Billy MacInnis, a third generation fiddler, has been entertaining and wowing audiences since the age of five. His first fans and still his strongest supporters are his parents, Lorraine (Ricard) MacInnis and Bill MacInnis senior, a seasoned fiddler and Billy’s mentor and teacher.
Billy hails from Village Green, a tight knit community on Prince Edward Island, and which provided Billy and his three siblings with a solid foundation and a picture perfect album of fond childhood memories.
He started entertaining the public at age seven; delighting audiences with the skill, devotion and talent of a true professional.
Billy has been influenced by many fiddle players such as King Ganam ,Chubby Wise(Hank Snow’s fiddler) Don Rich and Graham Townsend to name a few.
In the Earlier years Billy enjoyed playing at the many dances and concerts and approached each with an eagerness and enthusiasm that would see him through many competitions and subsequent wins throughout the Maritimes and Ontario alike.
Billy has composed many of his own original pieces and recorded his first album at the age of thirteen and went on to record Seven more with his latest album titled “Billy MacInnis “Live at the Trail side Café”. Billy also composed and recorded a feature single, entitled “Wally’s Gold Cup Special,” promoting Island harness racing and honouring famed horseman, 2001 Gold Cup & Saucer Race winner and Prince Edward Island native, Wally Hennessy.
Billy played for a capacity crowd of 6000 at a reunion of Don Messer’s band, “The Islanders.” He also composed and recorded tunes honouring band members, Duke Nielson, Waldo Munroe and Cecil MacEachern.
Billy has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many talented artists such as, Lennie Gallant and Rita MacNeil in recognition of the Royal visit to Prince Edward Island and has made guest appearances with artists like John Allan Cameron,, Prairie Oyster and has played various Fairs and Festivals throughout the Country. Billy has been playing many shows around PEI with some of the Islands finest musicians and performers such as well known entertainer Leon Gallant from Stanely Bridge.
Also known as Stompin’ Tom’s fiddle player, Billy spent 9 years touring with Canada’s Icon until his sudden passing in March 2013 , During those 9 years Billy played on the recording of Toms CD ‘The Ballad” and Tom’s “Live in Concert” DVD.
Billy has also been playing lead guitar and fiddle with Stony Plain recording artist country singer songwriter Tim Hus from Nelson B.C, based out of Alberta.