Ellen MacPhee says she feels most like herself when she’s sitting in with a group of musicians and able to play. “There’s so much communication that happens inside the music that’s non-verbal. It makes for really great friendships and relationships.” MacPhee grew up competing both in Highland bagpiping as well as in step dancing. At one point she practiced the latter for no less than two hours a day. But now the music is more about inspiring people to dance.