CARTHAGE — Andrea Beaton, one of Cape Breton’s most established young fiddlers, will perform with multi-instrumentalist Jake Charron on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.

Beaton has made a name for herself in dance halls, concerts, ceilidhs and festivals throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

Her music is at once her own and deeply rooted in the tradition associated with the Mabou Coal Mines. 

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 an acclaimed piano accompanist. Her paternal grandfather, Donald Angus Beaton, was one of the most popular players of his generation; and her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Beaton, is a strongly rhythmic piano player.

Her uncle, Buddy MacMaster, is the most revered fiddler on Cape Breton island; and her cousin, Natalie MacMaster, is a renowned fiddler.

Charron is building a reputation as one of Canada’s finest accompanists for fiddle music. He has become a sought-after musician for traditional styles, playing piano and guitar with artists across the country.

He is a part of Stephanie Cadman’s “Celtic Blaze” production and will join The Step Crew for a tour of China in December. He is the house pianist at several fiddle competitions, including the Canadian Open Fiddle Championships. He recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honors degree in kinesiology.

The concert, hosted by New England Celtic Arts, will begin at 7 p.m., following a preshow jam session when audience members can bring their instruments and play briefly with the performers. There will also be on fiddle and guitar instruction from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and Route 2. For tickets, $15 at the door, call 562-4445. For information on the afternoon workshop, call that number or email [email protected]


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