Beloved Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster dies at age 89

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HALIFAX – Cape Breton fiddling icon Buddy MacMaster has died at the age of 89.

Buddy MacMaster raises his Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award at the East Coast Music Award in Charlottetown in this Feb 27, 2006 file photo. Buddy MacMaster has died at age 89.

MacMaster was born in Timmins, Ont., but grew up in and lived in Judique, N.S.

In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Canada and credited with leading a Gaelic renaissance in the country and beyond.

MacMaster’s citation for the honour says he began playing the fiddle as a child after finding his father’s instrument in a trunk and went on to become internationally renowned for his talent.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says MacMaster was a musical ambassador for Nova Scotia and Canada.

MacMaster’s son, Allan MacMaster, is the Tory member of the legislature for Inverness. (The Canadian Press, CIGO)

Organizations: Tory

Geographic location: Canada, Timmins, Judique Nova Scotia

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