Pair of fiddlers bring spirited tunes to WOU

Statesman Journal
By Carlee Wright
January 23rd, 2014


Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 10.58.06 AMThere is an energy that resonates in the distinct sound of the fiddle; and tomorrow, you can experience an evening of spirited performances with notable musicians Andrea Beaton and Kevin Burke during Fiddler’s Night at Western Oregon University’s Rice Auditorium.

Beaton, a fiddler, composer and step dancer from Cape Breton, Canada, is an award-winning musician from a musical family. In addition to releasing a book of her original tunes, she has released five solo albums, an album with her father and fellow fiddler Kinnon Beaton. Cape Breton fiddle is recognized for its Scottish influence, and Andrea Beaton’s fiddling taps into the Scottish Celtic sounds, combined with her own compositions to create traditionally influenced contemporary tunes. Andrea Beaton tours and teaches internationally.

Burke took up the fiddle at the age of 8. Born in London to parents from County Sligo, Ireland, he is considered a top amongst Irish fiddlers and recognized for his unique, ornamental Sligo style. He has played with a number of other notable musicians including Christy Moore, Andy Irvine and Jackie Daly. In 2002, he won the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship. Burke settled in Portland in 1979.

Portland singer, songwriter and composer Cal Scott will accompany Burke. The musical director of The Trail Band, Scott also won first place in the singer/songwriter category of the Great American Song Contest in the Singer/Songwriter category. A composer of music for film and TV, Scott has scored more than 50 documentaries.



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