Antigonish Nova Scotia’s Mary Beth Carty is an accordionist, guitarist, and songwriter known for her passionate, memorable voice, which earned her a nomination for Traditional Singer of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Her debut solo cd, Les biens-nommés, to be released in the coming months, is a flavorful palette of sounds! Mary Beth's rootsy, creative songs with their romantic-gypsy-vibe are a breath of fresh air on the musical landscape!
Following the demise of her successful folk duo Bette & Wallet, who performed at major festivals throughout Canada and France and gained critical and popular acclaim with two albums, 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 worldly 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.
In recent years Mary Beth has also been gaining recognition as a DADGAD guitar accompanist for celtic music. She can often be found on stage and in the studio with world-class fiddlers such as Howie MacDonald, Gillian Boucher, Shannon Quinn, Colin Grant, Cassie MacDonald, Gillian Head, Ward MacDonald, and Lisa MacArthur. This speaks volumes to her versatility as a musician. A keen ear and steady drive enable Carty to sustain any fiddler and allow them to shine!