Betty Lou Beaton

Cape Breton

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Betty Lou Beaton is Buddy MacMaster's youngest sister and it’s clear that his association with fine piano players started at home. The upright piano arrived in the MacMaster home in the early thirties, shipped to the tiny village of Judique by train, arriving on the Judique Flyer complete with a cardboard chart showing the black and white keys and the names of the notes. Betty Lou began playing the piano at the age of five. Although she has a couple of years of piano training, all her Cape Breton piano playing is done by ear. At fourteen years of age, she started playing dances with her brother Buddy and has been accompanying fiddlers for dancers ever since. She is most often paired with her husband, fiddler Kinnon Beaton, and the duo is in high demand to play for dances.

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