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Fiddlers Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray In Concert

Date: April 11, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Old South Congregational Church, 235 Main St., Farmington

Rich Fiddling Tradition Comes South

Old South Church Concert Series continues to bring some of the finest east coast Canadian musicians, where tradition and roots run deep, to the stage in Farmington. Two such musicians, Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray, come together for an evening on Thursday, April 11th.

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 any crowd. In 2007, Andrea and her family were featured by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series on an album called “The Beaton Family of Mabou.”

Troy MacGillivray is from Lanark, a small community on the north-eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Troy’s commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments – most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From as young as six years old, Troy was impressing audiences with 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. His first paid gig was at 9 years old and was teaching by the age of 13 at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Cape Breton. Troy is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to culture in Canada.
Separately they have strong careers that have brought them around the world playing and teaching from the North Pole to the Middle East. Solo recordings by both artists have been acknowledged with East Coast Music awards and nominations, as well as Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Together, they share a musical ancestry – they are distant cousins where many of their relatives are excellent and prolific musicians! These two accomplished solo artists offer a taste of Nova Scotia's best traditional music. Andrea and Troy will captivate and enchant the audience with contemporary tunes fused with the music of their Highland ancestry.

More information about the musicians can be found at www.andreabeaton.com or www.troymacgillivray.com.

Old South First Congregational Church is located at 235 Main Street in Farmington and is handicapped accessible. Doors will open at 6 pm. Jam session will kick off at 6:15 pm with concert to follow at 7 pm. Adult admission $15, Students $10/$5 . College students ID required. Refreshments available by donation. Ticket reservations are encouraged by calling 207-491-5919. E-mail news letter subscription address is oldsouthchurchconcerts@gmail.com. Follow updates on Facebook.