Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music

Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music

by The Beaton Family


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Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2004
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074050729
catalogNumber: 40507
Rank: 208290

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beaton Family   Primary Artist
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
Glenn Graham   Fiddle,Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

J. Scott Skinner   Composer
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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