Michael Milne (lead vocals and guitar) is a life-long Annapolis Valley native whose love of music can be heard as soon as he opens his mouth. Whether he is belting out an a cappella tune or promoting local musicians and events, his passion is evident. With musical influences such as Tommy Makem, The Clancy brothers and Stan Rogers, traditional Irish and Maritime folk are his specialty. In 2011 Michael released his first CD “Fine Felt Hat” followed by his second CD “Bent on Ramblin'” in 2014. Michael can typically be found at Paddy’s Brew Pub in Wolfville on Monday nights hosting the Open Mic and any music festival across the province.
Kory Bayer (bass) has been involved in music for most of his life. He has been playing upright bass and electric bass for over 25 years. After graduating from McGill’s orchestral training program, Kory moved to Asia. While in Asia he completed an MA in Humanities through California State University. After 15 years in Asia he returned to Canada to live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. While in Japan, along with doing sound for the bands he played in, he also began recording. After moving to Nova Scotia, Kory enrolled in the NSCC Recording Arts program. Kory is an engineer at SoundMarket Recording Studios. He runs his own sound system, SoundMarket Live. He also plays bass in a few other local groups, including Up Dog. He has played bass on a number of recordings since moving to Nova Scotia. Kory has provided sound for Deep Roots Music Festival. He runs the sound at Paddys Brewpub in Wolfville twice a month for their open mic. He also works occasionally for Sound Source Pro Audio. You can find Kory on facebook.
Randy Feener (bodhran) has percussive blood that can be traced back to his father, brother, Uncle and cousin. He started playing conventional drums at an early age and continued on until after high school, jamming with friends any time he could playing various genres of music like rock and country. Although he gave up playing for several years after that to pursue a career and to build a family of his own, he did not forget his percussion roots. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that he was infused with the Celtic and Traditional music genre through friends who have family deeply rooted in Cape Breton. His wife Shauna had given him his first Bodhran (The Celtic Drum) for a Christmas gift about 7 years ago and he has dedicated himself exclusively to that style of percussion since then. He was able to create a sound and style on the Bodhran he could call his own. He studied the history and significance of Celtic Percussion, the place it has in this part of the world and really became absorbed in mixing the old world style of traditional music with the new sounds that modern drum makers were changing the Bodhran designs on. Still paying attention to the rolling melody style of play and the traditional “Kerry” style, Randy has really adapted of a Hybrid style which combines the “Kerry” and “Top End”. Having performed with many artists on stage, Celtic sessions and jams, joining MacFarlane’s Rant has been a highlight and looks forward to a long history with this group.