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 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 “Big Sampie” Sampson Award, given by the Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association to up-and-coming 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. When not playing or dancing, the sisters are active within the cultural industries—Dawn is the Artistic Director of Celtic Colours while Margie is the Marketing Director for Colaisde Na Gàidhlig in St. Ann’s, Cape Breton.

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