Glenn Graham (fiddler)
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Graham has received music industry recognition for his solo recordings. His second solo release, "Step Outside", garnered nominations for "Male Artist of the Year" and "Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year" at the 2002 ECMAs. In 2006 he received his fifth nomination at the ECMAs for his recording, "Drive", in the Roots/Traditional Solo Recording category. In 2006, he authored The Cape Breton Fiddle, published by the Cape Breton University Press. He and his cousin Rodney MacDonald, previously owned their own label, GlennRod Music Incorporated. Graham has since created his own label, Bowbeat. His sister Amy is also a Cape Breton musician.
- Let 'Er Rip (1996)
- Traditionally Rockin (1997, with Rodney MacDonald)
- Step Outside (2000)
- Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music (2004, with The Beaton Family of Mabou)
- Drive (2005)
- Decade: A Compilation (2007)
Graham's parents are Gaelic singer Daniel ("Danny") and pianist Mary (née Beaton) Graham. He began performing in public at age seven, when he sang a Gaelic song with his father in a concert in Glendale, Nova Scotia. He began taking fiddle lessons at age ten from his maternal uncle, Kinnon Beaton, a Cape Breton fiddler. His grandfather, Donald Angus Beaton, was a legendary fiddler/composer, and his grandmother, Elizabeth Beaton, was a well-known pianist. Graham and musicians from his mother's side of the family, the Beatons, have been recorded by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Graham studied political science at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, and obtained his post-graduate degree (M.A.) in "Atlantic Canada Studies" at Saint Mary's University, Halifax in 2004, with his thesis, Cape Breton Fiddle Music: The Making and Maintenance of a Tradition.