Fiddler MacMaster to Perform at Center for the Arts

Posted: February 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Natalie MacMaster
Natalie MacMaster
Photo by Alex MacAuley

Delivering an abundance of high-energy fun, the exuberance of acclaimed fiddler Natalie MacMaster never ceases to amaze audiences both young and old. On Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m., Center for the Arts audiences have the opportunity to witness MacMaster’s interpretations of Celtic, bluegrass and contemporary music, laced with helpings of jazz, rock and classical styles.

MacMaster is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians on both the folk and Celtic music scenes. She has collaborated with Alison Krauss, the Chieftains, Paul Simon and even Pavarotti.

MacMaster was first noticed for her mastery of the Cape Breton sound – music that is rooted in the Scottish Highlands and Outer Hebrides brought to Canada by 18th and 19th century immigrants. Celebrating this sound and culture is MacMaster’s mission, and she does so through enthusiastic performances and her Internet radio show, “Cape Breton Live.” Her goal, she says, is to try to “capture the culture, as opposed to just the music … We want to share the spirit and the vibe, and what we’re about as a people.”

She will be joined onstage by her longtime band mates Miche Pouliot on drums, Allan Dewar on keyboards, Brad Davidge on guitar, Matt MacIsaac on bagpipes and John Chiasson on bass.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin at 6:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $42, $34 and $21; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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