All Events »

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Celtic Christmas

December 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Cape Breton fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present a Celtic Family Christmas.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

One of Cape Breton’s foremost stars in the Celtic music world, fiddler and step-dancer Natalie MacMaster, and Donnell Leahy, known as one of the best fiddlers in the world, come together for a holiday celebration.

MacMaster has built a sterling, multi-decade career on electrifying live performances. A Canadian folk musician who started playing the fiddle at the age of 9, MacMaster has toured internationally with many artists and bands and has released a few albums with her husband, Donnell Leahy.

Donnell Leahy is known as one of the best fiddlers in the world. He has been playing and performing for most of his life, and his skills as an instrumentalist are unmatched. His Irish/Cape Breton heritage contributes to the unique sound of his music. Alongside his wife and musical collaborator, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy has cemented his reputation as a peerless instrumentalist able to synthesize traditional influences with more contemporary Celtic/folk sensibilities.

“I’m continually amazed by what the fiddle has brought to my life,” MacMaster says. “It has carried me through my childhood, through my teens, my young adult life, my married life and now motherhood. And I still love it as much as ever. Same with Donnell. It’s unexpected and awesome.”

The pair realized early on that being on the road without their kids was infinitely harder than touring with them. That the children were already being home-schooled (MacMaster has a teaching degree) made enacting that decision easier. “Initially we were reluctant to let the kids perform. We worried the expectations might be too much,” Leahy says. “But then one night we put Mary Frances on stage. Soon after that Michael wanted to play. And you must reward practice.”

“Christmas is where the whole concept started, and we are very excited to be travelling as a family again” says Donnell Leahy. “It’s a perfect time to travel with the children and bring light and happiness to families and fans across the country.

Get tickets »

By the Way Berkshires is a digital magazine exploring creative life and community — art and performance, food and the outdoors — and I’m writing it for you, with local voices, because I’ve gotten to know this rich part of the world as a writer and journalist, and I want to share it with you.

If you’d like to see the website grow, you can join me for a few dollars a month, enough for a cup of coffee and a cider doughnut. Members get access to extra stories and multimedia, itineraries a bookmark tool. Let me know what you're looking for, and we’ll explore together.

Event Details

Details

Date:
December 17, 2023
Time:
7:00 pm
Event Categories:
, ,

Event Location

Mahaiwe
14 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA
413-528-0100

Browse Events

Calendar of Events

M Mon

T Tue

W Wed

T Thu

F Fri

S Sat

S Sun

2 events,

3 events,

4 events,

6 events,

6 events,

11 events,

-

Spring Wildflower Walk

6 events,

3 events,

1 event,

2 events,

2 events,

5 events,

-

Chainsaw Safety workshop

7 events,

3 events,

3 events,

-

Haiku on the Hoosic

4 events,

5 events,

-

Haiku on the Hoosic

3 events,

9 events,

13 events,

5 events,

1 event,

3 events,

-

At home in the woods

4 events,

2 events,

5 events,

8 events,

3 events,

1 event,

2 events,

1 event,

5 events,

3 events,

10 events,

7 events,

BTW Berkshires
Shares