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Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

Friday & Saturday

Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 releasing her debut album Four on the Floor. Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists.

Donnel is the leader of Leahy, the Ontario-based eight-piece family outfit that bears his surname. Donnell has helped Leahy achieve more than half-a-million copies in combined worldwide CD sales  and helped propel them onto the global stage in a highly-praised run as the opening act for Shania Twain’s Come On Over world tour, and earn them multiple Juno Awards – including Best New Group, Best Country Group and Best Instrumental Album.

Spending time touring with both families is crucial to Donnell. “Touring has always been a challenge, and with children there are always a lot of logistics to work out,” he explains. “But we want to be together as a family, and we want to play together. Although Natalie’s style is very different from mine, we love the combination. Everything makes sense for us to tour together.”