent years, Ellen has delighted listeners around Eastern Canada and the United States including performance highlights at Celtic Colours International Festival and PEI’s Festival of Small Halls. She has also taught at PEI Fiddle Camp, the Gaelic College, Hamish Moore’s Piping School in Richmond, VT, and The Piper’s Gathering in Killington, VT.

At each stop, Dr. Ellen, who daylights as a chiropractor, encourages healthy playing habits through her seminar: The Prevention of Overuse Injuries in Musicians. In August 2018, Ellen relocated to Quebec City with her family.

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