Over the past few years Michael Hall has made his mark on the world of Cape Breton fiddle music. Unlike so many of today's young players, he didn't grow up on this island surrounded by friends, neighbors and relatives who played. Originally from New Brunswick, he spent a lot of time playing the accordion while growing up, but even there the influence of the Cape Breton music seeped into his mind and soul and he was hooked. One of Mike's main influences was Alex "Lewis" MacDonald, an Inverness County fiddler who lived in Saint John. Alex had a nice swing to his playing and a good variety of tunes. Mike also learned from pianist Maybelle Chisholm McQueen, who spent a number of years in the same area. Eventually, Mike made the move and followed his musical heart to Cape Breton where he continued to soak up the music, spending a lot of time around Cheticamp and rapidly developing into a respected player in his own right.