August 21, 2014 9:36 am
Updated: August 22, 2014 11:10 am

Beloved Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster dies at age 89

Buddy MacMaster, pictured receiving a lifetime achievement award at the East Coast Music Awards in 2006.

Jacques Boissinot /The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Cape Breton fiddling icon Buddy MacMaster has died at the age of 89.

MacMaster was born in Timmins, Ont., but grew up in and lived in Judique, N.S.

In 2000, he was awarded the Order of Canada and credited with leading a Gaelic renaissance in the country and beyond.

MacMaster’s citation for the honour says he began playing the fiddle as a child after finding his father’s instrument in a trunk and went on to become internationally renowned for his talent.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says MacMaster was a musical ambassador for Nova Scotia and Canada.

MacMaster’s son, Allan MacMaster, is the Tory member of the legislature for Inverness.

Watch a video tribute to MacMaster produced when he won a Folk Alliance International Lifetime Achievement Award earlier in 2014:

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