October 5, 2010
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Fiddling sensations Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will perform their upbeat show "Masters of the Fiddle" Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Hart Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

MacMaster and Leahy, whom are married, are two of the world's most celebrated fiddlers. Together, they create a whirlwind of fiddle-driven music, dance and song, combining the best of French, Celtic and American bluegrass styles.

Joined by two highly acclaimed pianists in their own right, Mac Morin and Erin Leahy, they will perform foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-wrenching ballads and world-class step dancing.

"It's always a treat for the two of us to share our passion in life, which is music, and go out on tour together," MacMaster says, "This is very much a family affair."

MacMaster and Leahy have both performed in both Rexburg and Idaho Falls before, but not together on the same stage. Donnell has his own band called Leahy, which features members of the Leahy family.

MacMaster has received a number of Canadian music awards, including several awards from the East Coast Music Association, two Juno awards for best instrumental album, and "Fiddler of the Year" from the Canadian Country Music Association.

In July 2006, MacMaster was one of the youngest people ever named a member of the prestigious Order of Canada - the country's highest civilian honor. She has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Niagara University in New York.

Tickets are $16 for the general public and $8 for BYU-Idaho students and available from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office by calling 496-2230, or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.