CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present Cape Breton fiddlers Wendy MacIsaac and Andrea Beaton at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, March 2. The two will also perform on Thursday, March 3, at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts.

MacIsaac, also a piano player, began her career at age 4 as a step dancer, and went on to take fiddle lessons at age 12. By 1990, she was well established as one of the top new young fiddler/pianists in Cape Breton and was in demand for dances and festivals. She has since entertained audiences across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Brazil.

A founding member of the band Beolach, MacIsaac has also performed with The Cape Breton Summertime Revue, Capercaillie, The Chieftains and Ashley MacIsaac; toured with The Rankin Sisters; and toured and recorded with Mary Jane Lamond for 14 years. She has released three albums, “The Reel Thing,” “That’s What You Get” and “Timeline,” and has taught step dancing at festivals worldwide.

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

She is the youngest of generations of Beaton musicians. 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 paternal grandfather, Donald Angus Beaton, was one of the strongest and most popular players of his generation, and her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Beaton, is a strongly rhythmic piano player.

Curtain is at 7 p.m. at Skye and at 7:30 p.m. in Unity, with a preshow jam session 45 minutes prior to each concert. Tickets are $15. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive; UCCPA is at 42 Depot St. in Unity. For tickets, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469.


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