At age five, Brenda Stubbert was step-dancing and playing the piano. At age eight, she picked up the fiddle.
The Stubbert family home in Point Aconi welcomed many musical visitors including fiddlers Johnny Wilmot, Joe Confiant, and the legendary Winston “Scottie” Fitzgerald. Stubbert’s father, brothers, and uncles all were fiddlers: her dad, Robert, favoured the Irish style, and her uncle, Lauchie, played and composed in the Scottish style.
Besides being an in demand player at dances and concerts all over Cape Breton and beyond (often playing beside other fiddlers like Howie MacDonald and Ashley MacIsaac), Stubbert has earned recognition as a composer of great fiddle tunes. Her tunes have been published in two books by Cranford Publications.
Her 2008 release, Endless Memories, won the East Coast Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year.
Appearing with Stubbert are Howie MacDonald, Douglas Cameron, Kimberly Fraser, Kenneth MacKenzie, and Blanche Sophocleous.
Stubbert’s event is being presented as part of the Normaway’s weekly Three Fiddler Concert & Square Dance series. This series, held every Wednesday evening during July and August, features a concert at 8 pm followed by a dance at 10 pm. Admission is $10.
Recent and upcoming performers include Derrick and Melody Cameron, Chrissy Crowley, Louis Arsenault, Rachel Davis, Douglas and Laurence Cameron, and Kristen and Kelly Shaw.
The Normaway also offers live traditional music during most nights of the summer season. Check out the upcoming schedule on the Normaway’s Myspace page.