Madison Violet


Madison Violet is a Canadian Juno-nominated female musical duo, consisting of Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern. The pair, who grew up on rural Cape Breton Island, came together musically in the late 1990s, over many evenings in Brenley’s grandmother’s kitchen, which was always  bursting with food, family, friends, and instruments.

 Influenced by their maritime heritage, the East Coast musicians began creating music together that had roots firmly planted in their past, but with contemporary and modern elements generously overlaid.  Categorizing Madison Violet’s music is an impossible task, in that one can hear elements of folk, singer-songwriter, pop, indie, bluegrass, and country flawlessly interwoven throughout. Their brand new album has just been released. Madison Violet will play  songs from “eleven” on Thursday, 20th June 2024, on our Schlosspark stage.

Madison Violet opens the 9th blacksheep Festival on Thursday, 20th June 2024

The beauty, indeed the class, of music can not be measured by sales. If we exclude the Taylor Swifts and Kanye Wests of the world, musicians, regardless of genre, are no longer required to rely solely on the profits from their commercially released songs and albums, but to go on tour and be more direct with their fans to get in touch.

This brings us to the Canadian duo Madison Violet. Since their founding 19 years ago, Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac have made it their policy to travel the world with their songs. They share singing, guitar playing and songwriting almost like sisters. Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac were with us in Bonfeld in 2011: They immediately won our hearts and the  hearts of the Folk im Schlosshof audience.

Memories of Folk im Schlosshof 2011

MacIsaac and MacEachern are exceptional story tellers, skilled multi-instrumentalists, and together, perfect harmonists. Their voices soar, perfectly complimenting each other, as they sing lyrics that will both mend and break your heart.

MacIsaac and MacEachern have released more than 10 albums together.  Their latest record “eleven” was self-recorded and produced, ranking MacIssac and MacEachern among the less than 2.1% of female-identifying music producers in the industry.

“Eleven” is considered their most candid album to date, filled with deeply personal stories of love and loss.

The musicians have received dozens of notable accolades for their work, including a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.  They have brought home a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year, have reached the top 5 on the Canadian iTunes download charts, amassed over one million streams on Spotify, and have placed on CBC’s Top 20 multiple times throughout their career.

Their music is consistently played across Canada and throughout the world, and the internationally acclaimed artists are no strangers to receiving glowing reviews for both their studio work, and live performances. MacIsaac and MacEachern currently live in and around Toronto, Ontario, tour internationally, identify as members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and are fervent advocates for social justice.

The Band

  • Lisa MacIsaac – Vocals, Guitar
  • Brenley MacEachern – Vocals, Guitar


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