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Andrea Beaton fiddles at the Palladium
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“Little Black Book,” is Andrea Beaton’s 2012 release of her original music. She will perform at the Palladium March 16.
ST. PETERSBURG – One of Cape Breton's most promising young fiddlers returns to the Tampa Bay area in support of her 2012 release “Little Black Book.” Andrea Beaton will perform Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N.

From a long line of acclaimed musicians, the Cape Breton native brings the best of Nova Scotia fiddling to St. Petersburg. Beaton took top honors at the 2010 East Coast Music Awards for Instrumental Recording of the Year for her CD “Branches.”

She returns to The Palladium – and she is bringing some friends. Audiences will enjoy expertly played Celtic music, along with stories and a few surprises.

According to her website biography, Beaton comes by her music honestly: it’s in her genes.

She's one of the youngest members of an elite club: There have been generations of talented Cape Breton musicians – and more than a few came from her family. Her father, Kinnon, remains one of this era’s most influential Cape Breton fiddlers. Her mother, Betty, is one of the great piano accompanists of her generation, contributing to that remarkable Beaton timing.

Her paternal grandfather, Donald Angus Beaton, was one of the strongest and most popular players of his generation. Her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Beaton, is a strongly rhythmic piano player, with a great love of the music.

The family affair doesn’t end there.

Her uncle, Buddy MacMaster, is the most revered fiddler on Cape Breton Island. Her cousin, Natalie MacMaster, is an enormously popular entertainer who has toured with everyone from the Chieftains and Alison Krauss to Faith Hill and Carlos Santana.

Born in 1979, Beaton grew up surrounded by music and dance. By the age of 10, she had already started playing the fiddle; at 13, she started lessons with Stephanie Wills, a fine traditional player.

Beaton released her debut CD, "License to Drive 'Er," in 2002. The recording led to a nomination as Roots Traditional Solo Artist of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. She followed up with “Cuts” in 2004, a CD boasting performances from many of Cape Breton’s finest musicians.

“Cuts" earned a nomination for the 2005 Instrumental Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. Since then, she has released 2006’s “The Tap Session,” recorded live at a pub during a tour of Scotland; “Kinnon and Andrea Beaton,” a joint effort with her father in 2007; and “Branches” in 2009.

Her most recent release, “Little Black Book,” is a 10-cut CD filled with her original tunes. Other musicians featured include Matt Haverly on cello and Louis-Charles Vigneau on guitar.

In addition to positive critical and fan response, one of the songs on “Little Black Book” has earned Beaton international recognition.

Her original composition “Jolene & Wayne’s” recently received a semi-finalist nomination in the 2012 International Songwriting Competition. Considering the fact that the ISC attracted more than 20,000 entries from 19 countries, Beaton’s selection is an incredible accomplishment. Winners announced in April.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 822-3590, email or visit
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