Ashley MacIsaac Biography
Ashley Dwayne MacIsaac is a Canadian fiddler, singer and songwriter from Cape Breton Island ,born February 24, 1975. He has received three Juno Awards, winning for Best New Solo Artist and Best Roots & Traditional Album – Solo at the Juno Awards of 1996, and for Best Instrumental Artist at the Juno Awards of 1997. His 1995 album Hi™ How Are You Today? was a double-platinum selling Canadian record. MacIsaac published an autobiography, Fiddling with Disaster in 2003. MacIsaac was born in Creignish, Nova Scotia. His sister Lisa is also a fiddler, who has her own alternative country band, Madison Violet. She also appears on his album Helter’s Celtic, which was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.
His cousins Alexis MacIsaac, Wendy MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster are also touring fiddlers. He is also a distant cousin of the White Stripes guitarist and lead vocalist Jack White. The two met and MacIsaac opened for the White Stripes concert in Glace Bay in 2007. In 2007, MacIsaac married Andrew Stokes. According to MacIsaac, spoken during his February 25, 2017, concert uat Koerner Hall in Toronto, they are now divorced. He lives in Windsor, Ontario.
Ashley MacIsaac Career
MacIsaac’s album Hi™ How Are You Today?, featuring the hit single “Sleepy Maggie”, with vocals in Scottish Gaelic by Mary Jane Lamond was released in 1995. The album was a double-platinum selling Canadian record. It earned MacIsaac a 1996 Juno in the category Best Roots & Traditional Album – Solo. During his early career, MacIsaac subtly acknowledged his sexual identity, sometimes wearing a set of rainbow flag freedom rings on a neck chain in promotional photos, but avoided explicitly coming out to the press. He officially came out in 1996 after Frank, a Canadian gossip magazine, published a cover story about his sexuality. In 1996, in a Maclean’s interview, he claimed that he had discussed his sexual life, including his young boyfriend and a claimed fondness for watersports, in an interview with the LGBT newsmagazine The Advocate. The Advocate did not print any of the material, but Maclean’s dropped him from its year-end honours list.
In 1996, MacIsaac toured the United States as an opening act for the Chieftains.It was widely reported in the media that another opener, folk singer Nanci Griffith, dropped out of the tour because she objected to MacIsaac’s musical style,but Griffith later confirmed in Rolling Stone that her primary conflict was not with MacIsaac’s style, but with tour organizers over how much time was available for her after the addition of MacIsaac to the bill. On a 1997 Late Night with Conan O’Brien appearance, his leg kick lifted his kilt high enough that his genitals were visible to the studio audience, although they were blurred out in post-production before the actual broadcast.
In 1998 MacIsaac fought successfully to be independent of his record label. He subsequently signed with the independent label Loggerhead Records for his 1999 album Helter’s Celtic. During the promotional tour for that album, he indicated to the press that he had battled an addiction to crack cocaine from 1997 to 1999. In 1999, a journalist for The New Yorker noted MacIsaac’s rock-star bravado and eccentricities.
In December 1999, MacIsaac screamed obscenities at a New Year’s Eve rave in Halifax; the performance led to cancellations of his concerts across Canada and a “media frenzy over his perceived downward spiral”. MacIsaac got into a media spat with his label Loggerhead after the label sent out a press release distancing itself from his actions. Also the same year, MacIsaac told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald that he was on the verge of declaring bankruptcy, retracted the statement within a few days, and then actually filed for bankruptcy several months later.
In 2005, MacIsaac signed on with Linus Entertainment, forming a rock band with himself on lead vocals and guitar. In 2010, MacIsaac wrote a charity single, “Dreams”, to benefit Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, a skier from Ghana who was the first Ghanaian athlete ever to compete in the Winter Olympics. In addition to Matthew Harder of the band House of Doc and Geoffrey Kelly, Vince Ditrich and Tobin Frank of the band Spirit of the West, Nkrumah-Acheampong himself participated in the recording, playing traditional Ghanaian percussion. The single, credited to the Parallel Band, was released to iTunes on February 19, 2010. MacIsaac also performed in the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Ashley MacIsaac Spouse
He is married to Andrew Stokes since 2007.
Ashley MacIsaac Songs
- Sleepy Maggie
- The Devil In The Kitchen
- Sophia’s Pipes
- Lay Me Down
- Brenda Stubbert
- To America We Go
- Rusty D-Con-STRUCK-tion
- MacDougall’s Pride
- Hills Of Glenorchy
- Sad Wedding Day
- Beaton’s Delight
- What An Idiot He Is
- Fairy Dance
- I Don’t Need This
- Bog An Login
- Save Me From Tomorrow
- Devil In The Kitchen
- The Wedding Funeral
- Mull Of Kintyre
- This Is My Father
- Kill Your Foes
- Wing Stock (Kuchiki Rukia Favorite Song)
- Cello Song
- Captain America
- Chorus Jig / The King’s Reel
- Little House Around The Corner
- The King George (With John Allan Cameron)
- Irish L***es / Cambridge / Aubry Foley’s
- The Night Before Christmas (The Devil In The
- Sleepy Maggie (Sleepy Maggie/Mulen Dugh)
- Belle Cote
- Wing-Stock (Cape Breton Lullaby/Ski Doo)
- Gravel Walk
- Beaton’ Delight Strathspey
- Fairy (Including Tullochgorum)
- The John Morrison
- The Green Fields of Glentown
- High Times Living
- Ashley Macisaac – Wing Stock (Rukia Theme) su
- Andy Renwick’s Ferret
- Rusty D-Con-Struck-Tion (Tatter Jack Walsh/O’
- Irish L***es/Cambridge/Aubry Foley’s
- The B Flat Cloggs
- Sophia’s Pipes (Walkin’ the Floor/Murdo MacKe
- Johnny Cope
- The F Cloggs