Monthly Archives: March 2011

Currents of Sable Island

2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards: ‘Currents of Sable Island’ TIES with Symphony Nova Scotia for Classical Recording of the Year. ‘Currents of Sable Island’ also garned the 2017 ECMA  ‘Classical Composition of the Year’ Award  Have you every dreamed of … Continue reading

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Video 1

2017 Canadian Folk Music Award winners for Instrumental Group of the Year, Colin Grant & Scott Macmillan perform from their multi-award winning recording GOOD2GO. For more info – Read More  

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Video 2

‘Currents of Sable Island’ wins Classical Composition of the Year at the 2017 ECMA awards and ties with Symphony Nova Scotia for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2107 Music NS Awards!! I’m so proud of this piece and … Continue reading

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The New ScottMacmillan.ca

Welcome to the new home of renowned Canadian conductor, composer and collaborator Scott Macmillan. Learn more about Scott and his music, find out about upcoming live performances and purchase CDs, DVDs and digital downloads from Scott’s entire catalog.

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Professional Training/Qualifications

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING/QUALIFICATIONS: Second Language French Level 150 hours; University of Sainte Anne, Hfx, NS, 2006 Scotia Festival; conducting master class with Victor Yampolsky; June 1988; CBC National Arrangers Workshop; with Eric Knight and Paul Hoffert; March 1985 Humber College Of … Continue reading

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Awards/Appointments

 Canadian Instrumental Group of the Year at Canadian Folk Music Awards duo with Colin Grant  Portia White Award, Nova Scotia’s Most Prestigious Arts Award, 2014 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Nov 2012 Roger Taylor Medal for Musical Accomplishment, December 2009 NS … Continue reading

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Compositions

GRANTS: Nova Scotia Culture Division, Presentation Grant Currents of Sable Island, Within Sight of Shore, 2011 Nova Scotia Culture Division, Presentation Grant ‘Time to Remember’, 2010 La Victoire, New Music in New Spaces, Shattering the Silence Project, Can. Music Centre, … Continue reading

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Published Works

A complete list of compositions and arrangements by Scott Macmillan including The Celtic Mass for the Sea and the “Scoobie Tunes” Collection; (a family fiddle frenzy), Macmillan’s Cape Breton Style Fiddle Tunes are available on request and music can be … Continue reading

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Conducting Experience

2017 Symphony Nova Scotia ‘Tribute to Rita MacNeil & Men of the Deeps’  Conductor/Composer/Arranger/Guitarist Conductor/Composer/Arranger/Guitarist 2016 Celtic Colours International Festival 20th Anniversary Opening Concert. Forever in Our Hearts Featuring Symphony Nova Scotia, Carlos Núñez, Ashley MacIsaac, Stuart Cameron and  NOVA SYMPHONIA; … Continue reading

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Performance Experience

Legacy Tribute to Peter Frank, Wagmatcook Aboriginal Arts and Culture Festival; 2016 Premiere of Rita Joe Tribute with Alan Syliboy, Wagmatcook Aboriginal Arts and Culture Festival; 2015 Kitchen Fest; Cape Breton; 2015/2016/2017 Roots to Boots Festival; Cape Breton; 2015/2016 Guitarist, … Continue reading

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Additional Experience

Clinician/Performer; Kitchen Racket Music, Camp on the Canal Festival; St. Peters, Cape Breton, 2016/2017 Clinician; Gaelic College of Cape Breton; 2015-2017 History in Song & Music, Waycobah First Nations, NS 2013, ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ Youth Music Creative Project, Parks … Continue reading

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Member Associations

SCGC; Screen Composers Guild of Canadian Film Composers; 1999 ongoing; Board member 2004-09 AFM; Atlantic Federations of Musicians; 1972 ongoing CLC; Canadian League of Composers; 1999 ongoing CMC; Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre; 1993 ongoing CMRRA; Canadian Musical … Continue reading

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Scott ‘n the Rocks

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Suite Silver Dart

Suite Silver Dart to Premiere at 2009 Celtic Colours Nova Scotia Composer/Guitarist Scott Macmillan’s newest work, Suite Silver Dart will be premiered as part of a special 2009 Celtic Colours International Festival tribute to Alexander Graham Bell and the 100th … Continue reading

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Remember Africville

Maritimers will Shine Carvery, Blue Engine String Quartet, Gray present Mosaic By STEPHEN PEDERSEN, Halifax Herald AFRICVILLE, the historic settlement on the northwest shoulder of the Halifax peninsula, was bulldozed out of physical existence in the late ’60s. But no … Continue reading

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The Gallery Project

Check out CBC Radio 2’s “The Gallery Project”! Over 3,000 votes, the compositions are completed! The premieres was July 8th at the Music And Beyond Festival, broadcasted Friday, July 9th on CBC Radio 2… the compositions and the paintings that … Continue reading

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Orchestral Compositions

SMP100 Series: Orchestral Compositions SMP 101 GO GET ‘EM SMP 102 SUITE FOUR SMP 103 TRIBUTE TO ALBERT KING (Scott Macmillan/Dave MacIsaac) SMP 104 OVERTU…. THE ROCK SMP 105/106/107 SONGS OF THE CAPE in 3 movements Re-orchestration of suite originally … Continue reading

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Choral Compositions

SMP200 Series: Choral Compositions SMP 201 CELTIC MASS FOR THE SEA (original and arranged score) SMP 202 THE THREE THAT SEEK MY HEART SATB choir, 2 pianos, electric guitar SMP 203 THE THREE THAT SEEK MY HEART SATB Choir with … Continue reading

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Other Compositions

SMP300 Series Other Compositions SMP 301 FANCY NAT in 4 movements SMP 302 BLUES FOR T’RUTH’S Violin and flute SMP 303 HTE (Here’s to Yvonne) Solo viola SMP 304 LEGEND OF THE SAND DOLLAR Solo alto voice and guitar SMP … Continue reading

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Non-Orchestra Arrangements

SMP400 Non Orchestral Arrangements SMP 401 LUKEY’S BOAT (Trad.) oboe/violin/cello SMP 402 AN INNIS AIGH (Trad.) oboe/violin/cello SMP 403 KILLIGREW’S SOIREE (Trad.) oboe/violin/cello SMP 404 CREIGHTONESQUE (Trad.) oboe/violin/cello v SMP 405 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (Kern) 2 flutes/bassoon SMP … Continue reading

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Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University

Inspired by his desire to learn and expand his own musical knowledge and how as the best students make the best teachers, Scott began mentoring a new generation of guitarists in 2008 at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie … Continue reading

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Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music, Celtic Guitar Instructor

For a number of years Scott was a Celtic Guitar instructor with the Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music, owned and run by Janine Randall.  The school ran for over 10 years and  many students young and old experienced 1st … Continue reading

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Books

Scoobie Tunes, (A Family Fiddle Frenzy) Cape Breton Style Guitar music composed by Scott Macmillan and available through Scojen Music. Released in 1997.

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Eleventet Compositions

SMP 3200 Series Eleventet Compositions Drums/bass/guitar/keyboards/2 trumpets/2 trombones/3 Saxes SMP3201 CHOCOLATE POINT MARCH SMP3202 CALICO SMP3203 FRAGMENTS SMP3204 SOUVENIR SMP3205 PARAMOUR SMP2106 LINOLEUM RAG SMP3207 ISLAND EXPRESS SMP3208 JADE’S DANCE SMP3209 NUMBER 17 SMP3210 TIMED VACATION SMP3211 BUZZWORDS SMP3212 INVITATION … Continue reading

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Sextet Compositions

SMP 3100 Series Sextet Compositions Drums/bass/guitar/trumpet & 2 saxes SMP3101 CORRIDORS SMP3102 SET BACKS SMP3103 THIRD D’CADE SMP3104 NOT AFRAID TO WADE SMP3105 MORRIS’S CHORUSES SMP3106 BACKYARD SWING SMP3107 THE WEST WINDS SMP3108 JENNY’S DREAM

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OCTET Arrangements

SMP 3000 OCTET ARRANGEMENTS String quartet/fiddle/guitar/mandolin & guitar/electric bass SMP3001 SRATH-SPÉ (Trad. & Scott Macmillan) SMP3002 TRIBUTE TO ANGUS CHISHOLM(Trad.) SMP3003 Eb-C MEDLEY (Parizotti, Trad., Dave MacIsaac, Jerry Holland) SMP3004 MACPHERSON’S MEDLEY(Trad.) SMP3005 NEW CENTURY HORNPIPE(Trad.) SMP3006 STRATHSPEY and TWO … Continue reading

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OCTET Compositions

SMP 2900 OCTET Compositions String quartet/fiddle/guitar/mandolin & guitar/elec bass SONGS OF THE CAPE Suite in 4 movements featuring compositions of contemporary fiddle tune writers: SMP2901 JIGS (Scott Macmillan, Jerry Holland, Kinnon Beaton, John Morris Rankin, David MacIsaac & Louis Benoit) … Continue reading

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Stage Band Arrangements

SMP 2800 Series Stage Band Arrangements Commissioned by the STADACONA BAND OF MARITIME ATLANTIC 5 Saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar piano, bass & drums SMP2801 SUNNY (Donny Web) SMP2802 ALL OF ME (Simons and Marks) Add tenor or soprano … Continue reading

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Marching Band Arrangements

SMP 2700 Series Marching Band Arrangements Commissioned by the STADACONA BAND OF MARITIME ATLANTIC Piccolo/clarinet/alto sax/tenor sax/ 2 trumpets/2 bones/1 euphonium/tuba/snare/drum/bass drum/cymbal SMP2701 CAPE BRETON MEDLEY: SMP2702 SONG FOR THE MIRA (Alister MacGillivary)

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Concert Band Arrangements

SMP 2600 Series: Concert Band Arrangements Commissioned by the STADACONA BAND OF MARITIME ATLANTIC 2 flutes/1 oboe/3 clarinets/1 bassoon/4 french horns/1 euphonium/4 trumpets/4 trombones/1 tuba/1 alto sax/2 tenor saxes/1 baritone sax/guitar/piano/electric bass/drums & 2perc SMP2601 THE ATLANTIC SUITE : SMP2602 … Continue reading

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Concert Band Original Compositions

SMP 2500 Series Concert Band Original Compositions (Stageband versions available) Commissioned by the STADACONA BAND OF MARITIME ATLANTIC 2 flutes/1 oboe/3 clarinets/1 bassoon/4 french horns/1 euphonium/4 trumpets/4 trombones/1 tuba/1 alto sax/2 tenor saxes/1 baritone sax/ guitar/piano/electric bass/drums & 2perc SMP2501 … Continue reading

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Arrangements For Children’s Performer & Orchestra

SMP 2400 Series Arrangements for Children’s Performer & Orchestra RAZZMATAZZ All material needs Razzmatazz 1111/1110/timp, perc/strings SMP2401 Going to My Grandma’s (Sandy Greenberg) SMP2402 BONHOMME (Sandy Greenberg) SMP2403 IF I HAD A RAINBOW (Sandy Greenberg) SMP2404 THE CRAZY SHAKEDOWN (Sandy … Continue reading

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Arrangements For Solo Performer &/or Band With Orchestra

BARACHOIS 2222/2220/timp, perc/strings/Barachois SMP1801 HOP ET HOP (Trad) SMP1802 Le Mari Jaloux (Trad) SMP1804 REEL À DELPHINE et Par derrière chez mon père (Trad) SMP1805 FILLE DÉLAISÉE (Abandoned Maiden) (Trad) SMP1806 LA MARMOTTEUSE (The Growler) (Trad) SMP1807 LES QUATRE COINS … Continue reading

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Show for Mme Chretien & the wives of the G7 Leaders

SMP 1600 Series, G-7 SHOW FOR MADAME CHRÉTIEN & THE WIVES OF THE G-7 LEADERS SMP1601 AMENE LE VENT (Ron Bourgois) SMP1602 AMENE-MOI EN LOUISIANE (Mary Jo Terrio) SMP1603 AVE MARIS STELLA (Trad.) SMP1604 BERNARD FELIX MEDLEY (Trad.) (Solo Accordion) … Continue reading

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Accapella (SATB)

SMP 1500 Series Accapella (SATB) SMP1501 PETER AMBERLY (Trad.) SMP1502 Jocky to the Fair (Trad.) (Helen Creighton collection) SMP1503 Hunter Winds his Bugle (Trad.) SAB (Helen Creighton collection) SMP1504 I’m Only sleeping Lennon/McCartney

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SA/SATB & Piano

SMP 1400 Series SA/SSAA/SATB & Piano and Other Vocal Arrangements SMP1401 WE RISE AGAIN (Leon Dubinsky) SATB or SSA choir and piano SMP1402 DEUX CHANSONS DE CHETICAMP (Trad.) SA choir and piano SMP1403 IF YOU WERE MINE (Maurice Lennon, Silver … Continue reading

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SATB & Piano &/ or Chamber/Celtic Ensemble

SMP1300 Series SATB & Piano &/ or Chamber/Celtic Ensemble SMP1301 DUNVEGAN DREAM (Max MacDonald & Luke Winterman) SMP1302 ACADIE DE NOS COEURS (Johnny Comeau, Lennie Gallant, Jac Gautreau) SMP1303 MACPHERSON’S LAMENT(Trad.) SMP1304 SONGS OF HOME (Allister MacGillivary) SMP1305 SUIL A … Continue reading

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Gospel Choir (SATB) With Orchestra

SMP1200 Series Gospel Choir (SATB) With Orchestra SMP1201 WE SHALL OVERCOME (Trad.) SMP1202 BY AND BY (Trad.) SMP1203 EVERYTIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT (Trad.) SMP1204 LIFT EVERY VOICE (Trad.) SMP1205 DEEP RIVER/ LOOK WAY OVER JORDAN (Trad.)

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SA Children’s Choir/Orchestra &/or Piano OR Orchestra Only

SMP1100 Series SA Children’s Choir /Orchestra &/or Piano or Orchestra Only SMP1101 JE L’AI VU VOLER (Trad.) (2222/2220/2 perc/strings or piano; SMP1102 QUAND J’ÉTAIS CHEZ MON PÈRE (Trad.) SMP1103 LE DÉPART DE L’AMANT (Trad.) string orchestra alone or piano; SMP1104 … Continue reading

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SAB Choir/Orchestra&/Or Piano Or Orchestra Only

SMP1000 Series SAB Choir/Orchestra &/or Piano or Orchestra Only (SAB Choir 2222/2220/timp, perc/strings/acoustic guitar & or piano) SMP1001 PARTONS LA MER EST BELLE (Trad.) SMP1002 ÉCRIVEZ-MOI (Anon.) SMP1003 ÉVANGELINE (A.T. Bourque) SMP1004 QUE SAIS-TU BIEN FAIRE? (Trad.) SMP1005 LES ABOITEAUX … Continue reading

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Arrangements For SATB Choir/Orchestra &/Or Piano

SMP900 Series Arrangements for SATB Choir/Orchestra &/or Piano (2222/2220/timp/perc/strings & optional guitar) SMP901 CHANSONS ACADIENNES (Trad/Helen Creighton collection) SMP902 DEAREST MARY (Trad./Helen Creighton collection) SMP903 THE NOVA SCOTIA SONG SMP904 GEORDIE (Trad./Helen Creighton collection) SMP905 VIENS VOIR L’ACADIE (Donat La … Continue reading

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Arrangements For Solo Voice & Orchestra

SMP 800 Series: Arrangements for Solo Voice & Orchestra; Mezzo Sop. &/Or Tenor (2222/2220/timp, perc/strings & optional guitar) SMP801 EYES OF GREEN (Alistar MacGillvary) optional accordion SMP802 SEA PEOPLE(Alistar MacGillvary) optional accordion (optional no vocals) SMP803 WILD MOUNTAIN THYME (Trad.) … Continue reading

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Arrangements For Orchestra & Solo Fiddle

SMP 700 Series Arrangements for Orchestra & Solo Fiddle (picc22/2220/timp, perc/Rhythm section electric bass, drum kit, optional piano)/strings/*add bagpipes*) SMP701 *HARD AT THE JIGS* (Trad) SMP702 TULLOCH LIKE IT IS (Trad) SMP703 JEAN’S REEL (Bobby MacLeod) SMP704 *FIDDLN’ WITH THE … Continue reading

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Arrangements For Orchestra & Guitar

SMP 600 Series: Arrangements for Orchestra & Guitar Solo elec guitar/2222/2220/ timp/ perc/drm kit/elec bass/strings SMP 601 Sweet Dreams (Don Gibson) SMP 603 Steel Guitar Rag (Leon MacAuliffe) SMP 604 ALL BLUES (Miles Davis) SMP 606 THE GROWL(Trad) SMP 608 … Continue reading

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Series Orchestral Only Overtures and Arrangements

SMP500 Series Orchestral Only Overtures and Arrangements SMP 501 Jigs and for All SMP 502 A Rita Respective (Rita MacNeil) SMP 503 CHETICAMP OUVERTURE (Scott Macmillan) SMP 504 FOLKSONG RONDO ((Trad.) SMP 505 MI’KMAQ LULLABY (Trad.) SMP 506 MACPHERSON’S MEDLEY … Continue reading

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Within Sight of Shore

Tightly written, dramatically scored Scott Macmillan’s composition and Ian Macmillan’s documentary relating the tragic story of HMCS Esquimalt through music and film. Continue reading

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Scott Macmillan / Brian Doyle

Full of synchronistic guitar interplay…Ever pushing musical boundaries…and directly reflecting the pleasure Scott and Brian have playing together. Continue reading

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Celtic Mass for the Sea

The Celtic Mass for the Sea is now approaching the thirtieth year since it was composed in 1988.  It has been performed numerous times, nationally and internationally in its history including two performances at Carnegie Hall in New York. “Scott … Continue reading

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MacKinnon’s Brook Suite

Winner of 2002 East Coast Music, Classical Recording of the Year features Rawlin’s Cross bagpiper, Ian MacKinnon and Symphony Nova Scotia. Macmillan’s dynamic music rolls, tumbles and soars, through the hard Atlantic crossing, the back-breaking clearing of land, the joys of family and disappointment and tragedy that also inevitably came… earthy folk stories in the elegant language of symphonic music.
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The Minnie Sessions Volume 1-3 (3CD Set)

Get all three volumes of Scott’s “The Minnie Sessions” on CD as well as an instant MP3 download of every track. Continue reading

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The Minnie Sessions Volume 1

1997 East Coast Music Instrumentalist of Year, The Minnie Sessions Vol. 1 confirms Scott place in the pantheon of great guitarists. Continue reading

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The Minnie Sessions Volume 2

Also nominated in 1998 at the East Coast Music awards the Minnie Sessions Vol. 3 delivers quality Cape Breton music in a laid back, relaxed manner. Continue reading

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The Minnie Sessions Volume 3

Also nominated in 1998 at the East Coast Music awards the Minnie Sessions Vol. 3 delivers quality Cape Breton music in a laid back, relaxed manner. Continue reading

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Bach Meets Cape Breton

Bach Meets Cape Breton is fresh and strikingly original. This winner of 1997 Classical Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards shines with love, skill and intelligence; a successful melding of high, folk cultures. Continue reading

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The Octet – Songs of the Cape

Songs of the Cape continues to be a favorite recording among visitors to Atlantic Canada who want to take home a taste of Maritime Tradition with a classical twist. Continue reading

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The Last Hook

The Last Hook, radio drama by Silver Donald Cameron with music composed by Scott Macmillan and performed by OCTET. Continue reading

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Guitar Souls

What do Eric Clapton and Jerry Holland have in common? Or for that matter Buddy Guy and Buddy MacMaster? They have the Celtic Blues Breaking guitar mastery of two of the world’s best pickers, Scott Macmillan and Dave MacIsaac! Continue reading

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The Scoobie Tunes Collection (Cape Breton Style Fiddle Tunes)

Ordinarily you would ask, why is a guitar player writing fiddle tunes? But there is nothing ordinary about Scott Macmillan. His collection is a valuable guide for musicians and music lovers. Continue reading

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