CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Canada's East Coast Music Association Wednesday named Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster as recipient of its lifetime achievement award.
MacMaster, 81, will receive the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award at the Feb. 27 ceremony in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The ceremony will be broadcast live by the CBC.
"The word 'legend' is sometimes overused -- but not when it comes to Buddy MacMaster," ECMA Chairman Marc Chouinard said in a statement. "His influence spans decades and his contribution to the world of traditional music is immeasurable. We are very excited to be honoring him with this award."
Past winners include folk trio Ryan's Fancy, singer Rita MacNeil, fiddling legend Don Messer and Celtic guitarist John Allan Cameron.