☼ ☼ ☼ Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray|Nelson Town Hall

pic-bio-1pressphoto-AndreaBeaton2012Troy MacGillivray returns to the Nelson Town Hall with acclaimed Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton on Thursday, September 3 for a 7:30 PM show. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).


Troy MacGillivray was raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia; his musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.

Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray  displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home!

One of Cape Breton’s most promising young fiddlers, Andrea Beaton comes by her music honestly. Listen to her play, 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 growing, spreading beyond the island. Andrea Beaton seems destined for great things.

She’s the youngest of generations of Beaton musicians. Her father, Kinnon, is one of today’s most influential Cape Breton fiddlers, and you can hear some of his timing in Andrea’s playing. Her mother, Betty Beaton, is one of the great piano accompanists of her generation, contributing to that remarkable Beaton timing.

Her paternal grandfather, Donald Angus Beaton, was one of the strongest and most popular players of his generation, and you can hear some of his power in her playing. Her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Beaton, is a strongly rhythmic piano player, with a great love of the music.

Her uncle, Buddy MacMaster, is the most revered fiddler on Cape Breton island. Her cousin, Natalie MacMaster, is an enormously popular entertainer. And so it goes, back and across the generations. Cape Breton is an extraordinarily musical place, and Andrea is increasingly in the forefront of her generation. Her music is at once her own and deeply rooted in the tradition associated with the Mabou Coal Mines. And, like her father and grandfather, she is a composer in the tradition, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire.

Born in 1979, Andrea grew up surrounded by music and dance. She was playing a little at ten; at thirteen she took lessons from Stephanie Wills, a very fine traditional player. But it was some years later, when, missing home while doing a two-year course on Prince Edward Island, that she began playing in earnest. And it seems she never looked back.

Please join us for an exhilarating evening of traditional music presented by some of the best young talent around!

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance: MACFEST

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents a special Contra Dance on August 1st in honor of musician Bob McQuillen who passed away in 2014. This double contra dance and dinner will raise money for a scholarship in honor of McQuillen.

The dance begins at 3:30 PM with the Quilltones, featuring students of Bob McQuillen and caller Don Primrose. The QuillTones includes Randy Miller, Gordon Peery, Tad Dreis, and Bob’s students Samuel Foucher and Matt Garland. There will be a dinner break from 6:30 – 7:30 PM with food provided as a fundraiser.

During the dinner break, Sarah Bauhan will host a jam session while dancers can help the fundraising by purchasing from a variety of home-cooked food. All musicians are welcome to join in the jam.

The evening dance from 8 – 11 PM features Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band.

When Bob (Mr. Mac) was a teacher in Peterborough, he loved to help out kids who needed a friendly but firm push to aim them in the right direction. This scholarship will continue in that spirit, helping as many of those students as possible by paying their fees for college applications and other training programs. You can donate to this fund here: http://www.monadnockfolk.org/?page_id=2687

Admission is $15 for both dances, or $10 the evening dance. Special price of $5 for ConVal students — bring your student ID.

The dance takes place at the South Meadow School, 108 Hancock Road in Peterborough, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.