Canadian Natalie MacMaster adds new sounds to the Celtic tradition |

Canadian Natalie MacMaster adds new sounds to the Celtic tradition

LESLIE BREFELDSummit Daily NewsSummit County, CO
Special to the Daily

BRECKENRIDGE Celtic musician Natalie MacMaster respects the tradition of her Cape Breton-style fiddling, while also adding a contemporary touch.I stay with the traditional in that thats what I play. It varies with the musicians I surround it with, MacMaster said.MacMaster has played with Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, The Chieftains, Luciano Pavarotti and Alison Krauss. Her latest CD, Blueprint, features Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and Edgar Meyer.While on tour, her band includes a bass player, a bagpiper, a pianist and a cellist, which MacMaster said offers a show that is half fully traditional, and half experimental.A new CD she will start working on in the fall will have the same balance.She said, To do a completely experimental record only satisfies one part of me, and doing an only traditional record only satisfies one part of me.MacMaster has been bringing her family on the road, including her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, 1-year-old son and husband Donnell Leahy. Leahy, a member of the sibling band of the same name, will also perform in her Breckenridge concert on Sunday at the Riverwalk. MacMaster also recently found out that a third child is on the way. MacMaster said touring with the kids hasnt changed the music, but hopes the music will have an effect on her children.I so want them to grow up hearing live music every day of their lives, she said.On whether she wants them to follow in her and her husbands footsteps, she said, Not necessarily for a career, but I want them to be good musicians. It enhances life. Music makes everything more beautiful. It teaches you a lot about spirituality, about love and pain, about everything, MacMaster said.Tickets for this Blue River Series program are $28 in advance or $34 at the door.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

What: An Evening with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy When: Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Where: Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge Tickets: $28 in advance or $34 day-of-show. (970) 547-3100 or

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