September 15, 2016
Donnie Campbell was born into a musical family in Cape Breton. Since then he has enjoyed a long involvement in traditional music at various levels. He is a singer, collector and broadcaster, having hosted the popular radio program “Celtic Serenade”. In October of 2013, the program celebrated its 40th year, making it one of the longest running programs in Canadian Broadcasting history. In the early 1970’s, Donnie was a member of the popular Maritime folk group, Miller’s Jug. He has performed internationally and has shared the stage with people such as Tommy Makem, Scotland’s Phil Cunningham and the Tannahill Weavers, Ron Hynes, Evans & Dohety and John Allan Cameron. Although essentially a solo performer, Donnie has also worked at concerts and dances with Cape Breton fiddlers like Carl MacKenzie, Buddy MacMaster, Winnie Chafe, Jerry Holland and Kinnon Beaton just to name a few. Donnie sings songs that matter to him, from love songs to stories of tragedy and good times and memories. His repertoire runs the course of the folk music revival, songs of Cape Breton, the ancient songs of Scotland and Ireland as well as more recent songs that keep the music fresh.