WEST OF MABOU
Western Canada’s “West of Mabou” taps into their strong Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton roots to deliver a unique brand of high-energy, traditional music with a contemporary flare.
Two albums in- the latest was released in May of 2018- the band’s combination of traditional and original fiddle and pipe tunes has earned them a nomination for Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Awards, and a nomination for World Artist of the Year at the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards. The band was also named as one of the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast’s “Top Bands of 2017.”
The band’s latest album, “The Bridge”, was produced by master Cape Breton musician, Wendy MacIsaac. The album reached #3 on the iTunes Canada World Music Charts, and has received radio play on 4 continents.
West of Mabou unites the talents of Scott Benson (fiddle), Jared Dormer (percussion), Justin Easton (guitar/bass), Alex Rasmussen (pipes/whistles), and Roberta Wallace (fiddle). Each of the band members is an experienced performer in their own right, having performed at venues around the world. Alex has competed several times at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, and is an active member of the City of Regina Pipe Band. Scott and Jared have performed at JUNOfest, the Western Canadian Music Awards, Canada Cup of Curling, and the Ford World Men’s Curling Championships. Justin and Roberta performed extensively as a duo, and have taught at fiddle and guitar camps, competitions, and schools across North America.
With a strong respect for tradition and a unique contemporary style, West of Mabou continues to charm audiences with their impossible-to-sit-still tempos and their ability to fold Celtic sounds with modern inflections into a recipe for dance.
"If West Of Mabou's self titled album doesn't get you chair dancing, frankly the grey suit beckons." -Fatea Magazine
The City of Regina Pipe Band
The City of Regina Pipe Band has been Saskatchewan's champion pipe band since 1992, and has represented Regina and Saskatchewan at Highland Games and Festivals in Canada, the USA and Scotland. The band has won prizes in Grade 2 at Maxville, in BC and the Pacific Northwest, Montreal, and at events in Scotland.
As well as it's significant competition and performance schedule, the band plays a key roles in teaching the Conservatory of Performing Arts Pipe Band, and in organizing the Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival, the Mid-Winter Celtic Festival, the Ceilidh in the Park event, and the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association's annual summer school "Sound Advice," held each summer at the University of Regina.
The band performed at Piping Live!, The Glasgow International Piping Festival in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012, and has performed at Celtic Festivals in Scotland, Washington State and North Dakota. In August 2013, the band played in front of over 44,000 home-town fans as a backing to Sir Paul McCartney for his "Mull of Kintyre."
In 2018, the band performed and competed throughout the prairies and also travelled to the Chicago Higland Games, where it placed well in a large Grade 2 event. The band is currently in a re-building mode, with a strong youth contingent.