Rooted in Tradition, A Musical Journey with Buddy MacMaster and Joey Beaton
-by John Gillis
Fans of Celtic music will be pleased to know that a new CD to be officially launched this week will feature previously unreleased recordings of legendary fiddler, Buddy MacMaster and local pianist and composer, Joey Beaton.
The CD is titled Rooted in Tradition, A Musical Journey with Buddy MacMaster and Joey Beaton.
Mabou pianist Joey Beaton had collaborated with MacMaster for more than 40 years.
Beaton, now 68, told The Oran this week that he first performed with MacMaster at the age of 19 for the occasion of the 25th anniversary of CJFX Radio in Antigonish. Among the other fiddlers present for that occasion were Joey’s father (Donald Angus Beaton), Carl MacKenzie, and Theresa MacLellan. Joey’s mother, Elizabeth Beaton, also played piano on that occasion.
“I had a great reel to reel recorder at the time and I had asked permission to make a recording of that occasion and engineer Don Holmes was kind enough to take care of that for me and I received permission from CJFX to do the recording as well. That would be the earliest of the tracks on the new CD,” said Joey.