Buffy MacNeil was born in Arichat, Cape Breton, in Nova Scotia, Canada, the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Mi’kmaq. Her musical roots are inspired by her mixed-race ancestry of Scottish, Acadian, and Mi’kmaw. Buffy was encouraged to sing and perform since the age of five. It was her grandfather's love of the fiddle musicians such as Winston Fitzgerald, Lee Cremo, and the young Ashley MacIsaac that inspired her to play music. Her grandmother bought Buffy her first fiddle when she was eleven and was later mentored by Cape Breton fiddle legends, John Donald Cameron and later Gordon Cote. Her vocals, a unique natural soprano, are pure, distinct, and dynamic while drawing the audience into a powerful and transformative world.
With a desire to continuously grow musically and as an educator, Buffy is again redefining her style as a singer-musician, and writer, while integrating her role as a youth advocate. Her haunting soprano vocals featured on her latest recording “Somebody Pray” captivates the listener leading them on a journey that tells a story of two children taken from their families and forced into Indian residential schools in Canada.
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