Andrea Beaton is the youngest of generations of Beaton and MacMaster musicians. Like her father (Kinnon) and grandfather (Donald Angus), she is a lively violinist and composer, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire. Andrea has released six albums including 2010 East Coast Music Award winning “Branches” and her latest, “Little Black Book”, released earlier this year. In 2007 she released an album with her father, Kinnon Beaton and in 2006 she recorded “The Tap Session” in Scotland with Troy MacGillivray, Fin Moore, and Luke Plumb. Her previous two releases, “Cuts” (2004) and “License to Drive’er” (2002), were both nominated for East Coast Music Awards.
Allison Mombourquette began step dancing at the age of 5 and fiddle lessons at age 8. She joined the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association in 2001, which has given her the opportunity to perform across Canada and in the United Kingdom. She has been a part of Feis Mhabu since the winter of 2006, which gives young Celtic musicians the opportunity to learn from some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians. Allison has also studied fiddle, piano, and step-dancing at the Gaelic College and played alongside such performers as Natalie MacMaster, Glenn Graham, Andrea Beaton, Ashley MacIsaac, Jerry Holland, J.P. Cormier, and Dave MacIsaac.
April Verch is from the Ottawa Valley, an area with a rich, distinctive musical and stepdancing tradition shaped by the diverse roots of the immigrants drawn to the region’s lumber camps. With her band, she plays traditional and original songs that draw from all over the world, but are clearly filtered through her immersion in the style she grew up with in the Ottawa Valley. The April Verch Trio consists of world-class musicians Hayes Griffin on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo. Together, these three passionate musicians tour tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe and Australia.
Founded by a group of friends in 1969 and named after the “Battlefield” area of Glasgow, The Battlefield Band have now been touring and performing throughout the world for over forty years, playing to audiences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and Canada, as well as more than 60 cities annually in the United States. Over the years new members have brought with them new ideas, music, instruments, attitudes and influences, leading to continued creativity, freshness and enthusiasm. The new line-up sees young multi-instrumentalist Ewen Henderson, join Mike Katz, Alasdair White, and Sean O’Donnell.
Boyd MacNeil, the youngest of the “Barra” MacNeils, grew up in a musical environment in Sydney Mines. After spending a number of years recording and touring with Slainte Mhath, Boyd and his brother Ryan joined their siblings in The Barra MacNeils. Multi-instrumentalist Boyd plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, percussion, and step dances.
Cape Breton style fiddle instruction for the intermediate / advanced player. Today’s instructors: Kyle MacNeil and Kimberley Fraser.
Dwayne Côté instructs beginner to intermediate players on Cape Breton fiddle tunes and techniques.
Cape Breton style fiddle instruction for the intermediate / advanced player. Today’s instructors: Jeff Gosse and Glenn Graham.