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Kick up your heels with the queen of the fiddle!

by on October 1, 2012

Get ready for an invigorating evening of toe-tapping jigs, reels and strathspeys by Juno Award-winning fiddler and Cape Breton girl Natalie MacMaster. Lest there be any reservation concerning this declaration, you’re invited to check her out on October 6 at 7:30pm at The Fredericton Playhouse when she will share the jubilant instrumental music that is beloved by audiences worldwide.

MacMaster’s latest record honours tradition and the things that are most important to her. “I just wanted to do a straight-ahead, traditional record, and I find that they’re becoming less and less common,” says MacMaster, a member of the Order Of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour. With titles like “Alex MacMaster’s Jig,” “My Brother Kevin” and “Stoney Lake Reels” it embraces all the values that Natalie holds dear: family, tradition, home and faith.

“Those are the things most important to me,” says MacMaster, who is married to fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy and is a mother of four. “I work through my music, to strike a proper balance between life and work wherever possible.”

It’s her dedicated work ethic 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 also established herself as an electrifying performer all over the world, thrilling Carnegie Hall audiences and Massey Hall crowds; captivated radio audiences with multiple appearances on the CBC, Canada A.M. 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 with Olympic ice skaters Jamie Sale, David Pelletier, Kurt Browning and world champion Jeffrey Buttle.

Tickets for Natalie MacMaster are available at The Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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