Karen & Joey Beaton

Cape Breton

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Joey Beaton's musical career began on the piano at age thirteen and he has become one of the most respected piano accompanists of Scottish music in Cape Breton. Joey has performed in Canada, the United States and in the Scottish homeland on numerous occasions. He is an acknowledged authority on Scottish and Cape Breton music and has presented lectures and workshops throughout Canada and the U.S. From 1971-1979, Joey was a principle organizer of the Glendale Fiddlers' Festivals and he hosted CIGO radio's popular Highland Fling program from 1975-1977. As a composer, Joey has produced two books of his own music, Mabou Music (1980) and Tunes & Ties (1997).

Cape Breton fiddler Karen Beaton has been playing the fiddle for over twenty years. She has taught violin lessons and led workshops in a variety of venues including University College of Cape Breton, Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music and fiddle camps in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She has also made guest appearances at Medicine Hat College Theatre, at Grosse Point Hunt Club in Michigan and at the Canadian-American Club in Boston, Massachusetts. Her commercial recordings include cds How Sweet the Sound (2003), and Route 19 (2000) and the video From Mabou to Medicine Hat - Karen & Joey Beaton in Concert (2001).

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