CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will host Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton with an afternoon fiddle workshop and evening concert Thursday June 5, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.

The workshop will run from 3:30 until 5 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m. A pre-show jam will start at 6:30.

One of Cape Breton’s most promising young fiddlers, Beaton is making a name for herself in dance halls, concerts, ceilidhs and at festivals.

Her father, Kinnon, is one of today’s most influential Cape Breton fiddlers. Her mother, Betty Lou Beaton, is a refuted piano accompanist. Her paternal grandfather, Donald Angus Beaton, was one of the most popular players of his time. Her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Beaton, is a strongly rhythmic piano player.

Her uncle, Buddy MacMaster, is the most revered fiddler on Cape Breton island. Her cousin, Natalie MacMaster, is an enormously popular entertainer.

Beaton is at once her own and deeply rooted in the tradition associated with the Mabou Coal Mines. And, like her father and grandfather, she is a composer in the tradition.

Born in 1979, she was playing a little at age 10. At 13, she took lessons from Stephanie Wills, a fine traditional player. But it was some years later, when missing home while taking a two-year course on Prince Edward Island, that she began playing in earnest.

Her first CD, “License to Drive ‘Er,” led to a nomination as Roots Traditional Solo Artist of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. Her spring 2004 release, “Cuts,” features many of the island’s finest musicians on its 14 tracks as well as her love for the music and her humor. “Cuts” was nominated for the 2005 Instrumental Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards.

Beaton recorded her latest release, “The Tap Session,” live at a pub during a tour of Scotland. With Troy MacGillivray on piano and a track featuring Fin Moore on small-pipes, the album has high energy and a natural feel. She also appears on two of Kinnon’s recordings, “Saturday Night Lively” and “Eoghan Dubh,” which she produced.

In 2004, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings released “Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music: The Beaton Family of Mabou.”

Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2. Tickets are $10 at the door. For tickets, call New England Celtic Arts at 562-4445. More information is available at

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