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After a epiphany of sorts, accordionist, guitarist, and player of pocket-sized instruments Mary Beth Carty moved from her small university-town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia to the not-so-distant island of Cape Breton, where she became a regular dance-hall guitar-player, session host, and ceilidh-singer. Mary Beth soon began mixing her favorite jigs & reels with songs from her extensive trad repertoire, to create Crossing the Causeway, the 14-track multilingual album that pays tribute to the rich cultures of her homeland. With rousing group sing-alongs, chorus vocables, and  moments of wistful musical meditation, this collection reveals how deep the cultural causeways are that link us together. Out Friday, November 25th!

Four songs from the album are already released! The latest, upbeat the tongue-twister Tow Truck Song, is out now! Colin Grant plays fiddle, Mac Morin plays piano, Donnie Calabrese plays double bass, and Mary Beth plays accordion, guitar, jaw harp, and other percussion instruments. At the end of the track we hear the classic tune Trip to Windsor, composed by Dan R. MacDonald of Mabou. A bunch of friends join in on group vocals, which is a theme that runs throughout the album. If you find yourself yelling Hashbrowns along to this song… that is the appropriate response! The chorus of this song harkens to songs like Mari-Mac or Rocky Road to Dublin with its’ tricky, tongue-twisting words.

Mary Beth also just released a single for a song in Scottish Gaelic, Òran Boisdale, and a video, filmed by David Overmars of Shoebox Studios and available on her YouTube channel. This traditional waulking song takes on a floating quality with the wispy chorus vocals of Robyn Carrigan and Sine-Mairi MacDoungall, the creative violin of Colin Grant. Group vocals are a running theme throughout the album. Tow Truck Song and Òran Boisdale are perfect examples of this!


“The album is somehow eclectic and coherent at once – perhaps that is exactly what Cape Breton is.” – Dane George (step-dancer, Halifax)

“Your musicality is so deeply rooted and simply world class.” – Graham Nicholas (accordionist, Chicago) 

“I have it in my car and whenever I start up it cheers me to no end.” – Anita MacDonald (Cassie & Maggie’s mom, Morristown) 

“Great sound, well produced. Your musical contribution adds a new and refreshing sound to our tonal culture. A beautiful recording. Dan R. would be pleased.” – J.D. Cameron (Dan R. MacDonald’s nephew, Judique)

“The album is SO GOOD. So many gems I’d never heard before!” – Donnie Calabrese (double bass player on the album, Sydney)

“John and I listened to your new album as we drove to Ingonish yesterday, and boy, we’re so impressed! I read the liner notes before we listened to each track, so we knew the story behind each song and tune, including musicians and instruments. We can get the full experience that way! Songs in 4 languages, such a variety of instruments and musicians, and 14 (!) tracks! So much thought and research into each piece… and put together during Covid. Your artwork and the theme are perfect for the recording. This is a real winner! Congratulations on this unique and creative project, Mary Beth!” – Carolyn Grant (Colin Grant’s mom, Sydney)

“So much reason for praise. The respect for earlier performers, all the local cultures and musicians, and even the crickets. It’s clear how much thought must go into such a production!” – Margaret Young (Retired Teacher, Sydney)