Recent Beaton News & Status Updates

Health, Games, Vocal Cords & more

Dear Friends,

I trust this finds you well and enjoying the summer. For me, this summer is similar to last year’s, as I came down with another pressure ulcer. Fortunately we caught it in time and I only had to spend five weeks in bed as compared to 10 weeks last year. All in all, my spirits have been fine and I look forward to attending the St. Louis Highland Games at the end of September as well as the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta the third weekend of October. Kindly let me know if you’re planning to attend the St. Louis Highland Games. I’d love to see you there.

Last Thursday I had an appointment with a doctor at Washington University regarding my vocal cords. The result was, that I am having surgery on my left vocal cord. This is the same vocal cord that I had surgery on last August. The surgery is scheduled for September 4, one week from this coming Thursday.

For your information, my CDs will be sold at the Pleasanton Highland Games in California this Labor Day. The location of my sales tent will be at the Glenfinnan stage, where I’d performed for many years. Look for my sales table at Estes Park, Colorado on the following weekend. You’ll find my location at the tent where I performed; now my good friend Seamus Kennedy entertains there. The Seaside Highland Games, held the second weekend of October in Ventura California, is one of my favorite events. You’ll find that my CDs will be available for purchase by the main stage. I could surely use a couple of folks to volunteer at my sales tables at Estes Park and Ventura. If you’re interested in this most prestigious position, please contact me at or call me at (615) 390-9593.

The Scotsman CD has been out of stock. But I’m pleased to let you know that the CD is presently in manufacturing, and will be available for purchase in 10 days. This CD has been very popular over the years. My last studio CD, recorded in Nashville is entitled “From The Sea To The Shore“. It was a wonderful experience to have some of the top Nashville studio musicians play with me on this production. I’m very proud of this CD and I highly recommend it for your collection.

As always, thank you for your love and support. It means so much to me.



There are 7 comments .

Joanna —

We love you! Miss you at OC Scotfest! Heal quickly from your vocal chord surgery. Glad to be able to read updates. God bless!

Ray —

Your tent was up at the Pleasanton games, and I was hoping you were back. Thank you for all the years at these games. All our prayers are with you.

Terrill Lambert —

Trusting for strength, peace, comfort, joy, and a speedy recovery from your surgery this Thursday. We are in your corner! You remain in our prayers!

Cheryl Hosmer

May your surgery go well. Be blessed. I will keep up with your updates.

Cheryl Hosmer
The Third Army Soldier Shows 1963-1975

Steve & Maureen O'Neill —

Hi Alex Good luck with the surgery tomorrow. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as usual. May the the road rise to meet you and the wind be at your back
Fond regards
Steve & Maur

jean boyd molly —

Sending love and prayers your way Alex, please keep strong for all of us! xo

Jim —

We talked about MacBeth, the true king of a prosperous and proud Scotland and your cousin so I was made to understand, we had a beer and we talked music and chords and melodies and harmonies and it was the best after gathering of the games of my thirty years at the New Hampshire Highland games. I have many wishes for my future but only one for my times on those grounds. A moment like that again. The resonance of your voice echoing across those mountains are the fondest memories we have of, what for you, must have been equal parts work and pleasure during the north countries games. Not just a performer but a fellow reveler and passionate Scot. So many friends some outspoken and some more reserved are with you every time we gather and more importantly in the in between times when we reflect. Wether you struggle, fight, suceed or take a step back you are not alone. My son, now thirteen played Farewell to Nova Scotia on the tin whistle the other day and it surprised me as not being part of his repertoire. He told me how he remembered how impotant it was to me every time you sang it at the games and he saw my reaction. Thank you for that legacy. Tapadh leat.

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