Archive for April, 2011

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Two Fiddles, Two Pianos

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Time: 8:00pm

Tickets: $45 Adults and $43 Seniors/Students

The Stockey Centre is ecstatic to be presenting the return of two highly noted Canadian musicians—Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy—to Parry Sound for an unforgettable Celtic performance.

“To call Natalie MacMaster the most dynamic performer in Celtic music today is high praise, but it still doesn’t get at just how remarkable a concert artist this Cape Breton Island fiddler has become.” —The Boston Herald, January 2004

Equally at home on the concert stage or at a folk festival, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians on both the Folk and Celtic music scenes. Natalie’s live performances are a testament to her incandescent musicianship and boundless energy, featuring foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-rending ballads, and world-class step dancing. Natalie’s fiddling fireworks on traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies generate a kind of “Traditional Fusion” delivered with uplifting energy felt by the musicians and audiences of all ages. It’s a signature sound that has resonated with world audiences through 10 albums, multiple gold sales figures and 27 years; numerous Juno and East Coast Music Awards; two honorary degrees (from Niagara University, NY, and Trent University) and an honorary doctorate (St. Thomas University); the Order Of Canada – and a reputation as one of Canada’s most captivating performers. She is an electrifying performer whose passionate proficiency on the beloved four-string amplifies the traditional East Coast sound for contemporary times.

Donnell Leahy is the eldest member of the awe-inspiring eight-member brother and sister act from Canada who produce a whirlwind triple threat of fiddle-driven music, dance and song. The band’s three acclaimed CDs— Leahy, Lakefield, and In All Things—have world-wide sales of over half a million copies.

The family continues to move forward as musicians and performers. Winter 2007 saw them release their first ever live DVD and CD.  PBS audiences are currently watching Leahy’s third television special.

All that  audiences need to do to understand the style that has come to be known as “Leahy” is look at their awards—Junos for Best New Group, Best Country Group, and Best Instrumental Album, the most played folk/roots song in Canada in 2004 and the Socan award for Folk/Jazz instrumentalist the following year.   Their self-titled album rose to number four on the Billboard world music charts and found its way onto the soundtrack of the award-winning movie The Hanging Garden. On stage Leahy brought 175 audiences to their feet when they opened for pop-star Shania Twain on her inaugural world tour.

Leahy brings their whole being to each and every performance. Their life story reads like a Hollywood movie; a large family raised without a television on a farm in the small town of Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. In fact, their life story was so compelling that it became the subject of an Oscar winning documentary— The Leahys: Music Most of All.  The film foretold the success that would follow. Pure, authentic—Leahy continues to be one of Canada’s most sought after exports.

Join us at the Stockey Centre on Thursday, September 29, 2011 for this outstanding collaboration of two exceedingly talented Canadian musicians. The performance will consist of four on-stage musicians. Tickets are $45.00 for Adults and $43.00 for Seniors/Students. Hope to see you out for a memorable evening of Celtic music.