Allister MacGillivray was born in Glace Bay. He became a noted songwriter, now best known for his music composition Song of the Mira — “I’ll trade you ten of your cities for Marion Bridge / And the pleasure it brings” — written in the early 1970s. Also well known as a guitarist (formerly with Ryan’s Fancy), a folklorist, author and record producer. His work, considered largely Celtic in style with a Maritime flavour, has been played by countless groups and many individual artists. He published The Nova Scotia Song Collection in 1989 and in 1991, and Diamonds in the Rough: 25 Years with The men of the Deeps. In 2013 he was inducted into the Order of Canada.