Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The music of Cape Breton in Canada has enjoyed wide visibility and respect in recent years, and justifiably so. Although the Beaton Family of Mabou, a small community on the island, had released an album before in 1978, covering two generations of players, this ranges wider in the extended family, but offers the same drive to the music. Like most music from the island, it's heavily Scots-inflected, even when the tunes are originals, and played with a particular drive just listen to Andrea Beaton's fiddling on "Bandelena March," with feet pushing down on the beat to emphasize it. This is music for dancing, even on the occasional slower number, and the stepdancing of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The music of Cape Breton in Canada has enjoyed wide visibility and respect in recent years, and justifiably so. Although the Beaton Family of Mabou, a small community on the island, had released an album before in 1978, covering two generations of players, this ranges wider in the extended family, but offers the same drive to the music. Like most music from the island, it's heavily Scots-inflected, even when the tunes are originals, and played with a particular drive just listen to Andrea Beaton's fiddling on "Bandelena March," with feet pushing down on the beat to emphasize it. This is music for dancing, even on the occasional slower number, and the stepdancing of Allison Beaton fills out pieces like "The Brig O'Balater Strathspey" and adds a lovely rhythmic complexity to the music. This might be family playing, but it's a rare and very accomplished family, from matriarch Elizabeth Beaton who appears on a few cuts, having lost none of her power, although in her eighties to the younger generation. Most interesting is the "breather" cut featuring just Betty Lou Beaton's piano, showing wonderful tone and sympathy on Nathaniel Gow's "Coilsfield House." Satisfying on every level, this is an absolute gem of a disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074050729
  • Catalog Number: 40507
  • Sales rank: 254,392

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beaton Family Primary Artist
Glenn Graham Fiddle, Guitar, Group Member
Kinnon Beaton Fiddle, Group Member
Rodney MacDonald Fiddle, Group Member
Betty Lou Beaton Piano, Group Member
Donald Angus Beaton Fiddle, Group Member
Elizabeth Beaton Piano, Group Member
Technical Credits
J. Scott Skinner Composer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
John Morris Rankin Composer
Brenda Stubbert Composer
Pete Reiniger Engineer
Hamish Composer
Dan R. MacDonald Composer
Otis Tomas Composer
Kinnon Beaton Composer
Burt Feintuch Producer, Liner Notes
Jamie Foulds Engineer
Rodney MacDonald Composer, Step Dancing
Donald Angus Beaton Composer
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