“Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie are among the top musical acts in demand on the Irish/American/Canadian scene”- Irish Music Magazine
Live Ireland Radio: 2016 Female Vocalists of the Year, 2014 New Group of the Year
Chicago Irish-American Newspaper’s Emerging Artists Recording of the Year
Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act, their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.
Exciting and innovative, they have found a perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While staying true to their Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music.
Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia, a province steeped in musical culture and traditions, the girls have used their unique up bringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic Roots music. Equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians, as seamlessly weaving themes from the Moonlight Sonata into sets of sure fire reels, Cassie and Maggie are turning heads wherever they go. And the music community has taken note; Galaxie Radio Rising Star award winners, Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for “Young Performers of the Year”, East Coast Music Award nominees for Traditional Album and double Music Nova Scotia Award nominees for New Artist and Roots Album of the year, their accolades and awards speak of a young duo that will surely continue to do great things.
Appearing on stages across Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Bermuda and the UK, the list continues to grow as people are beginning to know the names Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. Since their first festival performance at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Ontario, the girls have gone on to be soloists in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and International Polizi Show in Hamburg, Germany, perform for the French Ambassador in Paris, France, play at the independence day celebrations on Bermuda Island, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour festival, Celtic Classic festival, Stan Rogers International Songwriters festival, Festival Memoires et Racines in Jolliette, QC to name a few. This year will prove to be the busiest and most exciting yet with performances at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Celtic Colours International festival and Ocrafolk festival in NC, again, just to name a few.
“The Willow Collection” is the third studio album from this award winning Celtic sister duo, Cassie and Maggie and is inspired by the Celtic story of the Willow Tree. Though “The Willow Tree” has a never-ending bevy of themes, such as “unrequited love, bereavement, and death,” also held within is the symbolism of “hope, resilience, and rebirth,” One almost feels as if they are being taught a great lesson in life, love, family, friends, and the Celtic way as the girls weave their stories through gorgeous offerings of nine songs and two instrumentals. Their stunning harmonies, consistently fierce instrumental work and percussive step dance showcases a rare combination of delicacy and power. So many things stand out with “The Willow Collection” – the artwork, in particular, is truly exceptional. The drawings really make you want to jump into the stories that are held within this great Celtic album slash history lesson – stories of love, family, lose, strength, and Celtic pride”. – New York Theater Guide