The Lake Sessions

Dara Smith-MacDonald, Adam Young + Brent Chaisson

Traditional East Coast music featuring fiddle, piano and guitar

2019 East Coast Music Award Nominees
(Gaelic Artist of the Year)

2018 Nova Scotia Music Award Nominees
(Traditional/Roots Album of the Year)


Dara Smith-MacDonald, born and raised in Antigonish, but with strong family roots in Inverness. She now resides in Port Hawkesbury. She has been playing the fiddle for over 20 years with a style that is strong, lively and traditional. Dara has played for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and the United States. She has performed for the Antigonish Highland Games, the Acoustic Roots Festival, Kitchenfest and Celtic Colours. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching fiddle to students at St. Ann’s Gaelic College, as well as to many students in her home and around the world via Skype. Dara is a musical director and a board member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association. 


Adam Young is a sought-after pianist from the community of French Road. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music. He created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouse’s popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has seen over 350 performances since it began 15 years ago. He regularly plays at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents in Scotland and Ireland, across Canada and in the United States. He can also be heard on recordings by Dara Smith-MacDonald, Colin Grant, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, Eric Angus Whyte, Jason MacDonald, Marilyn MacDonald-MacKinnon, and the recently-released album “Pipe Slang” by Scottish fiddler Jamie MacDonald and Austrian piper Christian Gamauf.


Artist Illustrations: Adam MacKenzie (Sperry Design)