Dawn Beaton hails from Mabou, Cape Breton and has been playing fiddle and step dancing for over 30 years. Music has been at the forefront of her life, surrounded by it through an infusion from her parents, her relatives, and living in the vibrant community of Mabou. Along with her musical sister, Margie, in 2008 they decided to release their debut album, Taste of Gaelic. It led to opportunities right from the CD release to attend one of the largest Celtic festivals in the world, the Lorient Interceltique Festival in Lorient, France. From there the girls have traveled and taught in Scotland, England, Brazil, China, Ireland and the United States, not to mention a Nova Scotia Music week nomination and an ECMA win for Roots/Traditional Duo or Group Recording of the Year – 2010. Dawn has worked at the Celtic Colours International Festival since 2009 as Artistic Director and fully programs all 52 shows in the festival. Additionally, Dawn serves on various volunteer boards and makes it a point to volunteer her musical skills to many worthwhile local charities.