Leahy and MacMaster Are Back

THURSDAY, JULY 26TH, 2018, 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, JULY 27TH, 2018, 7:30 PM
All Seats: $42.00 (tax & fees included)

Harbourfront Theatre
Sponsored by: Centennial Auto Group

Opt-Centennial-Sponsor-

The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Indeed, when two of the planet’s very best fiddle players married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was instantly crammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards. Though MacMaster and Leahy followed different trajectories – she a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; he the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy – both had assuredly crested the traditional music peak.

Their first recorded collaboration, 2015’s Bob Ezrin-produced album One, which was followed by 2016’s A Celtic Family Christmas (and which cemented the couple’s status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit) confirmed MacMaster and Leahy were as dynamic working together as they were working apart.

That’s no small feat when your combined album sales exceed one million; when past collaborators include classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass star Alison Krauss and banjo ace Béla Fleck; and when your ecstatic fan base (which boasts Shania Twain and The Chieftains) stretches from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Sydney, Australia.

This summer, their Prince Edward Island fans can see them perform at Harbourfront Theatre two nights only, July 26th & 27th.

Advertisements

Star-Studded Line-Up Lined Up

Confederation Centre has unveiled a stacked Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre lineup for 2016-17. From Thanksgiving through to the spring thaw, the Centre presents a captivating range of rock, comedy, dance, bilingual programming, choral music, and family fun across five unique stages.

image009

The ‘16-17 season launches October 14 with a farewell tour stop from international smash hit, The Nylons. Known for their dazzling a cappella sound and hypnotic harmonies, the jazz quartet’s wide appeal has taken them across North America, Europe, China, and beyond. The Juno nominees’ farewell tour includes their classic arrangements of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight,’ ‘Happy Together,’ and ‘Na Na, Hey Hey.’

October also includes the first Island performance from the inimitable Canadian icon, Tanya Tagaq. The pride of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Tagaq fuses traditional Inuit throat singing with electronica and experimental influences. She has collaborated with artists as varied as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Björk, and Owen Pallett, and collected the Polaris Music Prize and a Juno Award in recent years.

On October 18 Confederation Centre welcomes back globally-acclaimed duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. This fierce fiddling combo commands stages worldwide, infusing traditional roots music from Cape Breton and rural Ontario with an explosive celebration of raw energy.

Other fall highlights include a classical music performance from Grammy-winning violin virtuoso James Ehnes; children’s entertainment from TV’s Toopy and Binoo; a double-dose of folk-pop prestige from siblings Jill and Matthew Barber; and a classic thumper of a rock night on the mainstage, with B.C. road warriors, Theory of a Deadman.

“On behalf of Board Chairman Wayne Hambly and our staff, I would like to invite all Islanders and visitors to experience a performance this fall and winter LIVE @ the Centre,” says Chief Executive Officer, Jessie Inman. “Once again, Darcy Campbell and his team have assembled a thrilling program for patrons celebrating the best in Canadian live music, dance, comedy, and family entertainment—join us for something wonderful.”

Perennial favourites Classic Albums Live return for two more epic rock recitals, presenting Abbey Road from front to back November 5 and Hotel California on April 6. Christmastime offers a brand new holiday family musical from Adam Brazier – to be announced in August 2016 – as well as the return of Mittentime Christmas, a popular solstice revue featuring an all-star cast: Rose Cousins, Tanya Davis, Kinley Dowling, Jenn Grant, Daniel and Patrick Ledwell, Catherine MacLellan, and more.

Other hallmarks include seasonal choral music from the Youth Chorus and Confederation Singers, under the direction of Donald Fraser; showcases and musicals from the blossoming talent of dance umbrella; and the return of the popular Songwriters Series at The Mack, with separate soirees from Mo Kenney; James Hill; and The Lion, The Bear, The Fox.

For ticket information and the entire Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre calendar see addendum, visit confederationcentre.com/live, or contact the box office at (902) 566.1267. Tickets for all shows go on sale to the public Friday, July 29, 2016.

Appreciation is extended to Sobeys, the returning title sponsor for LIVE @ The Centre. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.

Sold Out! at the Harbourfront

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are world-class musicians with their hearts firmly rooted in their rural village home. Natalie grew up in rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where her parents still live in the home she was born in. She is a globally acclaimed fiddle player who has appeared on numerous CBC, CTV and PBS TV shows and sold over 200,000 albums.

NAT-CROPPED-SOLDOUT

Donnell is part of a multi-generation beef farming family, born and raised on the Leahy family farm in Lakefield, Ontario. As the incendiary musical leader of double Platinum– selling, festival–headlining Celtic family group Leahy, he refined his mesmerizingly strident, exultant, and high-energy performances which have become his musical signature.

Be transported by this fierce fiddling duo as Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy command the stage with an explosive celebration of raw energy and passion that infuses their traditional heritage with their taste for the contemporary.

The Saturday July 2nd show at the Harbourfront Theatre has sold out!