Dawn Beaton

Musician and Artistic Director for Celtic Colours International Festival
Nova Scotia

Dawn hails from Mabou, Cape Breton and has been playing fiddle, and step dancing for over 25 years! Music has been at the forefront of her life, surrounded by it through an infusion from her parents, her relatives, and living in the vibrant community of Mabou. Along with her fiddling sister, Margie, they decided to release their debut album, Taste of Gaelic in 2008.  It led to opportunities right from the CD release to attend one of the largest Celtic festivals in the world, the Lorient Interceltique Festival in Lorient, France.  From there the girls have traveled and taught in Scotland, England, Brazil, China, Ireland and the United States, not to mention an ECMA win for Roots/Traditional Duo or Group Recording of the Year - 2010!

Dawn attended Mabou Consolidated School. She received the Lt. Governor and Governor General’s medal, was Class Valedictorian and top of her graduating class. After receiving the J.P. McCarthy scholarship to St. F.X. University, she graduated with First Class Honours in Business Administration in 2004.

Besides being a musician, she has worked for KPMG in Halifax, as manager for Strathspey Place in Mabou, and is the Artistic Director for Celtic Colours International Festival. She sits on the Executive Committee of the East Coast Music Awards Board as well as NextGen Cape Breton.