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

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‘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 all the wonderful musicians, poet Jill MacLean, soloist Laurel Browne, photographer Damian Lidgard and my ever supportive partner Jennyfer Brickenden for bringing my music to the public.   For more info – Read More

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Celtic Mass for the Sea- Celebrates World Oceans Day in Edmonton June 3rd & 8th 2018

Don’t let this opportunity float past you…come to a choral concert all about water!  The  “Celtic Mass for the Sea”, composed by Scott Macmillan with text by librettist Jennyfer Brickenden. will be performed on World Oceans Day in Edmonton at  … Continue reading

Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant at Milwaukee Irish Fest. Aug. 16-19th

Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant perform as part of the “Nova Scotia: Celtic Heart of North America”. A Music Nova Scotia sponsored Showcase of Nova Scotia artists at 2018 Milwaukee Irish Festival.  For more info go to

GOOD2GO is a 2018 ECMA Roots and Traditional Recording Nominee!

Colin Gran and Scott Macmillan are so pleased that GOOD2GO is a 2018 ECMA Roots and Traditional Recording Nominee . In 2017 we were awarded Instrumental Group of the year by the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award and 2017 ECMA Instrumental … Continue reading

Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant at UpCap Café, Whitby, On., Sun. Feb. 25

Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant bring their award winning music to the UpCap Café Sunday February 25th at 7:00pm at the Rawlicious restaurant , Whitby, Ontario,  $20 Tickets on sale: February 1st, 2018 from And from

Currents of Sable Island, Feb 23/18 – 7pm Canada Music Centre Toronto

Toronto to celebrate Canada Music Centre Centrediscs’ multiple award-winning recording Currents of Sable Island, with Associate Composer Scott Macmillan, February 23rd 2018. Come, watch, listen and experience the wild mysteries of Sable Island presented at the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), … Continue reading

Celtic Mass for the Sea Ottawa performance Feb 25

CAMMAC Annual Concert in Ottawa, performs Celtic Mass for the Sea February 25, 2018 conducted by Marg Stubington. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of this wonderful music composed by Scott Macmillan with libretto by Jennyfer Brickenden, for choir, small string … Continue reading

Currents of Sable Island TIES with Symphony NS to garner Classical Recording of the Year!

(November 5, 2017, Truro, Nova Scotia) Fifty Music Nova Scotia Awards in Forty-nine categories were handed out on Sunday, November 5 at the Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn Truro   Classical Recording of the Year: Scott … Continue reading

Thu. Feb. 8th, Brian Doyle & Scott Macmillan, Stayner’s Wharf, Halifax, 

With sold out shows in December and January Brian Doyle & Scott Macmillan are going lay it down at February 8th Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill, 1781 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS, Phone: 902-492-1800. Tickets at the door $5.00

Winners at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award Instrumental Group of the Year with GOOD2GO

And what is even more unlikely both Uncle and Niece won!!  What were the chances of this…. Uncle and niece were both nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award .  My brother Mark’s daughter Amy Keeler was nominated for Ensemble … Continue reading

2017 Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees………

Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant Duo – “GOOD2GO”: Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year Scott Macmillan – “Currents of Sable Island”: Classical Recording of the Year: Find out more about these recordings at:

Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant embark on ‘Bridge Over the Atlantic’

This weekend we head to Scotland to begin rehearsing and performing Colin Grant’s collaboration with Scottish fiddler Ewen Henderson. On October 12 in Belle Cote we will be performing the entire collaboration live at Celtic Colours. Other musicians on board … Continue reading

Mysterious Barricades-live stream

For a short time you can watch any or all of Mysterious Barricades; a series of Canadian concerts from last Friday Sept 8th from Coast to Coast for suicide prevention awareness day. The first concert was in St. John’s NFLD … Continue reading

Colin Grant & myself are heading Stateside June 24th to 26th

  Colin Grant and I are heading to Massachusetts and Maine for few concerts. Come and Check us out!! Saturday June 24, Chatham Fiddle Company – 7:30pm, 875 Main St. Chatham, Massachusetts; $20 suggested donation. Acadia School of Traditional Music … Continue reading

Brian Doyle & Scott Macmillan at July 1st Literary Festival

Brian Doyle & Scott Macmillan perform at Canada Day Literary Festival; Canada 150 Birthday Bash,  Saturday, July 1st start; 2 PM, Coady Tompkins Memorial Library, Margaree Forks Hosted by Mary Lynk.. CBC producer Ideas with Readings by well known Authors … Continue reading

Celtic Mass For the Sea, July 2, 4 pm, St. John’s Church, Lunenburg NS

Musique Royale celebrates Canada Day in Lunenburg with a powerful performance of Scott Macmillan and Jennyfer Brickenden’s Celtic Mass For the Sea. Tickets are on sale at Shop on the Corner in Lunenburg or take advantage of the advance ticket … Continue reading

Scott takes home 2 out of 3 2017 ECMA Awards

Currents of Sable Island garners Classical Composition of the Year and GOOD2GO receives Traditional Recording of the Year with duo partner Colin Grant. Find out more  

Scott Macmillan receives Three 2017 ECMA nominations in 3 Genre Categories

 Scott Macmillan receives Three 20217 ECMA nominations in 3 Genre Categories.  Awards will be handed out in St. John NB April 26-30th. Classical Composition of the Year:  Scott Macmillan – ‘Currents of Sable Island’ Jazz Recording of the Year:  … Continue reading

Colin Grant & Scott Macmillan on tour in Maine, February 6-11, 2017

Kicking off with a gig in St. Peter’s NS on Feb 3rd,  Colin and Scott will be touring Maine from Feb 6-11th.  For dates go to

Scott takes home 2 of 3 2017 ECMA awards

‘Currents of Sable’ garners Classical Composition of the Year for Scott Macmillan while his duo recording with Colin Grant GOOD2GO takes home Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2017 ECMA awards in St. John NB. For more info … Continue reading


Sunday afternoon November 13, 2016, 3pm at the Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Rd. $10.00 ‘It was awesome. Their first tune brought everyone to their feet in a true standing ovation. Filled my heart and soul.’

2016 Music NS nod for the Rocks

Scott ’n the Rocks ‘Live at Stayner’s Wharf’ receives 2016 Music Nova Scotia Nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year! Learn more where you can hear the Rocks    

CD launch celebration for Currents of Sable Island

On Sept 9, 2016 we proudly released Scott Macmillan’s composition Currents of Sable Island in Lunenburg, NS for the Centredisc Label through the Canada Music Centre. On September 30 2016, 7:30pm Inverness County Centre of the Arts, will host the launch … Continue reading

Colin Grant & Scott Macmillan Launch GOOD2GO

July 15 2016, award-winning composers and multi-instrumentalists Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant will release their debut duo album, Good2Go. CD release shows: July 15 – The Normaway Inn, Margaree 8pm July 19 – Island Sunset Resort, Belle Cote 6pm July … Continue reading

The New

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.

‘Within Sight of Shore’ to Air on MPBN

Thursday, Feb. 2, 10 pm & Saturday, Feb. 4, 11am….. Ian Macmillan’s Documentary ‘Within Sight of Shore’ to Air on MPBN Community Films (Maine Public Broadcasting Network) On April 16, 1945, the HMCS Esquimalt became the last Canadian warship sunk … Continue reading

‘Within Sight of Shore’ Wins 2 East Coast Music 2012 Awards

Scott wins the ECMA Classical Recording of the Year for  ‘Within Sight of Shore’ while son, Director Ian Macmillan wins the DVD of the Year for his documentary  ‘Within Sight of Shore’.  

Three 2011 Molson Canadian Music Nova Scotia Award nods!

The nominations are in and I have been given 3 Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week 2011 Award nods!  I particularly pleased with the nominations for  for ‘Musician of the Year’. And also excited that along with Brian Doyle,  our … Continue reading

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Scott & Brian to play Mariposa Folk Festival in July 2012

Scott and Brian head to Orrilla Ontario next week, July 6, bringing  their exciting guitar interplay to this years Mariposa festival, check out our playing schedule on the ‘Performance’ page. Learn more


CAPE BRETON ECMA NOMINEES TRIBUTE, Wednesday, March 28, at Centre 200, in Sydney at 7pm. Scott is among Cape Breton’s award nominees to stepping into the spotlight during Screaming Eagles playoff game Wednesday.  East Coast Music Week is just a … Continue reading

Brian Doyle & Scott Macmillan performing around Inverness this summer.

Back on the Island after their performances at the Mariposa Folk Festival in early July, the exciting Guitar Duo of Brian Doyle and Scott Macmillan have a series of concerts around Inverness this summer. Friday July 20th, 8pm -10pm, they … Continue reading

‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ & ‘Currents of Sable Island’ in Concert June 9th

A Community Celebration Seaside, Queen’s Landing, 1707 Lower Water St. Halifax Waterfront, Sat.  June 9, 2012, 7pm to sunset, Free 2012 East Coast Music Association winning composer, guitarist, Scott Macmillan presents A Community Celebration Seaside June 9th at 7pm at … Continue reading

‘CELTIC MASS FOR THE SEA’ on CBC Radio 1 ‘All the Best’

On Sunday August 26th between 4 -5pm, Scott Macmillan & Jennyfer Brickenden’s iconic  ‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ will broadcast on CBC Radio 1 ‘All the Best’ in Atlantic Canada. Listen Live:  CBC Fredericton | 99.5 FM CBC Moncton | … Continue reading


I am very  pleased to say that my 2012 ECMA CD & DVD winner ‘Within Sight Of Shore’ scored ‘Classical Recording’ of the Year’ Nomination for 2012 Music Nova Scotia

Late Summer Gigs for Brian & Scott

Great Guitar magic as these two fabulous players round out the summer with a few late summer gigs. Friday August 31st, 8pm -10pm, at ‘The Barn’ at the Normaway Inn in NE Margaree. Saturday August 25 at the Coal Miner’s … Continue reading


On Saturday September 15, 2012 at 11:00am Maine Public Broadcasting Network; (MPBN) Community Film Series will air Ian Macmillan’s evocative film ‘Within Sight of Shore.’ This double 2012 East Coast Music Award winning Documentary Within Sight of Shore explores in … Continue reading


On Saturday September 15, 2012 at 11:00am Maine Public Broadcasting Network; (MPBN) Community Film Series will air Ian Macmillan’s evocative film ‘Within Sight of Shore.’

‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ featured on ‘The Green Interview’

Following our World Ocean’s Day performance of our ‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ renowned writer Silver Donald Cameron and environmentalist interviewed Jennyfer Brickenden and me for his ‘Green Interview’ series go to You can see and hear both our … Continue reading

Scott Macmillan receives award

For my ongoing contributions to Nova Scotia and Community I was awarded with the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee Medal

‘An Drochaid: The Bridge Rising Film’ Soundtrack Release at Celtic Connections Glasgow Jan 26, 2014

Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant will travel to Scotland to perform with Mary Ann Kennedy of Watercolour Music at the Film Soundtrack Release and Film Screening of ‘An Drochaid: The Bridge Rising Film’ at 2014 Celtic Connections in Glasgow Scotland … Continue reading

Celtic Mass for the Sea in Calgary Sat. Nov 24th

For those of you in Calgary this weekend plan on attending the Calgary Festival Chorus concert  ‘A Celtic Christmas’ featuring the ‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ this Saturday, November 24, 2012 8 pm at the Knox United Church 506-4th Street … Continue reading

World Premiere of Scott Macmilllan’s 1st Symphony ‘SummuS’ with Nova Sinfonia

On January 28th 2013, Canadian Composer, Scott Macmillan, will premiere his 1st Symphony ‘SummuS’ with Nova Sinfonia in a program of his own works conducted by Macmillan at the Faith Tabernacle Church in Halifax at 7:30pm Faith Tabernacle Church, 6225 … Continue reading

Composer to Discuss ‘SummuS’

As a prelude to the premiere of my “SummuS’ I  will discuss my composition methods  of my 1st Symphony, which is based on palindromes. Wed., Jan. 23, 9am. Rm 111,  Dalhousie University Arts Centre Building. This is a Dalhousie Music … Continue reading

Celtic Mass for the Sea,Toronto June 1st

The VOCA Chorus of Toronto presents CELTIC TIDE, a warm up to World Ocean’s Day; Conducted by Artistic Director, Jenny Crober, Accompanist, Elizabeth Acker Sat. June 1, 2013, 7:30 pm, Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave., Toronto $25 (regular), $20 … Continue reading

June 8th, World Oceans Day performance of Celtic Mass for the Sea

Composer Scott Macmillan and Librettist Jennyfer Brickenden will be in Beethoven’s hometown of Bonn, Germany for a ‘World Oceans Day’ performance of their ‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ June 8th at 8:00 pm, Nachfolge-Christi-Kirche, Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Straße, Bonn-Beuel-Süd, Germany Conducted by Hubert Arnold … Continue reading

‘Earth Our Home’ a new composition and work in progress

I have teamed up with Silver Donald Cameron to compose the music for his Green Rights Project. You can learn more and contribute to the project at I am creating a 21-minute concert-music piece reflecting on and inspired by … Continue reading

Rita MacNeil Tribute Concert with Symphony Nova Scotia, March 8 & 9 2014

I will be Conducting a very special Tribute to Rita MacNeil with Symphony Nova Scotia, and special guests; the Men of the Deeps, Lucy MacNeil and Katriona MacNeil on International Woman’s Day March 8th with a repeat performance on March … Continue reading

Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant are Feature soloists.

On Sunday June 8th at 7:00 pm Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant are the feature soloists for the Second Wind Community Concert Band 20th Anniversary Concert “Music For Life” Concert at the Savoy Theatre.  The band will be performing a … Continue reading

‘Aiseag’ the Ferryboat available for download

Aiseag’ is now  available for download at: ‘Aiseag’ (The Ferryboat); is sailed full steam ahead towards its Premiere July 3rd at at  Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (Gaelic College), Sleat, 8pm,  then on to London, July 5th 9pm.  Scott and Colin … Continue reading

Fall is here.

Autumn is in full swing, Celtic Colours is over and I am back teaching guitar at Dalhousie for another year. As I recall the ‘full on’ summer that was, between two trips to Scotland, working with Jenn to keep our … Continue reading

Scott ‘n the Rocks hits 10 years this season

It is with great pleasure that I’ll be starting up Scott ‘n the Rocks November 3rd for another fun year of great music!  See you at Stayners.

Scott Macmillan honoured with Nova Scotia’s Portia White Prize

On November 20, 2014 I was awarded Nova Scotia’s most prestigious Arts Prize, The Portia White Prize at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards,celebrating Nova Scotia’s Artistic community. This award recognizes the recipient’s commitment to artistic growth, community engagement and life … Continue reading

LIVE Recording of ‘Currents of Sable’

BE part of an exclusive audience for a LIVE recording of my evocative lyrical composition ‘Currents of Sable Island’ at the Peggy Corkum Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Rd, Halifax Tickets $25.00 Only 100 seats available! Online at Eventbrite: OR … Continue reading

‘Celtic Mass for the Sea’ returns to Carnegie Hall, May 23rd 8pm.

The Canadian Celtic Choir conducted by Pierre Perron and Jenny Crober will perform Scott Macmillan’s and Jennyfer Brickenden’s ode to the World Oceans for a 2nd time at Carnegie Hall May 23rd at 8pm. To find out more and purchase … Continue reading

Scott’s Summer Gigs & Things

Go to this link to read what’s up with me this summer  

Scott n the Rocks CD Release

On April 25 2016 at 8:30at Stayner’s Wharf in Halifax, I will release a long awaited recording of this wonderful group who have been with me musically for 10 years. Go to for more.  

Welcome back to my fully functioning Website.

In mid February this website was infected with very nasty malware which corrupted most of its files.  My site was removed from all the search engines and it took Cheryl Smith and her team at Outfront much struggle to resolve … Continue reading

Five of my Choral works recently published.

Firstly, I am so proud that THE BEAGLE AND THE BELUGA AND THE EAGLES FINE TIMES has be added to the Jon Washburn Choral Series published by G. Schirmer, Inc. Jon is the conductor of the outstanding Vancouver Chamber Choir … Continue reading