BRAD REID

Multi-style Musician
A versatile, pleasant to work with musician, composer, arranger, educator, coffee lover, and generally good fella!

Located within a saxophone's throw of the harbour in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Jigs Start Here

Fiddle favourites of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia with Brad Reid and friends.

I Love Local!

"It started as simply showcasing the fiddle music of the Nova Scotia and Cape Breton (an entire repertoire exists, and is played, that is 100% local, and world renown!), but we have started to team up with vocalists, to add a songs, and dancers to add dance, with square dance demos, and audience participation." - Brad Reid, fiddle.

  1. At Casino Nova Scotia, with Catherine Little - cello, Brad Reid - fiddle, and Scott MacMillain - guitar.
  2. The original Jigs Start Here band in 2013. Harvey Beaton - piano, Brad Red - fiddle, Catherine Little - cello, Dave MacIsaac - guitar.
  3. Fiddles & Fish. Sundays at Celtic Corner Pub, Downtown Dartmouth, NS, hosted by Brad Reid and a different guest each week!
  4. An event at Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS. Learn to square dance!
  5. Jigs Start Here 2013
  6. Music Room, Halifax, NS. Catherine Little - cello, Brad Reid - fiddle, Dave MacIsaac - guitar, Harvey Beaton - piano.
  7. Music Nova Scotia
  8. Halifax Library Series

Jigs Start Here is fiddler Brad Reid and friends. Their performances showcase some of the many composers of fiddle music hailing from Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia.

The fiddle has been popular in this area for almost 200 years, when the repertoire being played was mostly borrowed from Scotland, Ireland, France, and the New England states. Since that time, locals have been composing fiddle tunes in the same traditional styles, and even some new styles. So much so, that Cape Breton and Nova Scotia fiddlers of today can draw on an entire repertoire of locally composed reels, marches, waltzes, hornpipes, and jigs! 

Jigs Start Here celebrates Nova Scotia and Cape Breton's continuing contribution to the fiddling culture in Canada through its composers.

Planning an Event? You can choose to have an authentic ceilidh and square dance, where we lead you in the dance steps, or...  We can perform a Jigs Start Here concert-style show customized to your time frame. 

Brad Reid (fiddle) and Catherine Little (cello) form an instrumental Celtic duo to entertain audiences across Canada!

Promotional Material for the VIA Rail Artist on Board Program:

right-click here to download pdf Poster file

A fun video put together especially for VIA Rail:

A clip from a Robbie Burns Day event in Halifax, Nova Scotia:

right-click here to download pdf BIO file

Jigs Start Here is fiddler Brad Reid and friends. Their performances showcase Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia's contribution to the fiddling culture of Canada through the many great local composers. The VIA Rail Artists on board project blends Maritime fiddle music seamlessly with other fiddle traditions heard across the country!​​​​​​​​

Brad started playing the fiddle alongside his grandfather, a Lefort from Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island. Currently a member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association, Brad also leads and performs with the Baroque N' Fiddle String Quartet, and teaches fiddle, piano, and many other instruments in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Catherine Little is a classically trained cellist with fiddler roots. Whether occasionally performing with Symphony Nova Scotia, or in the pit orchestra at Halifax's Neptune Theatre, Catherine brings an element of joy to here playing style, and is happy to share music with audiences!

An audio recording of
one of Brad's original tunes for fiddle and cello:

  1. Onboard VIA Rail in April 2017
  2. Onboard VIA Rail in April 2017
Past events:

August 8, 2017
Tuesday Night Tunes Concert Series. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS. 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Free admission.
www.maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca

July 15, 2017
A ceilidh and wedding in Chester, NS.

May 30 - June 6, 2017
Brad participates in the 2017 Silkroad Global Musician Workshop. DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, USA.
​www.silkroadproject.org

May 27, 2017
A ceilidh and square dance for a wedding reception! Canning, NS

April 30, 2017
VIA Rail featured Artist on Board. Onboard train departing Montreal at 17:00 hours for Halifax.
www.viarail.ca

April 26, 2017
VIA Rail featured Artist on Board. Onboard train departing Halifax at 13:00 hours for Montreal.
www.viarail.ca

April 8, 2017
Frolic'n Folk Pub & Grill. The Iona Heights Inn, 4115 HWY 223, Iona, Cape Breton, NS. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
www.ionaheightsinn.com

March 17, 2017
St. Patrick's Day Cape Breton Ceilidh. Jamieson's Pub, 5 Cumberland Dr, Dartmouth, NS. 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
www.jamiesons.ca

January 25, 2017
Scottish fiddle and cello music with Brad Reid and Catherine Little for Robbie Burns Day! Loose Cannon Public House, Argyle Street, Halifax, NS. Free admission. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

November 19, 2016
Keshen Goodman Library, 330 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS. Free admission. 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM.
www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

November 12, 2016
Woodlawn Public Library, 31 Eisener Blvd, NS. Free admission. 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM.
www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

October 15, 2016
Not an "official" Jigs Start Here event, but Brad Reid and guest are the entertainment! Frolic'n Folk Pub & Grill. The Iona Heights Inn, 4115 HWY 223, Iona, Cape Breton, NS. 5:00pm-8:00pm. ​General admission seating ranging from $5-$10
www.ionaheightsinn.com

September 17, 2016
Halifax Celtic Festival. Halifax Forum Multipurpose Room, Windsor St, Halifax, NS. 12:00pm-1:00pm

August 1, 2016
Natal Day Parade. Dartmouth, NS. 11:00am

July 19, 2016
Jigs Start Here with Brad Reid, joined by guitar wiz Dave MacIsaac. Summer Sounds @ Barrington Concert Series. St. Matthew's United Church, 1479 Barrington St, Halifax, NS. 12:15pm-1:00pm. Admission by donation.

July 17, 2016
Jigs Start Here at a private house party! Halifax, NS.

July 16, 2016
Jigs Start Here with Brad Reid and guest. The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, 5136 Prince St, Halifax, NS. 5:00pm-8:00pm. No cover. Great atmosphere!
www.oldtriangle.com

July 5, 2016
Jigs Start Here with Brad Reid and guitar wiz Dave MacIsaac. Tuesday Night Tunes Concert Series. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Free admission.
www.maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca

July 3, 2016
Jigs Start Here with Brad Reid and friends. An outdoor summer ceilidh! Sullivan's Pond Gazebo, presented by Downtown Dartmouth and Atlantic Federation of Musicians, Local 571.​ ​2:00pm-3:30pm. A free community event!
www.downtowndartmouth.ca
www.atlanticmusicians.org

October 7, 2015
Jigs Start Here Halifax Public Library Series (Brad - fiddle, Kimberley Holmes - piano). Woodlawn Public Library, 31 Eisenor Blvd, Dartmouth, NS. 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Free admission. 
www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

October 6, 2015
Jigs Start Here Halifax Public Library Series (Brad - fiddle, Kimberley Holmes - piano). Alderney Gate Library, 60 Alderney Dr, NS. 7 pm - 8 pm. Free admission. 
www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

October 4, 2015
Jigs Start Here Halifax Public Library Series. (Brad - fiddle, Kimberley Holmes - piano). Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS. 2pm - 3 pm. Free admission. 
www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca​

October 2, 2015
Jigs Start Here Halifax Public Library Series. (Brad - fiddle, Kimberley Holmes - piano) Captain William Spry Library, 16 Sussex St, Spryfield, NS. 2:30pm - 3:30 pm. Free admission. 
www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca​

August 14, 2015
A traditional Cape Breton square dance in East Bay, Cape Breton, NS, with Brad Reid, accompanied by Susan MacLean on the piano. East Bay Fire Hall. 3542 NS Trunk 4, East Bay, NS. 7 pm - 12 am. $8. 

August 2, 2015
Sullivan's Pond, Dartmouth, NS. 2pm.
www.downtowndartmouth.ca

June 26, 2015
Multifest 2015, Halifax Seaport, Halifax, NS.
www.multifest.ca

March 17, 2015
St. Patrick's Day at Jamieson's Irish House, Cole Harbour, NS.

February 19, 2015
Clan Donald Ceilidh, Dartmouth, NS.

November 14, 2014
A house concert in Lr. Sackville, NS.

July 19, 2014
Ceilidh in East Bay, Cape Breton.

April 19, 2014
A Jigs Start Here corporate party in Timberlea, NS.

March 21, 2014
Free Music Fridays: Jigs Start Here with David Bradshaw! 9pm-12am. Presented by Music Nova Scotia, Casino Nova Scotia, and Jack929, at the Harbourfront Lounge, Halifax Casino.
www.casinonovascotia.com

December 5, 2013
A special square dance holiday party event at the Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS. 

July 14, 2013
Peggy Corkum Music Room, Halifax, NS. 2pm.

July 13, 2013
Paul's Hall, Glen Haven, NS. 8pm.

July 13, 2013
St. Francis by the Lake Anglican Church, Lr Sackville, NS. 2pm.

July 12, 2013
Bicentennial Theatre, Middle Musquodoboit, NS. 8pm.