Friday May 9th 8:00pm: Andrea Beaton and Kimberley Fraser - Cape Breton Celtic Fiddler
$12 advance
$16 day of show

One of Cape Breton's most promising young fiddlers, Andrea comes by her music honestly. Listen to the power of her bow, the drive and swing of her timing, the crispness of her attack. She's making a name for herself in dance halls, concerts, ceilidhs, and festivals. Like the compelling tradition she represents, her reputation is spreading beyond the island.

The youngest of generations of Beaton musicians, she seems destined for great things. Her father, Kinnon, is one of today's most influential Cape Breton fiddlers and her mother, Betty Beaton, is one of the great piano accompanists of her generation. Both of her paternal grandparents were accomplished and popular pianists of their day. Her uncle, Buddy MacMaster, is also one of the most revered fiddlers on Cape Breton. And so it goes, back across the generations.

Cape Breton is an extraordinarily musical place and Andrea is taking her place with music that is at once her own and deeply rooted in the tradition of the Mabou Coal Mines. Her first CD, "License to Drive 'Er," led to a nomination as Roots Traditional Solo Artist of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. Her spring 2004 release, "Cuts," features many of the island's finest musicians on its 14 tracks. Her latest release, "The Tap Session," was recorded live at a pub during a tour of Scotland wiith Troy MacGillivray on piano, and a track featuring Fin Moore on smallpipes. There's something indefinable about music's power to make people move. It's nearly impossible to talk about it. But you know it when you hear it. And Andrea Beaton has it.

Opener: Michael O'Leary - Michael is a traditional singer of Irish, Scottish and English songs and ballads; a native Midwesterner who has soaked up the sea air of Cape Ann for the past 18 years. He has performed on many festival stages, radio programs and has sung with the groups The Beggar Boys, Corner House and Urban Myth. He is also a chanty singer on the Gloucester based schooner the Thomas E. Lannon.

Concerts at the Bull Run Concert Series start at 8pm unless otherwise noted.
Dinner available from 6pm.
(978) 425-4311 for reservations and general info.
Tickets available by phone or at all Strawberries locations.

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