24 February 1975, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Although Ashley MacIsaac was raised to the Cape Breton tradition of folk fiddle playing, his eclectic, highly contemporary performances draw on influences ranging from hip-hop to grunge. His 1992 debut album, recorded with Joey Beaton (piano) and David MacIsaac (guitar), gave little indication of his later ecleticism, treating various jigs, reels and marches with due respect. Exposure to New Yorks dance clubs soon opened his ears to contemporary beats. He made his debut for A&M Records in 1995 with Hi® How Are You Today?, a record which took 18 months and numerous producers to create, and one which soon became a fixture in the Canadian charts. Within six months of release it had become a platinum (100, 000 sales) seller, prompted by the success of the Gaelic ballad Sleepy Maggie when released as a single. As a result, MacIsaac collected two Junos, including one for best solo artist, at the...