The Celtic Junction

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Andrea Beaton in Concert, with Dick Hensold and Dirk Freymuth, May 5

Music at 7:30pm, Advance tickets $12, $15 at the Door.

This concert of traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping features Andrea Beaton, joined by piper Dick Hensold and guitarist Dirk Freymuth. The concert will focus on the musical and cultural interplay between the fiddle and pipes, two instruments that have had a long, close, and mutually influential relationship in Cape Breton. 

Andrea Beaton, “a powerful Cape Breton fiddler, composer and stepdancer”, is one of the most accomplished and well-known fiddlers from the newest crop of Cape Breton musicians. Andrea's lively music is characterized by her powerful bow, the drive and swing of her timing and the crispness of her attack. Listening to Andrea's music is overwhelmingly uplifting, and she delights audiences wherever she plays. She 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. 

Appearing with Andrea will be Dick Hensold, playing various bagpipes and whistles. A 2006 Bush Artist Fellow (in traditional music), he is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, and for the past 20 years has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He has studied Cape Breton music with teachers in Halifax since 2005. His solo Northumbrian smallpipes CD Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes was released in 2007.

Joining Andrea and Dick will be guitarist Dirk Freymuth, a remarkably sensitive and versatile accompanist who has toured across Europe with the band circa 1500, and toured the US as accompanist to Peter Ostroushko.

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 Scots 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.

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.