(Portion of public post to Celtic Colours Forum courtesy of “Autumn Leaf”)
Yesterday, at the 17th I went to the Festival Club again. It was the last concert and lots of people from the hostel joined in. Of course the club was completely different to the night before, otherwise it would be not the Festival Club.
<<I was very impressed by the Beaton Sisters. I mean REALLY impressed. Fiddling and dancing at the same time! Wow! And the solo of the pianist was awesome and rocked the Festival Club!
The Cape Breton Post
The first thing that you will notice is the picture on the CD cover, a sea of green with a pair of striking redheads, fiddles in hand. The CD is Taste of Gaelic and the redheads in question are Dawn and Margie Beaton, sisters with musical roots that go deep into Mabou and its music.
Taste of Gaelic is a terrific CD that gives us a dozen cuts, some clearly traditional and some stretching the point a bit. It’s the little things that make this recording stand out including the wonderful tune selection and some different arrangements.
“One of the great things about being a public broadcaster in this region, is you can see performers when they first hit the stage when they are 9 or 10 years old and you can follow them through to becoming established artists and I would like to present to you a couple of women who have actually done that. I first saw them in the 1990s at Highland Village. I’m not even sure that in terms of their ages, they were into double digits yet. They might have been nine. A flash of red hair comes walking across the field and they got on stage and they were absolutely extraordinary and it’s wonderful that today, they are ECMA nominees. Let’s welcome back to the stage, Margie and Dawn Beaton from Mabou.”