Cape Breton fiddle legend Buddy MacMaster has added a prestigious Scottish honour to his long list of accomplishments.
Earlier this month, MacMaster was honoured at the Scots Trad Music Awards as one of its inductees into the 2006 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
The 82-year-old musician is the first performer from outside the U.K. to be inducted into the hall, which was created at the 2005 awards gala.
The hall recognizes and celebrates "musicians and industry people who, by their dedication and hard work, have supported and influenced the development of Scottish traditional music during their lives."
A member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, MacMaster was born into a Gaelic-speaking musical family in the northeastern Ontario mining town of Timmins. The family, however, was originally from Cape Breton and returned there when Buddy was a toddler, moving to the town of Judique.
MacMaster began playing the fiddle as a teen and, although he worked for the Canadian National Railroad for about 45 years, he built a career performing his Cape Breton-style fiddle at concerts, dances, benefits and on CBC-TV shows like Ceilidh and The John Allan Cameron Show.
MacMaster began recording albums in 1989at the age of 65, after he retired from his rail career.
He has also travelled to Scotland to perform and teach the traditional Cape Breton Celtic style of music.
In February, MacMaster was honoured with the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award at the East Coast Music Awards.