The Lake Sessions

Dara Smith-MacDonald, Adam Young + Brent Chaisson

Traditional East Coast music featuring fiddle, piano and guitar


Dara Smith-MacDonald

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

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.


Brent Chaisson

A multi-instrumentalist from a long line of Chaisson Family fiddlers of eastern Prince Edward Island, Brent Chaisson quickly grew to love traditional fiddle music.
At age 12 he began to learn guitar and commonly accompanies local fiddlers at concerts. His Celtic rock band “Kindle” garnered much acclaim and success with the release of their self titled record.
As a founding member of the trad group “DOC” he gained a 2016 ECMA nomination.
He has shared the stage with the Trews, Gordie Sampson, Great Big Sea and more.

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