Still touring behind her 2003 studio album Blueprint, Cape Breton artist Natalie MacMaster will make the rounds this summer. In support of the 13-track record, MacMaster's first studio album in four years, the Grammy-nominated fiddler will hit 12 cities with a full backing band including bagpiper Matt MacIsaac.
Her next performance is June 18th in West Mabou, Nova Scotia, after which MacMaster is set to play a few Ontario dates before heading down to the sunny state of California. Taking up residence in San Diego for a week, she'll put her scholarly foot forward when she instructs the next generation of fiddlers at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp.
Another well-known Canadian Celtic act taking to the road this summer is Ontario octet Leahy. Planning incredibly far into the future (the band is all booked up until March 2006), Leahy is touring in support of 2004's In All Things. Following its stint on the summer festival circuit, Leahy will launch a very extensive tour of the States.
As it so happens, Leahy and Natalie MacMaster will be sharing the stage when they hit the Sea Vancouver festival on July 6th, and once again for seven shows in October. For all of MacMaster's upcoming performances, go to www.nataliemacmaster.com. To see what the future has in store for the Leahy siblings, go to www.leahymusic.com.
See Natalie MacMaster and Leahy tear it up together:
July 6, Vancouver, BC - Sea Vancouver Festival
October 11 & 12, Markham, ON - TBA
October 13, Chatham, ON - TBA
October 14 & 15, St. Catharines, ON - Brock Centre for Performing Arts
October 16, Oakville, ON - TBA
October 17, Brampton, ON - TBA
Here are some of Natalie MacMaster's other Canadian stops÷
June 18, West Mabou, NS - West Mabou Hall
June 26, Toronto, ON - Harbourfront Centre's Boardwalk Bash
July 2, Maxville, ON - Kenyon Agricultural Grounds
July 9, Sudbury, ON - Northern Lights Festival (Bell Park Amphitheatre)
July 30, Fredericton, NB - University of New Brunswick
÷and just one of Leahy's many upcoming performances:
July 1, Toronto, ON - Sunnyside Park
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt