Scions of an ancient Celtic line, Dawn and Margie Beaton’s first foray into the musical life began with step dancing lessons at the age of four – learned at their Grandmother’s knee. By age five they were integrating Celtic fiddle into their repertoire. Award winning performers, over the intervening years they have appeared at concerts, ceilidhs, and festivals, both internationally and at home in Cape Breton. With the regular addition of step dance during a performance and a contemporary approach towards traditional Gaelic music, the Beaton sisters put their distinctive brand on the music they play, whether it be a heart wrenching lament or an exhilarating reel.
Traditional music has been a huge component of the girls’ lives from day one. Coming from a musical heritage of fiddlers, dancers, and singers, it was a natural progression to learn both stepdancing and the violin at an early age (4 and 6 to be exact). As the Beaton Sisters, it’s a little bit of “Blasad Ghaidhlig” (Taste of Gaelic) with their roots firmly planted in Mabou, Cape Breton. As the Beaton Sisters’ Band, it’s an expansion on that important culture into lively tunes and arrangements!
Within the last few years, The Beaton Sisters Duo and Band have traveled to China, Brazil, Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Central Canada and the United States to perform, leading off 2011 with a performance and showcase spotlight at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland! Dawn and Margie were also pleased to receive a Music Nova Scotia nomination and an East Coast Music Award win for Roots/Traditional Group/Duo of the year for their first recording, Taste of Gaelic!
The CD and their energetic CD release party have led to other opportunities, namely numerous ECMA showcases and one of the largest Celtic Festivals in the world! The Beaton Sisters Band attended Fesitval-Interceltique in Lorient, France, headlining numerous shows as part of the official events of the Festival.
The Beaton Sisters Band consists of sisters Dawn (fiddle, banjo, mandolin and dance) and Margie (fiddle, piano and dance). Piano extraordinaire, Jason Roach from Cheticamp, Cape Breton is a lively rhythm based soloist and accompanist with a powerful beat to keep the tunes cooking! Kenneth MacKenzie, from Mabou, Cape Breton is a piper and fiddler. His roots are strongly Gaelic and his piping styling is up-tempo, made perfect for any stepdancer! Together, these artists will have your toes tapping and your legs dancing!