Buddy MacMaster will receive the Order of Nova
The Judique fiddler is one of five Nova Scotians chosen for the
province's highest honour, and in announcing MacMaster's inclusion the
2003 selections, Premier John Hamm noted that "Hugh Allan ‘Buddy'
MacMaster is a renowned Cape Breton fiddler who, through his music, has
help preserve our province's Celtic culture. He has donated countless
hours to his community and has inspired many young musicians to follow
The Nova Scotia honour is not the first public recognition of the great
fiddler's talent and humanity. In 2000, the federal government of Canada
presented MacMaster with the Order of Canada, the nation's highest
Buddy played publicly for the first time in Port Hood when he was 12,
and played for his first paying dance in Troy when he was 15.