Muise family

Biography/History

<p dir="ltr">Johnny Muise (1923-2005) was born in Boston and was raised in the Inverness area of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. One of five sisters, Mary "Gacie" Edmonds Muise (1926-2014) was born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, to Mary Margaret Cameron and Robert Edmonds.</p>\n<p dir="ltr">Mary Edmonds and Johnny Muise married in 1951 and settled on Neponset Avenue in the Dorchester area of Boston. By the mid-1950s, they were hosting impromptu music sessions. In 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Muise moved from Dorchester to Roslindale. From the mid-1950s through the mid-1990s, they hosted many informal house sessions of Cape Breton and Irish traditional music. Mary was an accomplished pianist, and Johnny made an effort to record the music, first on open reel audio tapes and in later years on audiocassettes.</p>\nThe eldest of Mr. and Mrs. Muise’s four daughters, Janine Randall was born in 1953.  Randall learned piano and step dancing from her mother.  In 1996 Ms. Randall co-founded the Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music in Inverness, Cape Breton.