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Karen Beaton

Cape Breton

Karen first studied violin with John MacDougall, a Cape Breton composer and fiddle instructor. She also studied and performed with Winnie Chafe, renowned Cape Breton violinist, and completed a year of classical training with Peter Dunn of Halifax.

For the past sixteen years, Karen sponsored and performed at the Tuesday Ceilidhs in Mabou with Joey Beaton, a mentor and expert in Cape Breton traditional music. She also played weekly at Baddeck's Telegraph House Inn and Dining Room.

Karen has instructed many students over the last 20 years and is considered a competent and effective teacher of the Cape Breton traditional fiddle style.

Karen has three CDs and a video to her credit including "Route 19" saluting fiddlers and composers along Cape Breton's Route 19; "How Sweet the Sound" with fourteen favourite selections including several slow airs and Amazing Grace from which the album title was derived; and "Once Upon a Time" which includes a ten-page booklet telling the stories behind many of the compostions. The video "From Mabou to Medicine Hat" is a live presentation of music taped at a concert in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Karen is accompanied on each recording by Joey Beaton.

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