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Ashley MacIsaac

Ashley MacIsaac

MacIsaac performing at the Burlington Sound of Music festival in 2010. Neil MacIntosh also pictured on drums.

MacIsaac performing at the Burlington Sound of Music festival in 2010. Neil MacIntosh also pictured on drums.

Birth nameAshley Dwayne MacIsaac
Born (1975-02-24) February 24, 1975 (age 46)
Creignish, Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada
GenresCeltic fusion, folk, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsFiddle, vocals
Years active1992–present
LabelsA&M, RCA, Decca, Linus, Loggerhead
Associated actsMac Morin, Natalie MacMaster, The Rankins

Musical artist

Ashley Dwayne MacIsaac (born February 24, 1975) is a Canadian fiddler, singer and songwriter from Cape Breton Island. He has received three Juno Awards, winning for Best New Solo Artist and Best Roots & Traditional Album – Solo at the Juno Awards of 1996, and for Best Instrumental Artist at the Juno Awards of 1997. His 1995 album Hi™ How Are You Today? was a double-platinum selling Canadian record. MacIsaac published an autobiography, Fiddling with Disaster in 2003.

Life and family[edit]

MacIsaac was born in Creignish, Inverness County, Nova Scotia. His sister Lisa is also a fiddler, who has her own alternative country band, Madison Violet.[1] She also appears on his album Helter's Celtic, which was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.

His cousins Alexis MacIsaac, Wendy MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster are also touring fiddlers.[2] He is also a distant cousin of the White Stripes guitarist and lead vocalist Jack White. The two met and MacIsaac opened for the White Stripes concert in Glace Bay in 2007.[3]

In 2007, MacIsaac married Andrew Stokes.[4][5] According to MacIsaac, spoken during his February 25, 2017, concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto, they are now divorced. He lives in Windsor, Ontario.[6]


MacIsaac's album Hi™ How Are You Today?, featuring the hit single "Sleepy Maggie", with vocals in Scottish Gaelic by Mary Jane Lamond was released in 1995. The song peaked at number 13 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart[7] and found minor success in the United States, reaching number two on the BillboardBubbling Under Hot 100.[8]Hi™ How Are You Today? was a double-platinum selling Canadian record[9] and earned MacIsaac a 1996 Juno in the category Best Roots & Traditional Album – Solo.[10] During his early career, MacIsaac subtly acknowledged his sexual identity, sometimes wearing a set of rainbow flag freedom rings on a neck chain in promotional photos,[11] but avoided explicitly coming out to the press.[11] He officially came out in 1996 after Frank, a Canadian gossip magazine, published a cover story about his sexuality.[12] In 1996, in a Maclean's interview, he claimed that he had discussed his sexual life, including his young boyfriend and a claimed fondness for watersports, in an interview with the LGBT newsmagazine The Advocate.[13][14]The Advocate did not print any of the material,[13] but Maclean's dropped him from its year-end honours list.[15]

In 1996, MacIsaac toured the United States as an opening act for the Chieftains.[16] It was widely reported in the media that another opener, folk singer Nanci Griffith, dropped out of the tour because she objected to MacIsaac's musical style,[16] but Griffith later confirmed in Rolling Stone that her primary conflict was not with MacIsaac's style, but with tour organizers over how much time was available for her after the addition of MacIsaac to the bill.[17] On a 1997 Late Night with Conan O'Brien appearance, his leg kick lifted his kilt high enough that his genitals were visible to the studio audience, although they were blurred out in post-production before the actual broadcast.[18] On that same year he also featured as a guest on Toronto indie rock band Glueleg's final studio album, Clodhopper, specifically on the album's second track, "See Saw Man".[19][20]

In 1998 MacIsaac fought successfully to be independent of his record label.[21] He subsequently signed with the independent label Loggerhead Records for his 1999 album Helter's Celtic. During the promotional tour for that album, he indicated to the press that he had battled an addiction to crack cocaine from 1997 to 1999.[15] In 1999, a journalist for The New Yorker noted MacIsaac's rock-star bravado and eccentricities.[22]

In December 1999, MacIsaac screamed obscenities at a New Year's Eve rave in Halifax; the performance led to cancellations of his concerts across Canada and a "media frenzy over his perceived downward spiral".[23] MacIsaac got into a media spat with his label Loggerhead after the label sent out a press release distancing itself from his actions.[23] Also the same year, MacIsaac told the Halifax Chronicle-Herald that he was on the verge of declaring bankruptcy, retracted the statement within a few days, and then actually filed for bankruptcy several months later.[23]

In 2003, MacIsaac was alleged to have made a racist statement on stage, at a show where he reportedly accused an Asian woman in the audience of spreading SARS. He subsequently stated that the comment was intended as an ironic parody of racism, and sued the Ottawa Citizen for misrepresenting the statement as racist when in fact he was speaking out against racial profiling happening in Canada at the time.[24] In 2005, MacIsaac signed on with Linus Entertainment, forming a rock band with himself on lead vocals and guitar. In 2010, MacIsaac wrote a charity single, "Dreams", to benefit Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, a skier from Ghana who was the first Ghanaian athlete ever to compete in the Winter Olympics.[25] In addition to Matthew Harder of the band House of Doc and Geoffrey Kelly, Vince Ditrich and Tobin Frank of the band Spirit of the West, Nkrumah-Acheampong himself participated in the recording, playing traditional Ghanaian percussion.[25] The single, credited to the Parallel Band, was released to iTunes on February 19, 2010.[25] MacIsaac also performed in the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.[26]

In 2016, MacIsaac co-hosted, with Heather Rankin, the East Coast Music Awards.[9]

Political involvement[edit]

MacIsaac has declared an interest in politics and has stated, in a letter to the National Post, that he is studying constitutional law so as to pursue an entry into Canadian federal politics.

In the March 20, 2006, edition of the Halifax Daily News, MacIsaac declared himself a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.[13][27] He denied that his campaign was a publicity stunt,[28] telling the Canadian Press that he fully intended to mount a serious campaign, but on June 21, 2006, he decided to no longer take part in the leadership race.[13] In 2013, he again suggested to the press that he was interested in entering politics, although he did not specify for which political party.[6]

During a concert in Cheticamp, NS on Sept 14, 2021 he provided support for the Conservative Party in the 2021 election, telling the crowd to “Vote Tory."[citation needed]

Equipment & playing style[edit]

MacIsaac plays a right-handed fiddle left-handed, most notably allowing it to remain strung right-handed,[29] a highly unusual style of playing. MacIsaac however explained in a 2014 interview for the Celtic Colours Festival that during his first fiddle lesson with Stan Chapman when his father asked if he should change the strings around the other way, Stan said "Well, if you change the strings on your fiddle, you'll never be able to play anyone else's fiddle. So if he's gonna learn that way, learn that way". In the same interview, MacIsaac also elaborated that his unorthodox playing style allows the lower notes to remain on the lower side of the fiddle, and this allows him to go up to the higher notes; he said it "just makes sonic sense" to him to have the strings upside down.[30]



Year Album Chart Positions CRIA
CANCAN CountryUS Heat
1992 Close to the Floor71 10
1993 A Cape Breton Christmas(Ashley MacIsaac and Friends)
1995 Hi™ How Are You Today?9 20 2× Platinum[9]
1996 Fine®, Thank You Very Much24
1999 Helter's Celtic
2001 capebretonfiddlemusicNOTCALM(with Howie MacDonald)
2003 Ashley MacIsaac
2004 Live at the Savoy
2005 Fiddle Music 101(with Dave MacIsaac)
2006 Pride
2008 The Best of Ashley MacIsaac
2011 Crossover
2014 Beautiful Lake Ainslie(with Barbara MacDonald Magone)
2016 FDLER(featuring Ashley MacIsaac and Jay "Sticks" Andrews)


Year Single Chart Positions Album
1995 "The Square Dance Song" (with BKS)18 Astroplane(BKS album)
"Sleepy Maggie" 42 15 13 29 102 Hi™ How Are You Today?
"Devil in the Kitchen" 47 53
1997 "Brenda Stubbert"
1998 "Great Divide" (with Bruce Hornsby)43 33 Spirit Trail(Bruce Hornsby album)


See also[edit]


  1. ^"Musical duo: Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac". Xtra!. June 4, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  2. ^"MacMaster now has time to fiddle a bit". London Free Press, August 26, 2004.
  3. ^"Ashley MacIsaac to open for White Stripes". CBC News. June 15, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  4. ^"Fiddler MacIsaac marries on stage". CBC News. February 18, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  5. ^"MacIsaac marries sweetheart onstage at music awards". Ottawa Citizen. February 19, 2007. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  6. ^ ab"Musician Ashley MacIsaac hints at political run in Windsor". CBC News. September 23, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  7. ^"Top RPM Singles: Issue 1898". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  8. ^"Ashley MacIsaac Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  9. ^ abc"Ashley MacIsaac and Heather Rankin announced as hosts for 2016 East Coast Music Awards gala". East Coast Music Awards. November 2, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  10. ^"Juno Awards Database". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  11. ^ ab"Fishbowl living hard for fiddling sensation". Victoria Times-Colonist, September 19, 1995.
  12. ^"He's baacckk!: Ashley MacIsaac comes clean about the recent chaos on tour and his lifestyle". Kingston Whig-Standard, September 7, 1996.
  13. ^ abcd""Ashley MacIsaac". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  14. ^Fitzgerald, Nicole (March 9, 2007). "MacIsaac No Longer Fiddling Around". Pique News Magazine. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  15. ^ ab"Cracking up"., October 29, 1999.
  16. ^ ab"MacIsaac outlasts Griffith in tour feud". Edmonton Journal, July 16, 1996.
  17. ^"These Days: Nanci Griffith". Rolling Stone.
  18. ^"Fiddler MacIsaac bares all on TV". Toronto Star, February 19, 1997.
  19. ^Sweet, Matthew (March 28, 1997). "Blue Sky on Mars"(PDF). Entertainment. p. 21. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  20. ^"See Saw Man". YouTube. April 21, 2020. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  21. ^"MacIsaac is out on his own"., July 13, 1998.
  22. ^"Sex, Drugs, and Fiddling: Is the Celtic virtuoso Ashley MacIssac Too Wild for Rock and Roll?". December 20, 1999. Archived from the original on May 28, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  23. ^ abc"Skirting around"., July 19, 2000.
  24. ^"MacIsaac sues newspaper over alleged racist label". CBC News. May 13, 2003. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  25. ^ abc"Ghana's Snow Leopard records Olympic dream song with Canadian fiddler MacIsaac". Canadian Press, February 19, 2010.
  26. ^"You oughta Juno: What happened to those artists voted most likely to succeed? Part 2 — 1986 – 1999". National Post, David Berry and Rebecca Tucker | March 14, 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  27. ^"Fiddler Ashley MacIsaac pledges to run for Liberal leadership". CBC Arts. March 22, 2006. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  28. ^"MacIsaac denies leadership bid is a stunt". CTV News. Archived from the original on February 24, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  29. ^Thomson, Ryan J. (2003). Playing Violin and Fiddle Left Handed, p.42. Captain Fiddle. ISBN 9780931877421. "Ashley MaIsaac...plays left handed on a regular right handed violin."
  30. ^"Ashley MacIsaac". Celtic Colours International Festival. Retrieved March 24, 2021.

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How Ashley Longshore Sells $30,000 Paintings on Instagram

“I sold a painting this morning on Instagram!”

When Ashley Longshore picked up the phone and we started talking, this was one of the first things she said to me. The collector had seen a work in progress picture that Ashley posted to her Instagram account, and emailed her saying, “I have to have this! Is it sold yet?”

Ashley wasn’t actually quite finished with it yet.

This is, apparently, a regular occurrence for Ashley. According to the New York Post, Ashley’s work sells for $30,000 or more, to some of the most elite, wealthy people in the world – despite it being highly provocative and not suitable for work.

Besides the Post, she’s been featured in Vogue, US Weekly, Elle, and dozens of other publications.

How Ashley Sells Art on Instagram

One thing that Ashley made very clear to me: art galleries are completely optional! You don’t need to give them 50% of your sale price! Ashley is a big proponent of artists learning the business side of art, and agreed to share some her own tips here.

Ashley’s primary focus is building relationships. Some of Ashley’s collectors have known her for years. They call her up and talk to her like an old friend. They followed her to Instagram because she was enthusiastic about it, and they’re enthusiastic about her. Ashley is engaging, funny, crude, and occasionally poignant. She responds to people when they email, tag, or otherwise communicate with her.

She lets her freak flag fly. Ashley’s art reflects that part of her personality that many people would be repelled by – and that’s a big key to her success. People who enjoy her big personality enjoy following her on Instagram. “I like to laugh. I’m perverted,” she says.

We talked for a while about whether or not artists need to be like her in order to sell their art.

Ashley says no, of course not. But you should be you. Don’t hide behind safe art. Say something in your work that’s important to you, and the right people will connect with that work.

You’ll notice on Ashley’s Instagram account that a lot of what she shares are hilarious pictures from the Internet with a little observation. Here’s an example of something very strange that gets posted to her account.


I asked Ashley how she finds the weird images that are all over her IG feed. It’s a hilarious combination of random stuff she finds while she’s doing research for her existing work, drunk Googling late at night, and random inspiration at any time of the day.

She once wondered whether or not Richard Simmons could do a toe-touch, so she found an image of it and then saved it on her phone. Some time later, she was scrolling through the 12,000+ images on her phone and found it, then decided to share it on Instagram.

Her followers, of course, loved it.

She caters to the collector’s Fear, Ego, and Enthusiasm. Many collectors, especially the wealthy ones, are seeking validation of their insecurities. Successful people, like the rest of us, fear missing out on the next big thing. Amongst their friends, that next big thing is Ashley’s work, so they can’t miss out.


Ashley has a very impressive press kit. If you look at it, you can’t help but feel like she’s one of the biggest artists in the world. Ashley has an assistant that aggressively pursues media opportunities, which just makes her even more impressive. This media attention validates the collector’s choice and gives them something to brag about to their friends who don’t have one of Ashley’s pieces.

Ashley makes herself accessible. When her collector emailed that morning about her new piece, Ashley was ready with a sales price and the ability to take their credit card number. This way, the collector’s enthusiasm doesn’t get cold.

She plays the long game. Ashley Longshore has been a working artist for 23 years. She knows that if she continues to pursue relationships and is true to her own personality, the sales will come. This philosophy is working out well for her, but it was certainly a struggle early on. Ashley’s been there.

For more on selling art on Instagram, try How to Sell Your Art on Instagram. For more inspiration from awesome artists rocking it: 7 Inspiring Artists on Instagram.  (Not yet sure if Instagram is the right choice for you? We’ve got a tutorial on how to choose the right social media platform for your art.)

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Ashley Olsen and her twin Mary-Kate Olsen have kept their lives as private as two world-famous child stars-turned-adult designers can manage. But while the girls haven't spoken about their love lives, the tabloids and paparazzi have gotten some details on who they’re with. Mary-Kate has been married to Olivier Sarkozy since 2015 but requested an emergency divorce in May 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. That divorce was finalized in January 2021.

Ashley, meanwhile, is currently dating a 33-year-old artist, Louis Eisner. The two have been photographed together a couple times. After nearly a year not being seen, they signaled their relationship is still on and strong in March when they were photographed out in New York City on a date. On July 9, 2021, Eisner made a very rare move: posting a photo of Ashley on his Instagram Story. Yes, she's carrying a beer and machete for reasons unspecified:


On July 18, 2021, they were seen holding hands after dinner at Balthazar in NYC—a very rare public outing for these two.

And on September 23, 2021, the two attended their first event together: the YES 20th Anniversary Gala:

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Here, details on who Eisner is along with his and Ashley’s dating history.

What does Louis Eisner do?

Eisner is a bicoastal artist who grew up in California. His mother Lisa is a famous fashion photographer and jewelry designer, so there’s art in his blood. He wrote a glowing caption about her on his Instagram for Mother’s Day 2019. "You gave me life and also taught me how to find its magical beauty," he wrote to her. "Forever thankful to you and all the mothers in the world."

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He was featured in Interviewback in December 2010, where the outlet noted that Eisner went to Columbia University and studied art history. He was part of Still House Group, a collective of young artists, for years after he graduated.

You can see some of his paintings formerly on auction at He has a more abstract style. Apparently Ivanka Trump bought an Eisner piece in 2013, so his work is part of her art collection.

How old is Eisner?

Eisner was born on July 31, 1988, so he's now 33. He shared a shot from his high school yearbook on his Instagram, which publicly revealed his birth date. He’s a Leo!

When did he and Ashley meet and start dating?

Not much has been revealed about the two’s romance. RadarOnlinereported back in February 2019 that the two quietly started dating in 2017 after being just friends for years. Grazia notes they were first seen publicly at the Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden in October 2017.

They allegedly met through mutual high school friends and have known each other for more than five years.

Are Ashley and Louis close with Mary-Kate and Olivier Sarkozy?

When that Mary-Kate first separated from her husband of nearly five years in May 2020, Ashley was supportive of her sister during this time. A source told E! that Mary-Kate was quarantining with Ashley and a group of friends outside of New York City. “It's gotten very ugly between them [Mary-Kate and Olivier],” the source said, referring to it as a “heated divorce.” Mary-Kate is “done with constant drama,” the source added.

But before Mary-Kate and Olivier’s relationship ended, they were seen out a few times with Ashley and her significant other. In June 2019, the sisters celebrated their 33rd birthdays with Eisner and Sarkozy by their sides, according to E!. And in November 2019, the Daily Mailran photos of the Olsen twins with their respective partners, double-dating at Bowery Hotel's Gemma restaurant in New York City.

How serious are Ashley and Eisner now?

Radar's source in February 2019 said the two were “very much in love.”

An insider also explained to Radar that Eisner likes his privacy, and that's why he hasn’t walked any red carpets with his girlfriend. (Ashley seldom walks red carpets, for what it's worth.) “It’s not that they are trying to keep their relationship on the down low, Louis just doesn’t like the spotlight—even less so than Ashley,” the source said.

Back in 2018, a source told the outlet that they're not about to get married either. “They’re not in a rush,” Radar's source said. “He’s a long-term relationship kind of guy, but he doesn’t follow societal norms.”

In Mary-Kate and Ashley's August 2018 WSJ magazine interview, the outlet noted that Ashley was contemplating moving to Los Angeles full-time. This could be in part because that's where Eisner has been based. A 2017 New York Times profile on his mom described him as commuting back and forth between Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Eisner has been to some major public events for Ashley. He was at her and Mary-Kate's 33rd birthday party in New York City, E! reported, where he had dinner with their friends and Mary-Kate's husband.

On July 29, 2019, the couple made a rare appearance out in Pacific Palisades, California, where they were photographed going to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

And on September 23, 2021, the two finally made their event debut together at the YES 20th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles:

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Is Eisner on social media?

Eisner has an Instagram, which mostly shows artwork. He does, however, share personal photos from time to time, although he has never posted any of him and Ashley together in the same frame. He posted one about his brother in March 2018.

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He also shared a yearbook photo of himself in January 2019, writing, “Tbt Senior page. Forgot to give them a baby photo but now this is my baby photo.”

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Has Eisner ever posted a photo of Ashley on his Instagram?

Eisner has kept his relationship with Ashley almost entirely off-line. But on July 9, 2021, he made an exception: He shared a photo on his Instagram Story of Ashley with him during a hike. She was carrying a beer and machete (no, he didn't specify why). He appeared in other shots in the wilderness and with animals:





How are Eisner and Ashley doing during the coronavirus pandemic?

A year into quarantining, Eisner and Ashley's relationship is still very much on. The couple of nearly four years now was photographed in New York City on Sunday, March 14 on a double date with friends. Daily Mail ran photos of the two alongside each other in coats. Eisner, in one shot, has an arm around Ashley’s back. According to the outlet, the couple had dinner and wine with W magazine editor-in-chief Sara Moonves and her boyfriend, fashion photographer, Jeff Henrikson.

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There's no question: Ashley Graham is on cloud nine about her second baby on the way.

The pregnant supermodel strutted her stuff in a new selfie she posted on Aug. 18. Ashley, 33, was decked out in an itty bitty cloud-printed bikini, with stormy Crocs that paired perfectly with her blue bliss look. "Got the shoes to match," she proudly wrote.

Her swimwear ensemble also included a teal bucket hat, because this mama nails allll the TikTok fashion trends. Ashley accessorized with a chic beaded necklace, her stacked gold earrings, a gold anklet and even some belly beads draped around her baby bump. In one pic, she added a cloudy mesh coverup for her day in the sun.

Of course, her tropical vacation wasn't complete without sliced mangos, fried plantains and crispy fish, as seen in her Instagram Story.

The self-described "hot mom" (can't argue with that) announced in July that she and husband Justin Ervin are expecting their second little one. She wrote on Insta, "the past year has been full of tiny surprises, big griefs, familiar beginnings and new stories. i'm just beginning to process and celebrate what this next chapter means for us." They welcomed their firstborn, Isaac, in January 2020.

Ashley Graham's Best Looks

Ashley has been lucky enough to receive support from her family and fellow models during her time as a new mom. In May, she told E! News that she has swapped parenting tips with Karlie Kloss and Emily Ratajkowski, saying, "When you sit down with another mom, all you kind of talk about is like being a mom... And you try not to do it, but ultimately, that's all you talk about."

Ashley Graham, Instagram

But she has one rule that she sticks to in these kinds of circumstances: "I always say, 'Do you want the advice?' before."

Ashley explained, "There's just so much unsolicited advice that you get when you're pregnant… You feel bombarded by it a bit, so I think the best thing to do when talking to anyone who's pregnant or has just had a baby is, like, make sure they want the advice before you give it."

See her latest pregnancy pics here.


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