Andrea Beaton and Sabra MacGillivray
January 03, 2015
Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. She tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops.
She has released 5 solo albums, one duo album with her father, Kinnon Beaton, and a book of her original tunes. she also recorded an album with her family “The Beaton family of Mabou” in 2007 for the Smithsonian Institute. Most of her solo albums were nominated for awards, and
her 2010 CD, ‘Branches,’ won the Canadian East Coast Music Awards “Instrumental Recording of the Year!”
Andrea travels the globe, sharing her culture as well as exploring and writing contemporary tunes. Her music, dance and comical stories are sure to delight any audience.
Sabra MacGillivray is one of Atlantic Canada’s leading ambassadors of Highland and Scottish step dancing. She is a champion highland dancers, a stellar step dancer and an award-winning choreographer. She combines movements that she has learned in Cape Breton step, Highland, Irish, and Flamenco. Sabra has performed and taught all over the world including Canada, United States, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia. She continues to share her love for dance, culture and tradition with her Instructional Step Dancing DVD, “Gaelic in the Feet” and with a CD project with her brother, Troy, “Highland Dancing Music from Nova Scotia”.
Born into a very musical family, Sabra has performed with her sister, Kendra and brother, Troy all of her life, most often as a dancer, or accompanying the fiddle on piano or bodhran. She began highland dancing when she was 5 years old under the direction of Janice MacQuarrie and competed and performed as a member of the award-winning group, MacQuarrie Dancers for several years. She has her own dance documentary entitled “Steps with Sabra” which as part of a Dance Atlantic series by New Scotland Pictures.