Amanda MacDougall was born and raised in Judique, Cape Breton and has a long history with music. She began step dancing at the age of 4 and started piano lessons a few years later. She attended St. Francis Xavier University where she received a BA in Music as well as a B.Ed and a M.Ed. Over the years Amanda has taught both privately and at the Gaelic College. She has performed with many of Cape Breton's notable fiddlers.