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Beaton~Plasse at the 2019 Young Tradition Festival

29 April 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
BCA Center


This concert is part of the 2019 Young Tradition Festival, one of 5 early evening acoustic concerts (no sound system) at the BCA Center in Burlington (April 29, April 30, May 1, May 3 and May 3).  

Two accomplished and energetic fiddlers combine forces in this new duo, Beaton-Plasse. Andrea Beaton and Véronique Plasse fuse music from Québec and Cape Breton, adding original compositions to the mix. These strong female leads take turns exploring melody and accompaniment, mesmerizing audiences with their intensity and precision. Their love for their cultures, authenticity and the delight they get from playing music together shines through every time their bows cross the strings.

Andrea is known as a powerhouse, and comes from two of Cape Breton’s most prolific musical families. Both the Beatons and MacMasters have been intrinsic parts of the preservation and growth of the fiddle and dance culture of the island. Andrea continues this by sharing the old Scottish melodies and step dancing, as well as contributing her own compositions to Cape Breton’s repertoire. She is in high demand as a performer and teacher of her culture throughout North America and Europe.

Véronique is recognized as a gifted performer, arranger and teacher of the music she loves. Said to be a tour-de-force by those who know her, she plays and sings with soul and power that comes right from her inner core. She works to preserve and share the traditional music of Québec by leading jam sessions and a chorale of traditional singers who perform regularly. Her dynamism paired with her superb leadership skills have put her in high demand for performances and fiddle camps near and far.

Beaton – Plasse https://beaton-plasse.com

After each concert starting at 8pm and after the mentor-student showcase on Saturday there will a Festival Club at Half Lounge, across the street from BCA Center, featuring the 2019 Festival Host Band Pete’s Posse https://www.petesposse.com

Other festival events include school and hospital programs during the week, an Irish fiddle workshop with Martin Hayes on May 4 (10am) at the Burlington Violin Shop, the annual contest finals (with guest sets by National Heritage Fellowship winner Don Roy https://donroyonline.com, Pete’s Posse and others) (11am to 3pm) and the mentor/student showcase (6pm) on May 4 at City Hall.

The festival concludes with tribute concert honoring Martha Pellerin www.freedomandunity.org/vt_transition/pellerin.html on May 5 (3pm), also at City Hall.

Tickets for the evening concerts will be available starting 3/18/19 at https://sevendaystickets.com. Limited seating for all evening concerts-purchase your tickets early!

Admission to the contest finals, the mentor-student showcase and the Martha Pellerin Tribute are by suggested donation (no advance tickets). Contact mark.sustic@gmail.com for information or to register for the Martin Hayes Irish fiddle workshop, designed for intermediate to advanced players. Questions or additional info about the festival from mark.sustic@gmail.com