Cache Valley Center for the Arts presents Natalie MacMaster: Cape Breton Girl

Photo by Rebekah Littlejohn Photography

LOGAN, UT — The Cache Valley Center for the Arts will present multi-platinum Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Ellen Eccles Theatre, Logan, Utah. Tickets range from $24 to $35 and are available at the CVCA ticket office located at 43 South Main, online at or by calling 435-752-0026. CVCA offers discounts for USU students, 50% off kids ages 5-18, & 15% of groups of 15 or more. No discounts will be available on day-of-show.

“MacMaster jubilant instrumental music style is loved by audiences worldwide,” said Wally Bloss, Executive Director for the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. “MacMaster embraces the Canadian Cape Breton style in a live remarkable celebration that showcases her intricate fiddle playing but also her fun personality. The combination pays tribute to tradition but also adds some flare and diversity to her music.”

“To call her 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” (Boston Herald). Her incandescent musicianship, her boundless energy, her collaborations with Alison Krauss, the Chieftains, Paul Simon, Pavarotti, and more, her world-class step dancing, her exceptional band—there is nothing quite like a concert with Natalie MacMaster. “She’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion” (Los Angeles Times).

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 music and Celtic music scenes. Featuring foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-rending ballads, and world-class step dancing, MacMaster’s live performances are amazing. MacMaster is equally adept at hypnotizing a crowd while alone in the footlights. 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 her dedicated work ethic and signature sound that has seen her accomplish so much: professionally, her three-decade career has watched her amass multiple gold albums, two Grammy nominations and one win (for her contribution to Yo-Yo Ma’s Songs Of Joy & Peace, for which she received “a nice bottle of champagne”); a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album for In My Hands; eight Canadian Country Music Awards, 10 East Coast Music Awards, an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas University and honorary degrees from Niagara University, NY, Trent University and – most recently – the Arts & Letters Award from the Canadian Association of New York.

MacMaster has performed all over the world, thrilling Carnegie Hall audiences and Massey Hall crowds; captivated radio audiences with multiple appearances on the CBC and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and warmed TV viewers with guest spots on Christmas specials like Rita MacNeil’s Christmas and Holiday Festival On Ice. MacMaster’s talents have also been in-demand by her peers, contributing to albums by Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Raffi, Béla Fleck and more. In turn, such stellar talents as Grammy-winning fiddlers Alison Krauss and Mark O’Connor, “Jesus, Take The Wheel” songwriter Gordie Sampson, Nuevo Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, members of The Rankin Family, Edgar Meyer and Alison Brown are just some who have contributed to Natalie’s own projects through the years, such is their respect for her musicianship.

More recently, MacMaster’s talents have expanded to include author, co-writing and publishing the picturesque 161-page coffee table book Natalie MacMaster’s Cape Breton Aire with Pulitzer Prize-winning wordsmith Eileen McNamara and featuring Boston-based Eric Roth’s breathtaking photography. Music is still just as important as home and tradition, her beloved family now shapes and informs her musicianship as much as the jigs, reels, air, waltzes, strathspeys, marches and traditional folk that feed her spiritual soul. Natalie MacMaster is a wife and mother of four. In 2002 she married the handsome fiddle phenomenon Donnell Leahy of Leahy.

MacMaster’s majesty with the bow and her intricate technique in making the fiddle sing and championing the Cape Breton tradition that floors her admirers for over 100 shows per year. “I guess culture and tradition never go out of style,” Natalie MacMaster explains. MacMaster has performed in front of millions on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the ABC 2002 New Year’s Eve Special and Good Morning America. She has thrilled audiences throughout Europe and North America, especially in her native Canada, enabling MacMaster to passionately perform and promote the universal language of her Cape Breton sound.

Her audiences are left clapping, hollering and screaming for more as MacMaster and her band wow them with stylistic diversity as reflected in some of their top-selling CDs and Grammy-nominated songs. She is an electrifying performer whose passionate proficiency on the beloved four-string amplifies the traditional East Coast sound for contemporary times and has earned the reputation as one of Canada’s most captivating performers. For more information, please visit

This performance is made possible through the performing arts season at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts and the generous support from this shows sponsors including: Cache Valley Media Group – KIX96, Logan City Cultural Arts Grant, Lewiston State Bank, and Watkins Printing. The 2012-2013 CVCA Season is made possible in part by funds from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family; Conservice utility management & billing; Cache County Restaurant/RAPZ Tax Funds, Logan City Cultural Arts Grant; Utah Division of Arts & Museums & the National Endowment for the Arts; and Wasatch Logan Arts Foundation.

For more info about the Cache Valley Center for the Arts visit The Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to all show times.

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