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Welcome, Andrea Beaton

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ January 18th, 2018

Andrea Beaton

Sunday Jan 28, 2018   1:00 – 5:00 pm

Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. Both the Beaton and MacMaster sides of her family are well known and respected as some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians, dancers and composers. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. She tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops.

She has released 6 solo albums, one duo album with her father, Kinnon Beaton, and 3 books of her original tunes. She also recorded an album with her family “The Beaton family of Mabou” in 2007 for the Smithsonian Institute. Most of her solo albums were nominated for awards, and her 2010 CD, ‘Branches,’ won the Canadian East Coast Music Award “Instrumental Recording of the Year!”

Andrea travels the globe, sharing her culture as well as exploring and writing contemporary tunes. Her music, dance and comical stories are sure to delight any audience. Check out Andrea’s website at https://andreabeaton.com/index.htm.

 

The Workshop & Tunes

We’ll learn as many as 4 tunes, and talk about the different kinds of grace notes used in Cape Breton fiddle style. We’ll also talk about the bowing style and a couple of the “general rules” of Cape Breton fiddling.

Highland Whiskey is a Cape Breton setting of an old strathspey, which I believe was composed by one of the Gows.  The tune Old King’s is a traditional favorite, commonly played in what is now known as the “Kings Set” in Cape Breton. It is often the first reel played after King George IV, and one of my all-time favorite traditional tunes.  Buntata’s Sgadan is a great little pipe reel by the Scottish composer Allan MacDonald. These first three tunes work well together as a medley.

Jackson’s is a nice old jig that used to be played a lot in Cape Breton, and lately seems to be making a bit of a comeback.

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