September 9, 2015
The Goin’s On deliver a compelling mix of the old and the new, proudly bearing the traditions of their Scottish ancestors while still keeping an eye on the future. Their music blends ancient tunes with contemporary songs, breathing new life into once-forgotten melodies. Gaelic culture and language is well-represented by fiddler and step dancer Anita MacDonald; the modern balladry of Jason MacDonald draws listeners in with tales of life on land and sea; and Adam Young, one of the “last few true traditional piano players” rounds out the group, accompanying on piano, accordion and whistle.
Individually, the group’s members are hard working, in demand musicians, well known in the music community. Collectively, their friendship and shared love of the music and culture shines through, forging a deep connection with their audience, and making this new trio a compelling and dynamic addition to the vibrant Cape Breton music scene. Although they are a relatively new group, there is a buzz surrounding them, intensified by a recent tour through New England and numerous local performances.