Lanark, Antigonish County’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! Mary Beth loves visiting provincial music archives and scouring old books to find forgotten gems, digging deep into Acadian, Scottish, and Canadian folklore. A full-time musician, Mary Beth has performed throughout Canada, Europe, and was even invited by the Canadian Embassy to perform in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Aboard Norwegian and Holland America cruise lines, where she has performed since 2012, Mary Beth developed a percussive guitar style in DADGAD tuning, accompanying fiddlers Gillian Boucher, Ward MacDonald, Shannon Quinn, and Donald MacLennan. This summer she is invited as Artist in Residence in Joliette, Quebec, and will perform at La Semaine Acadienne festival in Normandy, France.