Lewis MacKinnon is the Executive Director of Gaelic Affairs for the Province of Nova Scotia, though some still know him as the young fellow from Antigonish County’s Dunmore Road who speaks the Gaelic and sings it, too. Singing in English, Scottish Gaelic and Irish, Lewis MacKinnon performs regularly as a solo artist and as a member of the East Coast group, the Jug in Hand Band. Playing rhythm guitar, MacKinnon has shared his powerful baritone voice with audiences in the coffee shops, pubs and concert halls of Eastern Canada, New England, Scotland and Ireland.
In 2006 he released an all Gaelic recording titled, A’ Seo (“Here”) which earned him an ECMA nomination in the Roots/Traditional category. In 2010, he completed his first all-English solo recording, titled “Making More Of It”. He has also written a book of poetry called Famhair (Giant.)