Luther College presents two of the world's most celebrated fiddlers, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, performing "Masters of the Fiddle" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.
Tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors 65 years and older, and $15 for children 18 years and younger.
Tickets are available through the Luther Ticket Office by calling (563) 387-1865, online at https://tickets.luther.edu or by visiting the ticket office, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
The wedded duo of MacMaster and Leahy combine French, Celtic, American Bluegrass and Cajun styles to make their own fiddle-driven music, dance and song. The show includes highly acclaimed pianists Mac Morin and Erin Leahy, sister of Donnell Leahy.
MacMaster is a two-time Grammy nominee and a Juno Award winner. She is from Cape Breton Island in Atlantic Canada, where she has become the best-known musical ambassador of the Cape Breton style of fiddling.
Over MacMaster's three decades of performing, she has released 11 complete albums, performed thousands of shows and collaborated with a multitude of world-renowned artists. MacMaster described her most recent album, "Cape Breton Girl," as a "straight ahead, traditional record." The album is filled with a collection of toe-tapping jigs, reels and strathspeys that embody her most cherished values, her family and home, tradition and faith.
The Boston Herald said, "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."
Playing competitively at just four years old, Leahy honed his craft as a master fiddler with a unique and contemporary style of play.
As leader of Leahy, the Lakefield, Ontario-based eight-piece family outfit that bears his surname, he has helped Leahy achieve more than half-a-million copies in combined worldwide CD sales of "Leahy," "Lakefield," "In All Things" and "Live"; and propelled them onto the global stage in a highly praised run as the opening act for Shania Twain's "Come On Over" world tour. The band has earned multiple Juno Awards including Best New Group, Best Country Group and Best Instrumental Album.
In 2007, the family group Leahy, was received with great acclaim on the Center Stage Series at Luther.
Touring with their four children is a challenge Leahy willingly accepts, "Touring has always been a challenge and with children there are always a lot of logistics to work out, but we want to be together as a family, and we want to play together." Leahy makes time to go on tour with his brothers and sisters with the group, Leahy. Spending time touring with both families is crucial to Leahy and MacMaster.