Dawn & Margie Beaton
Dawn and Margie Beaton, from Mabou, were dancing at age four and started playing the fiddle a year later. Over the years they have performed at concerts, ceilidhs and festivals all around Cape Breton Island, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Scotland, Ireland, France, USA, England, Brazil and China. They have been featured internationally on television, radio and video and have performed in numerous Celtic Colours shows over the years. In 2008, Dawn and Margie were chosen as recipients of the Frank Sampson Award, given by the Celtic Colours Volunteer Drive'er Association to up-and-coming Celtic performers to help them record their first CD. Taste of Gaelic, a unique and traditional album that combines both traditional tunes and tunes composed by Dawn and Margie themselves, went on to win the 2010 East Coast Music Award in the category of Roots/Traditional Album of the Year for Group/Duo. Both Margie and Dawn are now part of an eight-piece dance troupe called Fileanta and perform regularly with that ensemble. If not playing or dancing, they are active within the cultural industries just the same. Dawn is the Artistic Director of Celtic Colours while Margie is the Marketing Director for Colaisde Na Gaidhlig in St. Ann's, Cape Breton. They continue to perform, teach and contribute to the island's culture.