Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald blend the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded by Wendy Bergfeldt-Munro, producer/host at Canadian Broadcast System, as “one of the most important folk acts on the Island [Cape Breton] today.” Their performances have captivated audiences across North America and further afield. A cocktail of tradition, distilled like a pure drop of the Canadian Maritimes, their unique blend of driving dance music transcends boundaries – equally at home at a kitchen ceilidh (“kālē” or Scottish gathering/party featuring music, singing, and dance) or on a late night festival stage. See their web site, www.benandanita.com.
Beckman Institute is located at 400 South Wilson Avenue in Pasadena. Free parking is available in Beckman Auditorium’s parking lots, at the south end of Michigan Avenue, just south of Del Mar Boulevard. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children under 12. They are available in advance and at the door. For information and to order tickets, call (626) 395-4652.