Pius MacIsaac

Pius MacIsaac

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Pius MacIsaac performs the music of the ceilidh and sings the songs of the folk tradition.

Biography

Pius MacIsaac , an artist hailing from Mabou, Cape Breton, is a regular performer at the local festivals and parish hall dances that intrigue so many of the island's visitors. A gifted composer, Pius has written several tunes which he performs on his violin and mandolin as well as his guitar. He is a sought-after artist in Cape Breton and can be seen accompanying many of the island's top fiddlers with his driving, percussive guitar rhythms.

Full Biography:
Pius MacIsaac an artist hailing from Mabou, Cape Breton, is a man who shares his love of music graciously with his fans and inspires all who believe that faith and dedication can allow for triumph over adversity.

Pius was born into a large family. His twin brother was a healthy and thriving newborn, but the doctor warned Pius' parents that he probably would not live. Overcoming the odds and perhaps exhibiting a will and tenacity that would serve him well for the rest of his life, Pius did indeed survive, though he had to endure numerous hip and leg surgeries to correct medical problems.

Pius grew up knowing that he had a right to pursue his dream. And his dream was to become a musician.

It was natural for Pius as a young boy to be inspired by the music of local Cape Breton players. Pius' first goal was to learn how to play the guitar. He was rebuffed by a school music teacher who told him the musical instruments were meant for students deemed more capable. He wasn't even allowed to touch a guitar.

Undaunted and supported by a community that celebrates creativity, diversity and a widespread appreciation of the arts, he was given guitar at age 13, and began chording to his father's fiddling. Three decades later he is still playing. Now a gifted composer, Pius has written several tunes which he performs on his violin and mandolin as well as his guitar. He is a sought-after artist in Cape Breton and can be seen accompanying many of the island's top fiddlers with his driving, percussive guitar rhythms, most often with his nephew Ian MacDougall.

Regularly seen performing as an accompanist at the parish hall dances that intrigue so many of the island's visitors, Pius also has played as a
solo artist at numerous concerts such as the Broad Cove Scottish Concert, where he performed with his peers Dave MacIsaac, Gordie Sampson, Scott Macmillian, and Brian Doyle during the "Guitar Summit" segment. Pius captivates and immediately wins over admirers who are in awe of his uncommon ability.

In 2003, Pius was able to realise another dream when his first recording "Music From the Heart" was released. Acclaimed and supported by radio airplay, "Music from the Heart" garnered Pius a following of a larger fan base and he accepted performance opportunities away from his native Cape Breton Island. He has played as far west as Alberta and as far east as St. John's Newfoundland, where his East Coast Music Association performance at the 2004 conference won "best showcase". In 2005 Pius recorded his second album "The Greatest Gift" and he continues to share his special gift with an ever-growing audience.

Long Biography:

Discography

"Music From The Heart" -2003 Independent release

"The Greatest Gift"- 2005 Independent release

Set List

Pius plays various celtic tunes arranged in instrumental medleys; he also sings many traditional folk songs ans original compositions.