Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
1 College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754
Contact: Grunin Center Box Office
This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas album and concert series you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true MacMaster Leahy Christmas celebration.
To fans of fiddle music, Natalie needs no introduction. Over a recording career now spanning 25 years, this Order of Canada recipient has released 11 albums that have notched sales of over 200,000 copies. She has won two JUNO and eleven East Coast Music Awards and been nominated for a Grammy, and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma (on the Grammy-winning album Songs of Joy & Peace), Alison Krauss, Jesse Cook, and Bela Fleck.
Donnell is no stranger to the awards podium himself. He is the incendiary former music leader of the internationally acclaimed family group Leahy, winners of three JUNO Awards. Widely recognized as one of the best fiddlers in the world, his high-energy playing style also makes him a highly popular performer.
This year, A Celtic Family Christmas exceeds all expectations with riveting performances by this fierce fiddling duo, and their children, bringing the Cape Breton Christmas to you. Through a mix of both song and dance, they will take you on a journey of virtuosic performances, telling the story of the night before Christmas in the Leahy/MacMaster household. “Christmas is where this whole concept started and we are excited to be traveling as a family,” says Donnell. With a lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic songs, A Celtic Family Christmas brings you in the door, and welcomes you in as part of the family.