Margie Beaton first took an interest in the traditional culture of the area through dance, enrolling in lessons at the age of four. Always hearing the music and seeing family and friends take part made it seem a natural fit, Margie coming from a long line of musicians, singers, and dancers. Fiddle and piano would come in later years, each fostering new appreciation and skill in the other. Partnered most often with her sister Dawn, the two redheads from Mabou have been dancing, playing, learning, and teaching ever since, and have been fortunate to perform and instruct both locally and internationally. Now, combining schooling and love for the culture, Margie works in marketing and design at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / the Gaelic College. She will be dancing and playing piano during the Festival this year, as well as reprising her role of co-hosting the nightly pre-show with her sister Dawn.