Beaton Entertainment Tent - 2022
"Alex is not only gracious enough to share his stage with other performers at the Scottish festivals," says Dudley Brian Smith of Smithfield Fair, a Celtic group from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, “he is the reason we get to be at the festivals. He is the trailblazer."
Already a successful entertainer in the 1970s, Alex recognized a desire among American audiences for traditional Celtic music. He knew that the natural outlet for his music was the Highland Games that take place nearly every weekend of the year all across the continent. After organizing Glenfinnan Music, he began focusing on establishing a market for the traditional singer in a venue long dominated by heavy athletics, pipers, and pipe bands. Now, due in large part to Alex’s efforts, the folksinger is there along with the athlete and the piper.
Alex’s musical talents, awareness of Scottish history, and his ability to connect with his audience combined to create the Alex Beaton experience rather than just a concert. We miss him terribly.
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