Troy MacGillivray and Louis-Charles Vigneau
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"Ness Creek Music Festival, Saskatchewan"

Ness Creek has only recently 'discovered' Troy MacGillivray and Louis-Charles Vigneau... and we're doing everything we can to make up for lost time! A fresh, East Coast combination of natural skill and joyful discipline, they leave audiences feeling as though there must be some atlantic ancestry somewhere in their own tree. We enjoy every opportunity we have to work with Troy and Louis, knowing that their tunes will broaden the musical experiences available within our community. - Deborah Aitken


"Ness Creek Music Festival, Saskatchewan"

Ness Creek has only recently 'discovered' Troy MacGillivray and Louis-Charles Vigneau... and we're doing everything we can to make up for lost time! A fresh, East Coast combination of natural skill and joyful discipline, they leave audiences feeling as though there must be some atlantic ancestry somewhere in their own tree. We enjoy every opportunity we have to work with Troy and Louis, knowing that their tunes will broaden the musical experiences available within our community. - Deborah Aitken


"Jack Milikin Centre, Saskatchewan"

Troy MacGillivray & Louis-Charles Vigneau have a stage presence that is joyful, entertaining and connected to their audiences. As a duo, they are a force to be reckoned with - their connection as musicians is both evident and magical - they draw their audience into their deep musical well, mesmerizing the listener with the powerful lure of traditional music combined with the brilliance and sparkle of their incredible talent. After I see them perform, I am both elated and exhausted! And I would go back to their well again and again to quench any musical thirst I might be feeling - they are a national treasure that should be enjoyed by anyone who connects to traditional music in Canada! - Cathy Sproule, President & Founder


"Jack Milikin Centre, Saskatchewan"

Troy MacGillivray & Louis-Charles Vigneau have a stage presence that is joyful, entertaining and connected to their audiences. As a duo, they are a force to be reckoned with - their connection as musicians is both evident and magical - they draw their audience into their deep musical well, mesmerizing the listener with the powerful lure of traditional music combined with the brilliance and sparkle of their incredible talent. After I see them perform, I am both elated and exhausted! And I would go back to their well again and again to quench any musical thirst I might be feeling - they are a national treasure that should be enjoyed by anyone who connects to traditional music in Canada! - Cathy Sproule, President & Founder


"Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Society, Saskatchewan"

Our audiences were absolutely captivated when Troy MacGillivray and Louis-Charles Vigneau performed together. These two talented artists bring a wealth of experience to the stage yet have an ability to be fresh and new in their approach to old time and traditional music. It is obvious right from their opening notes that they feed off each other's musical prowess and there is a marvellous balance of the styles and influences they each bring to the duo. Our society seeks out musicians like Troy and Louis-Charles whose mastery of multiple instruments bring variety and depth to a show with just two artists on-stage.

In addition to wowing crowds at concerts and dances, they are also fantastic at engaging students in our daytime school workshops, an important part of our programming. Whatever the age of the listeners, when Troy and Louis perform, toes start tapping, hands get clapping, and hoots and hollers are mingled with spontaneous applause. There's no doubt we'll be bringing them back to Saskatchewan for more! - Jennifer Bork, Director


"Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Society, Saskatchewan"

Our audiences were absolutely captivated when Troy MacGillivray and Louis-Charles Vigneau performed together. These two talented artists bring a wealth of experience to the stage yet have an ability to be fresh and new in their approach to old time and traditional music. It is obvious right from their opening notes that they feed off each other's musical prowess and there is a marvellous balance of the styles and influences they each bring to the duo. Our society seeks out musicians like Troy and Louis-Charles whose mastery of multiple instruments bring variety and depth to a show with just two artists on-stage.

In addition to wowing crowds at concerts and dances, they are also fantastic at engaging students in our daytime school workshops, an important part of our programming. Whatever the age of the listeners, when Troy and Louis perform, toes start tapping, hands get clapping, and hoots and hollers are mingled with spontaneous applause. There's no doubt we'll be bringing them back to Saskatchewan for more! - Jennifer Bork, Director


"Life & Art Centre, Roblin, MB"

Everyone loved the show. Troy and Louis-Charles are truly great musicians and we were glad to have such high calibre performers in our community. One attendee said many times about how happy she was to have the opportunity to hear old time tunes, music that she grew up listening to. Hearing it played so well and with so much energy really made for a wonderful concert. Many remarked about Troy and Louis-Charles getting into the music so much they were pretty much stepdancing in their chairs – while playing! And as much as you could tell on stage how much they were enjoying sharing tunes together, they were very engaged with the audience and the evening had lots of laughs and a great atmosphere. When can they come back?
- Betty Dayson, Director


"Life & Art Centre, Roblin, MB"

Everyone loved the show. Troy and Louis-Charles are truly great musicians and we were glad to have such high calibre performers in our community. One attendee said many times about how happy she was to have the opportunity to hear old time tunes, music that she grew up listening to. Hearing it played so well and with so much energy really made for a wonderful concert. Many remarked about Troy and Louis-Charles getting into the music so much they were pretty much stepdancing in their chairs – while playing! And as much as you could tell on stage how much they were enjoying sharing tunes together, they were very engaged with the audience and the evening had lots of laughs and a great atmosphere. When can they come back?
- Betty Dayson, Director


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Troy MacGillivray

Nova Scotia's Troy MacGillivray has a musical prowess that can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. From a young age, Troy was impressing audiences with his fiddle, piano and step dancing, skills. He has completed Grade 7 of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, spent 4 years in a stringed orchestra, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. F X University and received an Applied Music Technology Diploma for recording engineering. Troy has a roots-centered approach to his fiddling and piano playing that has the power to inspire any audience and has played across Canada, the US and UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Australia. Troy has 5 CD releases to his credit: his 4th CD, Live At The Music Room, is the 2008 ECMA Instrumental Recording of the Year and the 2008 Music Nova Scotia Traditional /Roots Recording of the Year. His latest project, When Here Meets There, is a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook that clearly showcases why both fiddlers are at the top of their game by winning the 2009 ECMA Award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year! So, whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his step dancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray displays an intense commitment to the Celtic heritage he inherited from his Highland ancestors.

Louis-Charles Vigneau

Louis-Charles Vigneau grew up immersed in the traditional music of Canada’s Magdalen Islands. As a guitarist, he has a special touch for accompanying and is also a talented mandolin and tenor banjo player. He brings music alive with his energy and lights up a room with his sheer enjoyment in the sounds being created. Louis-Charles was fortunate when he was growing up to have music in the home. His mother is the accomplished singer/instrumentalist Carole Painchaud, who has always had a traditional band of some sort. It was through her that he first met guitarist Patrice Deraspe (Bertrand Deraspe's brother) who inspired in him the desire to seek out the many possibilities on the guitar as it applies to fiddle music and traditional songs. He honed his craft accompanying Bertrand and others on the Magdalen Islands and subsequently discovered his own singing voice along with many songs from his mother's extensive collected repertoire. It was during his participation at the Festival International de Lafayette in 2001 that Louis-Charles first met the award winning group Vishtèn. He toured briefly with them two years later and joined the band full time from 2008 to 2010. His work with Vishtèn has taken him across North America and Europe and his playing is in high-demand for traditional and collaborative music projects. A young charismatic musician of great talent, Louis-Charles brings a fresh sound to the stage. He has a mastery of the guitar which belies his years. Musicians marvel at the depth and skill of his playing, audiences are captivated by his vibrant charm and everyone agrees Louis-Charles Vigneau is talent to be watched.