Mary Beth Carty
Genre: Acadian, Multi-Instrumentalist
Antigonish Nova Scotia’s Mary Beth Carty is known for her passionate, memorable voice, which earned her a nomination for Traditional Singer of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Also a solid instrumentalist, she plays guitar, accordion, and musical bones, adding a unique twist to any band she joins! Her debut cd, Les bien nommés, is a flavourful palette of sounds to be released this fall.
Mary Beth has performed in Canada, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and was even invited by the Canadian Embassy in 2015 to perform in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kigali, Rwanda. She is talented solo artist and band leader, performing an unusual and entertaining repertoire of original, traditional, and instrumental pieces.
Mary Beth is also sought after as an accompanist for celtic fiddle music. Her percussive, driving, yet sensitive style of guitar accompaniment in DADGAD tuning has earned invitations to share the stage with fiddlers Gillian Boucher, Howie MacDonald, Lisa MacArthur, Cassie and Maggie, Ward MacDonald, and Shannon Quinn, to name a few.
Following the demise of her successful folk duo Bette & Wallet, who performed at major festivals throughout Canada and France gaining critical and popular acclaim with thier debut album, Mary Beth was encouraged by several French language mentors to continue song-writing in her second language. As Artist in Residence at Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac, Petite-Vallée, and Festival Stella, Mary Beth honed her skills and began creating a collection of songs bearing the names of imaginary characters; Felix, Anthony, Clare, Juanita, Henri, and so on.
She has added to this collection a couple of traditional pieces; Malvina, a traditional song from Cheticamp, and Jules, a gypsyesque arrangement of Quebecois tune Le Clog a ‘ti Jules, to create an album that is fresh, energetic, and danceable, combining vivid lyrics with worldy rhythms stemming from Klezmer, Brazilian, and Manouche traditions. The album features a full accoustic band including the inimitable Donald MacLennan on violin as well as the Melchin brothers on double bass and percussion and Benedict Lafford on mixing.
This summer Mary Beth will be living as Artist in Residence in the town of Joliette, Quebec, and gracing the stages of the KitchenFest, Roots to Boots Festival, Festival of Summer Sounds, The Antigonish Art Fair, Festival Memoire et Racines, The Antigonish Highland Games, La Semaine Acadienne, and various farmers’ markets in Eastern Nova Scotia!