This concert of traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping features Andrea Beaton, joined by piper Dick Hensold and guitarist Dirk Freymuth. The concert will focus on the musical and cultural interplay between the fiddle and pipes, two instruments that have had a long, close, and mutually influential relationship in Cape Breton.
Andrea Beaton, “a powerful Cape Breton fiddler, composer and stepdancer”, is one of the most accomplished and well-known fiddlers from the newest crop of Cape Breton musicians. Andrea's lively music is characterized by her powerful bow, the drive and swing of her timing and the crispness of her attack. Listening to Andrea's music is overwhelmingly uplifting, and she delights audiences wherever she plays. She learned her tradition from her family. Her father, Kinnon, is one of today's most influential Cape Breton fiddlers; her mother, Betty Beaton, is one of the great piano accompanists of her generation. Her uncle, Buddy MacMaster, is the most revered fiddler on Cape Breton Island, and her cousin, Natalie MacMaster, is an enormously popular entertainer on the fiddle. Her music is at once her own and deeply rooted in the tradition associated with the Mabou Coal Mines in Cape Breton. She has released 5 solo CDs, one of which won the 2010 East Coast Music Association “instrumental recording of the year” award.