Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Wendy MacIsaac with Andrea Beaton Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.

MacIsaac is a fiddler, piano player and stepdancer from Creignish, Cape Breton, Canada. She has been touring all over the world for the last 10 years with Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac, Beolach (her current band) and as a solo performer. MacIsaac began performing at age 5 as a stepdancer; at 12, she began fiddle lessons with Stan Chapman. By age 15, MacIsaac was playing dances all over Cape Breton island and forming the sound that makes her so recognizable today.

MacIsaac soon began traveling farther, to Boston, Detroit and Toronto, to play for the popular Cape Breton dances in those areas. At this time, she also developed a strong reputation as a piano player and has accompanied just about all of the Cape Breton fiddlers of her generation. In 1995 she began touring with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and has made the road her second home ever since. MacIsaac has performed with the Chieftains, Capercaillie and Buddy MacMaster, to name a few.

One of Cape Breton’s most promising young fiddlers, Beaton comes by her music honestly and she is making a name for herself in dance halls, concerts, ceilidhs and festivals. Like the compelling tradition she represents, her reputation is growing, spreading beyond the island. Beaton is the youngest of generations of Beaton musicians. Her father, Kinnon, is one of today’s most influential Cape Breton fiddlers, and you can hear some of his timing in Andrea’s playing. Her mother, Betty Beaton, is one of the great piano accompanists of her generation, contributing to that remarkable Beaton timing.

Tickets are $15. Next up at Unity College Centre will be the Scottish Maeve Gilchrist Quartet Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.