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Obit: Carl MacKenzie (1938-2018)

GUEST,Jim 03 Dec 18 - 08:25 AM
meself 03 Dec 18 - 11:37 AM
Waddon Pete 05 Dec 18 - 12:08 PM
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Joe Offer 05 Dec 18 - 03:44 PM
GUEST,Obie 05 Dec 18 - 09:57 PM
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Subject: Obit: Carl MacKenzie (1938 - 2018)
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 03 Dec 18 - 08:25 AM

A great Cape Breton fiddler.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Carl MacKenzie (1938 - 2018)
From: meself
Date: 03 Dec 18 - 11:37 AM

Thanks. A fine fiddler, and seemed quite a nice guy. He had a good run. RIP.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Carl MacKenzie (1938 - 2018)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 05 Dec 18 - 12:08 PM

Can I offer a better link for Carl? The link to only points to the home page when I access it from this side of the pond and the you tube clip is not well enough balanced to give a true idea of Carl's playing.

Try going to

Yes, I know! But I can't get blue clickies on my computer..... and it isn't for want of trying!

I have added Carl to the "In Memoriam" thread. My thoughts are with his family and friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Carl MacKenzie (1938 - 2018)
From: meself
Date: 05 Dec 18 - 12:34 PM

That link originally went to the obit. - later just to the homepage.

Here's the blinky for your article.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Carl MacKenzie (1938-2018)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Dec 18 - 03:44 PM

So it doesn't get lost with the passage of time, here's the full text of the obituary from the Cape Breton Post:

Fiddler Carl MacKenzie remembered as ‘great ambassador for the music’
by Elizabeth Patterson (
4 Dec 2018

SYDNEY, N.S. — Celtic folk singer and radio host Donnie Campbell doesn’t mince words when he speaks about fiddler Carl MacKenzie.

“He was certainly one of the best.”

MacKenzie, 80, died in hospital surrounded by family on Saturday, December 1. The Washabuck native who lived in Sydney Forks, was a highly respected, self-taught player who travelled the world playing traditional Cape Breton fiddle music.

“He was a great ambassador for the music,” says Campbell, who performed on stage many times with MacKenzie. “There isn’t a hall or stage in Cape Breton we didn’t play together and we toured throughout the Maritimes and parts of Canada.” Campbell often plays MacKenzie’s music on his radio show, Celtic Serenade, which airs on the Coast 89.7 Radio on Sundays from 5-8 p.m. and expects he will do a tribute show sometime in the coming weeks.

“He was so well-known throughout the Celtic world.”

Through the years, MacKenzie played many events in the Celtic Colours International Festival and was featured in a special tribute concert in 2006. But for Dawn Beaton, artistic director of the festival and a fiddler and step-dancer, her fondest memory of MacKenzie goes back even further.

“The first time we performed on Christmas Daddies was in the late 1980s,” recalled Beaton, who would have been about eight years old at the time and was step-dancing with her younger sister Margie who would have been about five at the time.

“We made the big trip from Mabou to Sydney and we prerecorded it. Margie and I wore matching attire and who was playing for us but Carl and Dougie (MacPhee, the legendary pianist who played with MacKenzie for years).

“They were both so kind to us, these small, young participants in this and they couldn’t have been sweeter.”

Beaton, who is a highly regarded fiddler in her own right, says in addition to his kindness, MacKenzie always impressed her with his dedication to mastering the art of traditional fiddling.

“He constantly bettered himself,” said Beaton. “He was constantly giving honour to the tradition that he was representing and he knew that responsibility and he took it to a level that showed in his playing. He was just so serious about it in an incredibly respectful way.”

In addition to his fiddling, MacKenzie worked at the then University College of Cape Breton as a professional engineer, where he taught civil technology.

Visitation was scheduled for the T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel in Sydney on Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Parish in East Bay on Wednesday at 2 p.m., with Father Abbass presiding. Burial will follow the service.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Carl MacKenzie (1938-2018)
From: GUEST,Obie
Date: 05 Dec 18 - 09:57 PM

Buddy, Jerry, and Carl. Three of Cape breton's best re-united in Heaven!

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