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Kate Dunlay

(b Antigonish, NS, Feb 24, 1975). Canadian fiddler, pianist, composer, and singer. During his early years, he was immersed in the Scottish-derived traditional music of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. He took up the fiddle (which he plays left-handed) at age eight. MacIsaac studied under Stan Chapman along with sister Lisa, cousin Wendy MacIsaac, and neighbor Natalie MacMaster, all of whom are now well-known fiddlers....

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Arvydas Karaška

Hurdy-gurdy of Lithuania. The wooden body is shaped roughly like a viola or cello. It has one melody string and one or two sympathetic strings passing over the friction wheel. A keyboard at the side of the body has up to 13 keys. The player depresses the keys with one hand while turning the wheel with a crank in the other hand. The ...