Ward MacDonald with Andrea Beaton, Celtic Fiddles Show

Calais Celtic Concerts will present a night of Celtic Fiddles, Song, Stories and Piano. Featuring the fiddles of Andrea Beaton of Cape Breton and Ward MacDonald of P.E.I., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in Calais Maine, on Sunday night April 21st, at 6:00 PM American, 7:00 PM Canadian time.

Ward and Andrea will be on tour through Maine and N.H., from April 21 through the 28th . They will be conducting two full days of workshops for adults and students from all over Maine at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday the 27th & 28th. Classes in fiddle, Scottish pipes, piano, flute, and whistles are offered. More info can be found at the web site: http://peifiddlecamp.com.

Ward MacDonald grew up in the Scottish fiddling traditions of Prince Edward Island. His playing reflects four generations of family fiddling and is spiced with a unique blend of Cape Breton, Acadian, and Irish influences. 

Ward has been featured at concerts, festivals and square dances across Atlantic Canada and has traveled with his music as far as Cuba and the Bahamas. He has also taught and performed at fiddle camps in New Brunswick, Vermont, Maine, Colorado and the Yukon.

Over the last decade, Ward has worked to promote the traditional music scene on P.E.I. and developed new performing and learning opportunities. Along the way he created PEI’s Festival of Small Halls, initiated workshops at Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival and founded the PEI Fiddle Camp.

As a teacher, Ward continuously grows his own understanding of the music while striving to expand his bag of tricks for explaining it in simple terms. His method includes guided ear training aided by singing tunes, dancing demonstrations, marching and sheet music.

Andrea Beaton is one of Cape Breton’s most promising young fiddlers and she comes by her music honestly. Listen to her play, the power of the 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 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. Her mother Betty Beaton, is one of the great piano accompanists of her generation, contributing to that remarkable Beaton timing. Her uncle Buddy MacMaster, is the most revered fiddler on Cape Breton Island, and her cousin Natalie MacMaster is an enormously popular entertainer, who has toured with everyone from the Chieftains and Alison Krauss, to Faith Hill to Carlos Santana. 

Her original composition, “Jolene and Waynes”, recently received a semi-finalist nomination in the 2012 International Songwriting Competition. Considering the fact that the ISC, attracted more than 20,000 entries from 19 countries, Beaton’s selection is an incredible accomplishment. Her latest CD, released last year, “Little Black Book”, has earned Beaton International recognition.

The Knights of Columbus Hall, is located at 2 Park St., Calais, Me., on the corner of Church and Park streets in downtown Calais. Ticket price is $15.00 for adults and 15 and under $5.00. Pre-show tickets can be purchased at the Boston Shoe Store downtown Calais. For reservations or more information please call 207-214-2067.

Link for Andrea Beaton: http://www.andreabeaton.com 

Link for Ward MacDonald fiddle camp: http://peifiddlecamp.com