Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Shelly Campbell has been playing traditional Cape Breton music for almost 30 years. She was influenced by Nova Scotian fiddlers Stephanie Wills, Theresa MacLellan, Gertie Coffin and Alex Francis MacKay to name a few. Shelly is frequently heard at concerts, pubs and festivals and is a popular player for dances in Inverness County. Although she usually stays close to home, Shelly has taught and played throughout the Maritimes as well as in Ontario, Ireland, Scotland and Denmark. Shelly also has an avid interest in the Gaelic language and its preservation in Cape Breton and continues to work on her own fluency. Shelly teaches private and group lessons and has been involved in the development and co-ordination of Fèis Cheap Breatuinn, which seeks to provide more opportunity for lessons and mentorship in traditional music, dance and language throughout Cape Breton. Shelly’s playing is powerful, lively and graceful, deeply rooted in the traditions she grew up listening to.