Deemed the newest powerhouse of Route 19 by Ashley MacIsaac, Joe MacMaster has quickly risen up the ranks of the Cape Breton music scene in the last number of years. With an arsenal of pipes, fiddle, and piano, Joe has made his mark on the local music scene as a regular player at dances and ceilidhs in and around Cape Breton. He has toured through the United States performing with Natalie MacMaster, brought his music to Ontario on multiple occasions, and has even performed at the Edmonton Folk Festival. Hailing from Troy, Joe is one of younger members of the MacMaster fiddling dynasty.. He credits his greatest musical influences as his grand-uncle Buddy MacMaster, his aunt Natalie MacMaster, Kenneth MacKenzie, and Mac Morin. He is known for his traditional style and repertoire, but is also a composer with several noted tunes in circulation to his name. Joe was a part of Na Gaisgich Òga, and Féis Cape Breton, two programs geared towards developing Gaelic fluency, and traditional music skills in youth. Joe currently attends St. FX university, and does work as a blacksmith aside from his music.