“Stonebridge makes the smoothest, truest, most reliable, highest quality instruments available. I think I’m guilty of a love affair with my guitar.”
– Ciarán MacGillivry
Ciarán Gregory MacGillivray grew up in the loving embrace of traditional Scottish and Irish culture on the majestic and rugged island of Cape Breton in eastern Nova Scotia. The Atlantic provinces have given birth to some of Canada’s most memorable performers and have been the backdrop for Ciarán’s exposure to the arts and his appreciation for family and friends.
For a boy who spent his earliest years with a guitar in his hand and a soccer ball at his feet, it seemed that the tiny island wasn’t big enough for him and his aspirations. His fascination with music began with the subconscious injection of Folk, Classical and Contemporary melodies into his head via cassette tapes that played in his room on the Mira River while he was sleeping. In fact, Ciarán was brought into the world to the strains of The Chieftains playing through a stereo system in the maternity ward!
Ciarán comes by his artistic talents honestly as he is the son of renowned Canadian bard and songwriter Allister MacGillivray and his singer wife, Beverly. Ciarán’s comfort on the stage can only be attributed to spending so much time there from an early age. Whether playing music and singing, reciting, acting or doing slight of hand, he was at home; he began his professional career at the tender age of 5.
Among his acting roles, he has played: Ray Hare in the motion picture “Copperhead“, Abusive Soldier in a brief scene with Michelle Willams in the motion picture “Take This Waltz“, Owen Ettinger in the short film “When You’re Gone” and Choir Boy/Miner Boy/Schoolboy in the television series “Pit Pony“. His theatre work includes: Ferdinand in “The Tempest“, François in “Never Say No“, Jules Boucher in “What Lies Beneath“, Jaques Gabier in “Murder À La Carte“, Fabien Rameau in “The Sum of Love“, and numerous others.
He has also performed, written, scored, produced, recorded and sung music all his life. Since 2000 he has headed up internationally acclaimed, award-winning Celtic-Folk band “The Cottars” and has released four albums with them. The band has played in festivals and concert halls from Denmark to Australia and Japan, from Carnegie Hall in New York City to Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Being a virtuoso on a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, bouzouki and tin whistle, Ciarán also does traditional Scottish step dancing and is an accomplished singer. Possessing a remarkable memory, he also has a natural facility with languages, is fluent in French and has had instruction in Scots Gaelic.
Waiting excitedly for his next acting adventure, Ciarán bides his time by shooting pool, eating samosas, memorizing soliloquies and keenly watching countless hours of Inside The Actor’s Studio. Recently he has earned a place in the exclusive 2012-2013 class of Neptune Theatre’s prestigious acting program.