Cape Breton fiddler Hugh Allan (Buddy) MacMaster has died at age 89. A
friend of the family confirmed MacMaster died in his home in rural western
Cape Breton in Nova Scotia around 9 p.m. Wednesday. A member of both the
Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, MacMaster was born into a
Celtic-speaking, musical family in the northeastern Ontario mining town of
Timmins.MacMaster is credited with bringing Cape Breton fiddling to the
world stage. He spent his career with Canadian National Railway, but often
played fiddle on the side most nights of the week.