Seven Stars Arts Center is pleased to present an evening of Celtic music in a double bill with Andrea Beaton and Eric Wright, and Beth Telford and Will Wright.
Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. Both the Beaton and MacMaster sides of her family are well known and respected as some of Cape Breton's finest musicians, dancers and composers. 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.
Eric Wright is a very unique cellist. Raised on pure Vermont air and inspired by his love for American Old Time and Irish music, he sets out to incorporate cello into new and traditional music in ways that haven't been done before. Taking his innovative bowing techniques, chording styles, and 'the chop', to new levels, Eric has become a highly sought-after performer, accompanist, producer, session musician, and arranger for all types of folk styles.
Eric has performed and recorded with numerous artists and bands including Ruth Moody, Trey Anastasio, Natalie MacMaster, The Fretless, John Reischman, Mairi Rankin, and many others.
Andrea and Eric performed together for the first time at the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party camp in Saskatchewan this past summer. After very little rehearsal and a lot of fun on stage, they decided it would be a great thing to perform more frequently together, which resulted in their first tour together.
Beth Telford began playing classical violin at age 8, but fell in love with traditional music and began fiddling in her early 20s. She has played traditional fiddle music with various duos and trios in Vermont since 1983. Beth specializes in Celtic music, particularly the music of Cape Breton, and studied with the legendary Cape Breton fiddler, Jerry Holland. Beth has taught fiddle to scores of area students and has run a Cape Breton fiddle and dance camp for many years.
Will Wright plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and tabla. He’s been performing and teaching music in central Vermont for over forty years. Founder of Rooster Records, Will has produced over thirty albums of New England traditional music. He plays regularly with The Bobs string band and is the music director at The Kedron Valley Inn in South Woodstock, Vermont.
Beth and Will are old friends and have performing together on and off for over thirty years. You can hear this close bond in their playing, a seamless blend of rhythm and melody that will inspire a smile and some serious toe tapping.
And in case you were wondering, Will is Eric’s father. As Eric puts it, “Having Will Wright as your father is by far the best way to stack your deck if you’re an aspiring musician. I can’t recall a single day of my life without incredible music coming from some corner of the house. But I couldn’t have accomplished anything musically if it weren’t for my mother Dana. She reinforced the importance of art and music in my life from a very young age, and taught me to pursue the happiness and fulfillment music always brought me.”
Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 day of show. Children 12 and under are $5 in advance/$7 day of show.