Glenn Graham (fiddler)

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Glenn Graham (born April 29, 1974) is a Canadian musician from Judique, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Music career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]


  • 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.[citation needed]


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.


  1. ^ "The Cape Breton Fiddle". Archived from the original on 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2006-09-29.
  2. ^ Biography and interview with Graham

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