Meagan McCarrel

Meagan McCarrel


Meagan McCarrel plays the music of the Gaelic tradition combined with her own unique energetic arrangements of her favourite traditional tunes.


Meagan McCarrel is a young Canadian fiddler whose style is an amalgam of various musical influences, characterized by a strong incorporation of the Cape Breton tradition. Summers spent on the island introduced the young musician to the area's unique musical culture and she has recently moved to Nova Scotia to pursue a solo career. Earlier, Meagan performed in her native province of Ontario as part of the McCarrel Sisters Band, with older sister Lisa and younger sibling Michelle. The teenaged trio amazed many with a level of artistry that belied their youth and in 2003 the group released their CD "Wide Awake and Dreaming", recorded when Meagan was a mere 16 years old. Critically praised, the recording launched the young group onto the Canadian Celtic music scene, and audiences were impressed with what Dirty Linen Magazine called Meagan's "powerful, assertive technique". A performance at Nova Scotia's Celtic Colours Festival brought international attention to the group and they were subsequently invited to perform outside Canada playing at the Cape Cod Celtic Festival and the Barbados Celtic Festival. Driven by a keen interest in the music and culture of her Scottish ancestors, Meagan travelled to Scotland for the first time to attend Celtic Connections 2004. Her open stage performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall garnered her a Danny Kyle award and an invitation to perform at the 2005 festival.


"Wide Awake and Dreaming" debut cd

Set List

Set list comprised of traditional celtic instrumental tunes combined in medleys. (Jigs, strathspeys, reel etc.). Sets typically 4-7 minutes long-no vocals. Repertoire is Cape Breton/Scottish with some Irish tunes as well.