Born and raised in West Bay Road, Inverness County, Shelly has been playing traditional Cape Breton music for eighteen years. She was influenced by local fiddlers Stephanie Wills, Theresa MacLellan, Gertie Coffin and Alex Francis MacKay to name a few.
For close to 20 years, Shelly has been playing local concerts, pubs and festivals and is a popular player for dances. She has taught Cape Breton style fiddling in workshops and in private lessons throughout Cape Breton and in Scotland including the Ceolas School of Music in South Uist Scotland. Shelly also has an avid interest in the Gaelic language and its preservation in Cape Breton. She is currently teaching Primary school as well as Gaelic language grades 5-9 and teaching private fiddle lessons. Her playing is powerful, lively and graceful and deeply rooted in the traditions she grew up listening to.