Every now and then you come across a fiddle CD that has everything you want to listen to. You enjoy every second of each track, taking it all in one note at a time. With all of that being said, it also makes it hard to write a review (try and figure that one out). Dawn and Margie Beaton of Mabou, Cape Breton Island made that CD with their debut album, ECMA 2010 Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year, Taste of Gaelic.
Dawn and Margie have put together a great selection of tunes, which definitely have a taste of Gaelic in each one. Each selection on the album shows their respect for the music and its tradition.
While artists across the region are getting ready to take a trip to Cape Breton for next weekend’s East Coast Music Awards, Festival and Conference in Sydney, Dawn and Margie Beaton are taking the long way to the annual event. The duo from Mabou, whose debut album Taste of Gaelic is nominated for an East Coast Music Award in the Roots Traditional Group of the Year category, will be making their way to Sydney via China, where they are performing as part of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.
Under the banner of Cape Breton Island, the Sydney Ports Authority has taken advantage of the significant international marketing opportunity that the Race offers and sponsored one of the nine yachts in the race this year. As the Cape Breton Clipper and its eight competitors make their way into port in China, Dawn and Margie Beaton will be flying into Qingdao to be a part of the festivities greeting them on March 2.
Dawn and Margie Beaton won in the roots/traditional group recording of the year category for their album, Taste of Gaelic!
“I really am shaking,” said Dawn. “It’s the biggest honour. This is what we’ve dreamed about and I can’t believe this is happening.”
“To us, we’re still those little girls who were watching (the ECMAs) and looking up to it like it was the Oscars,” added Margie. “It was this big show and to see people that we knew like Natalie (MacMaster) and The Rankins achieve success and go so far, it’s a wonder to us that we’re here and on that same stage.”