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Monadnock Folklore society welcomes Canadian fiddlers


Saturday, November 10, 2018 1:6PM

The Monadnock Folklore Society welcomes back two of the finest fiddlers from the East Coast of Canada for a concert on Saturday.

Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of Beaton and MacMaster musicians, which explains why her music is her own and deeply rooted in the Cape Breton tradition. Like her father and grandfather, she is a composer, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire. She tours internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps. Her passion for Cape Breton fiddle, piano, step dancing, and comical stories are sure to delight.

Troy MacGillivray is from Lanark, a small community on the northeastern shore of Nova Scotia. His commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments – most recently an M.A. degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From the age of six, MacGillivray was impressing audiences with his step dancing and soon after, fiddle and piano skills. His roots-centered approach has the power to inspire audiences and comes from a family of proud Scottish heritage where fiddle playing and Gaelic traditions runs in the bloodline.

Solo recordings by both artists have been acknowledged with East Coast music awards over several years. And the two performers share a musical ancestry – they are distant cousins, with many excellent and prolific musicians among their relatives.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $18 ($15 for seniors, students, or in advance).