Colin MacDonald

Colin MacDonald
Location:
Inverness

Cailean Dòmhnullach | Colin MacDonald hails from Foot Cape, which is located just outside of Inverness, Cape Breton Island. From an early age, Colin was frequently exposed to Gaelic culture, and was encouraged to participate. Colin learned his first steps from his mother, Donna MacDonald, and continued learning from various dance instructors over the years. Colin is a member of local dance group, Fileanta, whose mission is to promote Cape Breton step dancing and square dancing. At age 10, Colin formed a band called All Fired Up, with his two brothers, Keith and Kyle MacDonald, incorporating fiddle and bagpipe music, Gaelic song and dance. Colin plays guitar and piano, Keith plays the bagpipes, and Kyle plays the fiddle in their band. The three brothers sing Gaelic songs together and step dance. Colin began learning Scottish Gaelic in high school at Dalbrae Academy in Mabou, he continued his studies at Cape Breton University where he completed exchange programs to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland, and Sabhal Mór Ostaig (Gaelic College), Isle of Skye, Scotland. After graduating from CBU, Colin moved back home to Cape Breton and continued studying Gaelic language through community immersion classes, intensive immersion weekends, and through a Master-apprentice program called Bun is Bàrr, where Colin was partnered with native Gaelic speaker and close friend, Anna MacKinnon. Colin is currently the Gaelic Director at Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College, and he feels a very strong tie to the Gaelic community in Nova Scotia and beyond. Suas leis a’ Ghàidhlig!

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