Anita MacDonald is an accomplished musician, dancer, and Gaelic singer from Little Narrows, Cape Breton. She began stepdancing in the family kitchen at the tender age of four, and picked up the fiddle a few short years later, at age eight. Anita has been wowing audiences with her impeccable timing and neatly choreographed steps ever since. Anita’s fiddle playing has a distinctive sound, influenced by the deep roots of her musical family and her teachers throughout the years. Her energetic style has put her in demand as a performer and teacher, across Cape Breton and beyond. She has been a featured artist in the Celtic Colours International Festival, and has toured throughout New England with Cape Breton folk trio, The Goin’s On. When she is not performing, Anita is often sought after to conduct workshops in music, dance, and song. She has worked with the Ottawa Cape Breton Session, Champlain Valley Traditional Arts, PEI Fiddle Camp, and has been a regular summer instructor at Féis an Eilein, in Christmas Island. Anita’s passion for Cape Breton music has also enabled her to work extensively with the cultural component of Féis an Eilein for the past eight years.
Anita is the recipient of the Frank “Big Sampie” Sampson Award, nominated by the Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association and supported by Lakewind Sound Studios. Following this award, Anita released her debut album, “Stepping Stone,” during the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival.
In addition to her own projects, Anita has also been featured on Jean MacNeil’s instructional stepdance video: “Spring In Your Step”, as well as Cape Breton Live Radio’s compilation album: “Cape Breton Live: Take 01”. She is also involved with a new musical project, led by American piper, Ben Miller, and played for the group’s debut recording in the fall of 2013.
She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, focusing in History and Gaelic, from Cape Breton University, and is completing a program in Event Management through New Brunswick Community College.