Chrissy Crowley – At Home Here in Nova Scotia

Occupation: Recording and touring artist…fiddler!

Place of Birth: Margaree Forks, NS

Currently Resides: Sydney, NS

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a coffee?

The Dancing Goat in Margaree. Not only is the name hilarious, but the food/coffee is great. I had goats when I was kid (Bob Marley, Thelma, and Louise), so I feel a nostalgic tie…I miss those goats.

Where’s your favourite place in Nova Scotia to grab a pint?

I don’t think I have a particular favourite, because I’ve had at least one gig and a couple of pints in every bar here and I think they’re all wonderful. Anything that offers live music is good for me, but I frequent Governor’s Pub in Sydney the most right now because of the Celtic sessions they host every Wednesday!

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Nova Scotia?

No need to be proud….second hand is beautiful…and they now offer bleach for colours.  I am a huge fan of bizarre second hand/antique shops…you never know what you’ll find. My last “score” was a Haida Nations authentic ring and vintage boots (because you can never have too many boots) at a thrift shop in North Sydney called Josifa’s.

Where in Nova Scotia would we stand to see your favourite view?

In front of the mirror…ha! To see my favourite view, you would have to drive four miles down a dirt road called Big Brook Rd, in the backwoods of Margaree. Sneak around my house (which isn’t creepy at all), find the little grass path and follow it along the brook for another five minutes. There you’ll find a natural swimming hole with waterfalls ….and possibly me skinny-dipping (jokes).   You can jump into the little waterfall and ride down into the pool...super fun, maybe dangerous.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Nova Scotia:

1. Come to my shows 😉 See any live music you can…it’s all good!

2. Go to a Cape Breton kitchen party! I'd recommend Mike and Marlene Denny's, the second Sunday of August...almost every fiddler in Cape Breton shows up and it's a giant fiddling marathon with lots of food and drink. There are lots of parties to choose from!

3. Go for a trail-ride at Rocking Horse Ranch in Baddeck Forks. You get to see some incredible scenery by horseback. An added bonus- it’s a rehabilitation centre for horses, so you get to meet and hear the stories of some amazing, recovered horses.

What makes Nova Scotia such a special place on earth for you?

I think the easiest way to answer this question would be to make a list: the people, the cultures (music, art, story-telling, the languages), and the landscape. If I were to go into fine details, this paragraph would never end. At almost every performance I do here, I have folks from away coming up to me afterwards telling their stories about how Nova Scotians have made them feel so comfortable and “at home.” More often than not, there are stories of how these travellers found themselves in need of help and had locals at their side in minutes offering a bed, a drive, etc. You can’t help but notice how many tourists find themselves making a permanent move here, or buying a summer home within months of their first visit. After all the travelling I’ve done with my music, I’ve received some wonderful hospitality but there seems to be something special about the feeling of “home” they get when they come here. I guess I’m content living in paradise 😉


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  1. Chrissy is very well spoken and a fine fiddler.

    Nova Scotia is a big place ...don't miss the scenic drive up Route 19, the Ceilidh Trail, and the Cabot Trail, along the western shore of Cape Breton Island.

    Comment by Robert Selkowitz — November 18, 2011 @ 11:24 am

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