Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of Beaton and MacMaster musicians, which explains why her music is her own and deeply rooted in the Cape Breton tradition. Like her father and grandfather, she is a composer, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire. She tours internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps. Her passion for Cape Breton fiddle, piano, step dancing, and comical stories are sure to delight any crowd.
Troy MacGillivray is from Lanark, a small community on the north-eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Troy’s commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments – most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From as young as six years old, Troy was impressing audiences step dancing and soon after, fiddle and piano skills. His roots-centered approach has the power to inspire audiences and comes from a family of proud Scottish heritage where fiddle playing and Gaelic traditions runs in the bloodline. Troy is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to culture in Canada.
Separately they have strong careers that has brought them around the world playing and teaching from the North Pole to the Middle East. Solo recordings by both artists have been acknowledged with East Coast music awards over several years. Andrea and Troy share a musical ancestry – they are distant cousins where many of their relatives are excellent and prolific musicians! Together these two accomplished solo artists offer a taste of Nova Scotia’s best traditional music. Andrea and Troy will captivate and enchant the audience with contemporary tunes fused with the music of their Highland ancestry.
For this concert, they will be joined by Vermont musicians Beth Telford and Will Wright. Beth Telford began playing classical violin at age 8, but fell in love with traditional music and began fiddling in her early 20s. She has played traditional fiddle music with various duos and trios in New England since 1983. Beth specializes in Celtic music, particularly the music of Cape Breton, and studied with the legendary Cape Breton fiddler, Jerry Holland. Beth has taught fiddle to scores of area students and has run a Cape Breton fiddle and dance camp for many years, often with Andrea and Troy on staff..
Will Wright, of North Pomfret, plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and tabla. He’s been performing and teaching music in central Vermont for over forty years. Founder of Rooster Records, Will has produced over thirty albums of New England traditional music.
Telford and Wright have played together on and off for over thirty years. Every time they get together it’s a wonderful surprise and a true merging of energy and spirit.