For more than 40 years, Sandy MacIntyre, has been playing, teaching and promoting the Cape Breton style of fiddle music. He regularly hosts traditional fiddle and stepdancing events at several pubs in the Toronto area, including the famous Bow & Arrow. His professional credits include performances in the Mirvish production “Needfire” and as a featured artist in the Bridging Canada concert series.
Sandy is joined by a wonderful group of players, “Steeped In Tradition”, comprised of Mary MacIntyre, Brian MacIntyre, Stephen MacIntyre, Mickey Andrews, Jeffrey Gosse, and Damien Walsh.
Mary MacIntyre – of Inverness, Cape Breton has played piano since she was big enough to reach the keys. While still a teenager, Mary moved to Ontario and continued to be involved in her first love… music. She has sung and performed in bands on tv, radio, studios and concert halls all across Canada. Her exceptional ability and versatility leaves her much in demand as an accompanist in many styles of music. Some of her fondest memories are accompanying the many Inverness area fiddlers who frequented the MacIntyre home with endless ceilidhs. While playing dances with her brother, Sandy, in Toronto in the seventies, Mary had the pleasure of playing with the inimitable Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald. Mary may be found on the keyboard and as a vocalist anywhere that Sandy plays throughout the country or regularly around Toronto.
Brian MacIntyre – is a fine young multi-talented musician who has played acoustic and electric lead guitar and sings at dances and concerts with a Toronto-based country-rock group, “Full Steam Ahead”. He plays the popular Toronto pub and restaurant Celtic scene as both vocalist and guitar accompanist with his father, Sandy. Brian has a busy personal life, enjoying a successful career with Air Canada while he and his wife, Kathy, are raising two adorable daughters… Nicole who has studied Cape Breton fiddle and stepdancing through her grandfather, Sandy MacIntyre, and Michelle who has interests in Cape Breton stepdancing. Brian and Kathy support anything to do with Cape Breton music.
Stephen MacIntyre – Sandy and Lucy’s youngest son Stephen is also a fine young multi-talented musician who has played percussion at dances and concerts with a Toronto-based country-rock group, “Full Steam Ahead”. Stephen is the percussionist in the family. He plays some fiddle and piano and along with his wife, Alison, and four boys, Alex, Mitchell, Ryan, and Kyle, has always been a strong supporter of Cape Breton fiddle music and, in particular, Sandy’s music career. Stephen and Alison are also enjoying careers with Air Canada. Stephen plays the popular Toronto pub and restaurant Celtic scene as a bodhran accompanist with his father, Sandy, and has accompanied his father on the fiddle and piano at other venues. Stephen also is an accomplished instructor to students wanting to learn how to play the bodhran.
Mickey Andrews – originally from New Waterford, Cape Breton, has spent most of his professional music career playing steel guitar and dobro, accompanying Canadian and Nashville stars in clubs and concert halls around Toronto and across Canada. He is a much sought after musician for studio work and was very much in the forefront when the Canadian country music industry was in its infancy in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He will accompany Sandy on steel guitar.
Jeffrey Gosse – has entertained audiences in many places and is widely known amongst the Celtic fiddlers. Jeffrey had also performed in the Celtic production, “Needfire” at the Princess of Whales Theatre in Toronto during the summer of 1998.
Damien Walsh – has been a friend to the MacIntyres for twenty-five years, beginning as a schoolmate of Brian’s. They would hold jam sessions in the MacIntyre basement and these sessions evolved into playing in several bands around Toronto. Damien has played bass and sang in a wide variety of styles and various projects.