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Natalie MacMaster

A Canadian Fiddle Celebration

Natalie MacMaster

Rebekah Littlejohn

One of Cape Breton’s best-loved Celtic fiddlers returns to the National Arts Centre and Canada Scene for an epic evening of music celebrating Canada’s diverse fiddle traditions. Natalie MacMaster’s signature sound has resonated with world audiences for nearly three decades, winning her numerous JUNO and East Coast Music Awards, the Order of Canada, and a reputation as one of this country’s most captivating performers.

Karrnnel Sawitsky and his band The Fretless, 2017 JUNO winners for Instrumental Album of the Year, will kick off this pan-Canadian evening of foot-stomping fun with an all-star group of Canadian fiddlers. Ottawa Valley fiddle sensation and Ontario Scene alumna April Verch joins Karrnnel with her blend of Franco-Celtic music, along with Saskatchewan’s master of the Métis fiddle John Arcand.

The Northwest Territory’s fiddle sensation Wesley Hardisty returns to the NAC with his irresistible blend of Aboriginal, folk, and country influences. And Cynthia MacLeod, one of Prince Edward Island’s finest ambassadors of traditional fiddle music, embraces both her local roots and her ancestral ties to the Scottish Highlands.

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