Mac started his music career early which was humbly nurtured in the home. Step dancing came first, with his earliest steps and guidance provided for by his mother, Mary Catherine. By 15, Mac was known as one of Cape Breton’s finest dancing performers and began teaching traditional dance in Cape Breton.
He continues to travel through out Canada, the US and Europe teaching/performing the traditional dancing of the Island. He has also recently performed several tours with Dannsa, a Scottish dance/music ensemble during the winters of 2009-2013. Although piano was not his first display of the Cape Breton culture, it has become another element that Mac is now known for. Since he began to play nearly 20 years ago, he has managed to record and tour with many great performers including Yo-Yo Ma, the Rankin Family, Ashley MacIsaac, Allison Krauss, Dianna Krall, the Cheiftains, Art Garfunkle, and many more.
He was also cofounder/coproducer of the Cape Breton traditional group, Beòlach. He has most recently recorded with Natalie MacMaster on her ECMA award winning album, Cape Breton Girl, and continues to tour with her throughout North America and Europe. On rare occasions when he is home in Cape Breton, he is highly sought after to lend his skills at dances, concerts, ceilidhs, and the house parties.