Bob MacLean is a freelance guitarist, celtic/classical guitarist & folksinger with roots in Cape Breton (Glace Bay) and Quebec. He’s been playing guitar for as long as he can remember and his interest and passion for the guitar have only grown over the years. His passion led him to McGill and Western where he graduated in music education and classical guitar.
He has gone through multiplephases – folk, rock, folk again, classical, and in recent years, celtic/traditional and, yes, folk again. Today he says he’s the luckiest guy when he “goes to work.” He can, and does, tap into all these different styles; and the result? – Music To Nourish The Soul. Anyone who sees/hears him playing, whether it is his solo instrumental Event guitar program or his lively story-telling East Coast Songs and tunes program, knows the passion is authentic and palpable.
If there was one word to sum up Bob’s music, it would be “Engaging.” And that is exactly what he does. He engages the listener with each and every performance.
“….very engaging and highly interactive …had a lot of good response and feedback …you are a great performer and we would definitely like to book you again. KB (Corp Planner)
Working as a freelance musician requires one to wear “different hats.” So, Bob focuses his energies on four different but related areas – and he is passionate about all of them!
1/ Trad-Roots Musician - combining his fingerstyle guitar skills and his love of East Coast/traditional music and songs. He is a frequent performer at pubs, house concerts and Trad/Celtic Festivals.
2/ Event Guitarist - playing roots-inspired classical, pop guitar for weddings, receptions, restaurants and mingling-type events.
3/ Bob puts on an extended concert series called THREE IN THE ROUND - THE SINGLE MALT SESSIONS where he invites some of his Folk/Tad friends to join him in concerts across Ontario.
- Bob frequently plays with noted fiddler/conductor Fiona McCairley and long time "partner in crime" Randy Jackiw.
4/ Seniors - Bob also devotes a lot of his performing time playing for seniors in Independent/Assisted Living and Long Term Care facilities.