Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Cape Breton Fiddle workshop with Andrea Beaton, April 29

6-9pm in the North Conference Room, $40 Advance, $50 at the door space permitting.

Andrea Beaton will give a 3-hour workshop for intermediate/ advanced fiddlers (you have to be able to play tunes; basic technique will not be covered) and players of other instruments. These workshops will introduce the participants to playing Cape Breton music, and will cover what makes Cape Breton music unique.

Cost for the workshop is $40 advance, $50 at the door. Advance registration price is available by returning the registration form and payment to Dick Hensold by April 26. Download registration form.

Co-sponsored by Dick Hensold, the Twin Cities Chapter of the RSCDS, The Celtic Junction, and the MN State Arts Board.

Andrea Beaton, “a powerful Cape Breton fiddler, composer and stepdancer”, learned her tradition from her family. Her father, Kinnon, is one of today's most influential Cape Breton fiddlers; her mother, Betty Beaton, is one of the great piano accompanists of her generation. Her uncle, Buddy MacMaster, is the most revered fiddler on Cape Breton Island, and her cousin, Natalie MacMaster, is an enormously popular entertainer on the fiddle. Her music is at once her own and deeply rooted in the tradition associated with the Mabou Coal Mines in Cape Breton. She has released 5 solo CDs, one of which won the 2010 East Coast Music Association “instrumental recording of the year” award. www.andreabeaton.com 

Cape Breton Island, at the Eastern end of the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia, was settled about 200 years ago by some 50,000 Gaelic-speaking Scottish Highlanders. Because of the Highlanders’ isolation, Cape Breton is believed to authentically preserve many aspects of 18th-century Highland Gaelic culture, particularly its music and dance. Although the cultural achievement and legacy of Cape Breton music is internationally recognized, Cape Breton artists rarely appear in MN, and teach here even more rarely.

For more information, contact Dick Hensold: hensold@world.oberlin.edu…and please be patient!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.