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A fiddling extravaganza

World-class performers in Monmouth on Friday

Andrea Beaton brings a level of honesty to her music. Beaton co-headlines a night of world-class fiddlers Friday night at WOU’s Rice Auditorium.

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Andrea Beaton brings a level of honesty to her music. Beaton co-headlines a night of world-class fiddlers Friday night at WOU’s Rice Auditorium.

January 21, 2014

MONMOUTH — Two world-class fiddlers will share the stage on the same night as the next installment of Western Oregon University's Smith Fine Arts Series takes place.

Andrea Beaton and Kevin Burke perform Friday night in Rice Auditorium on the WOU campus.

Beaton, one of Cape Breton's best fiddlers, comes by her music honestly. The power of her bow, the drive and swing of her timing, and the crispness of her attack reveal a musician of the highest caliber. Her recordings have been nominated for "Roots Traditional Solo Artist of the Year" and "Instrumental Recording of the Year" at the East Coast Music Awards.

Great Britain's Burke, a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Award recipient, was dubbed "One of the greatest Celtic fiddlers alive" by the New York Times. His recordings have garnered prestigious awards, including Grand Prix du Disc at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Over the course of his career, he has worked with such prestigious artists as Arlo Guthrie, Kate Bush and bluegrass star Tim O'Brian.

Kevin Burke was once described by the New York Times as “One of the greatest Celtic fiddlers alive.”

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Kevin Burke was once described by the New York Times as “One of the greatest Celtic fiddlers alive.”

General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door, $11 for students. A limited number of WOU student rush tickets are free one hour before the event.

For more information: 503-838-8333; www.wou.edu/sfa; www.andreabeaton.com; www.kevinburke.com.

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