Cape Breton fiddler and composer Jerry Holland has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 54.
Holland died Thursday night, a close friend told CBC News.
Holland was originally from Boston. As a boy, he travelled to Cape Breton in the summer with his family. He moved to the island permanently in 1975.
He performed publicly for the first time at age six — a year after he started to learn the fiddle. He performed on the John Allan Cameron Show from 1974-1977, and played stages around the world.
Over the years, Holland earned a reputation as one of the finest composers and players of Cape Breton-style music.