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MacMaster and Leahy Perform on Feb. 21

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Fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy perform at 7 p.m., on February 21, at St. Johnsbury Academy’s Fuller Hall.

ST. JOHNSBURY – Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform at St. Johnsbury Academy’s Fuller Hall, on February 21, at 7 p.m.

The Northeast Kingdom favorites return with their characteristic fast-paced jigs, reels, and Maritimes fiddle favorites. Two of Canada’s stars, MacMaster and Leahy have been captivating audiences since they were children. Their high-energy shows include foot-tapping melodies, heartrending ballads, and world-class step dancing in a mesmerizing whirlwind of piano, bagpipes, guitar, accordion, and of course fiery fiddles played like the dickens.

Raised by musical families, MacMaster and Leahy were born into their musical careers. Hailing from Cape Breton Island, MacMaster received her first fiddle at the age of nine, launching a career that has lasted for more than 30 years. Her first recording was released when she was only 16 and she has never looked back. MacMaster’s many projects include collaborations with Alison Krauss, Carlos Santana, the Chieftains, Paul Simon, Pavarotti, and Yo-Yo Ma. Her live performances are a testament to her incandescent musicianship and boundless energy, combining her virtuoso fiddle-playing and legendary step dancing.

Perfecting his talent since the age of three, Leahy has spent his entire life with a fiddle in his hand. His parents, a fiddle-playing father from Ontario and a step-dancing mother from Cape Breton, were his source of inspiration and guidance. His mesmerizingly exultant and high-energy performances have become Leahy’s musical signature.

For tickets to see Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy visit kcppresents.org.

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