Dawn & Margie Beaton

Cape Breton

Dawn and Margie Beaton were dancing at age 4 and started playing the fiddle a year later. Over the years they have performed at concerts, ceilidhs and festivals all around Cape Breton Island, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Scotland, Ireland, France, USA, England, Brazil and China. In 2010, they won the ECMA for their debut album in the category of Roots/Traditional Album of the Year for Group/Duo and were nominated for the same category at Music Nova Scotia Week. They have been featured internationally on television, radio and video. Dawn and Margie have performed in numerous Celtic Colours shows over the years. In 2000, they were featured in Kinship at the new Strathspey Place in Mabou. Margie performed with the Celtic Crew at the Next Generation concert in 2003 and 2004 while Dawn performed at the World Premiere of the MacKinnon's Brook Suite, playing with the Nova Scotia Symphony. Together they have been regular performers at the Close to the Floor concerts during the past number of years. In 2008, Dawn and Margie were chosen as recipients of the Frank Sampson Award, given by the Celtic Colours Volunteer Drive'er Association to up-and-coming Celtic performers to help them record their first CD. "Taste of Gaelic" is a unique and traditional album that combines both traditional tunes and tunes composed by Dawn and Margie themselves.
Look for them also performing with their band, The Beaton Sisters Band during the festival!

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