JUNO Award Winners Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Return With A Celtic Family Christmas Tour

JUNO Award Winners Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Return With A Celtic Family Christmas Tour

TORONTO, ON – JUNO Award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are hitting the road again to bring back their successful concert series A Celtic Family Christmas. The intimate and unique show will see the duo perform with their incredibly talented children, playing holiday favourites that are fun for the whole family. 

“Christmas is where this whole concept started, and we are excited to be travelling as a family,” says Donnell Leahy. “It’s a perfect time to travel with the children and bring light and happiness to families and fans across the country.” 

This year, A Celtic Family Christmas — which contains a soon-to-be-revealed theatrical element that will thrillingly traverse time and continents while contextualizing the music and its players – touches down at marquee venues across Canada, confirming the duo as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit. With a lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic songs sure to warm your heart, A Celtic Family Christmas brings you in the door, and welcomes you in as part of the family.

The accomplished duo has toured extensively over the years both together and separately, selling out venues across the continent. To fans of fiddle music, Natalie MacMaster needs no introduction. The Order of Canada recipient has released 11 albums, won two JUNO Awards, 11 East Coast Music Awards, has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award and collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo MaJesse CookAlison Krauss and more. 

Donnell Leahy is a 3-time JUNO Award-winner, with internationally acclaimed musical group Leahy. He is widely recognized as one the best Celtic fiddlers in the world and is known for his high-energy playing style.

The A Celtic Family Christmas 23-date Canadian tour will begin in Victoria, BC on November 23 and wrap in Peterborough, ON December 22.

"If you really love fiddle music, there are performances here that are nothing short of jaw dropping ... performances that will raise you up and performances that will leave you misty–eyed," The Guardian

Tickets are available now here

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A Celtic Family Christmas Tour Dates: 

November 23 – Alix Goolden Performance Hall – Victoria, BC 
November 24 – The Port Theatre – Nanaimo, BC 
November 25 – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre – Duncan, BC
November 26 – Bell Performing Arts Centre – Surrey, BC 
November 28 – Charles Bailey Theatre – Trail, BC
November 29 – Key City Theatre – Cranbrook, BC 
December 1 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB
December 2 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Calgary, AB 
December 3 – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre – Medicine Hat, AB 
December 4 – Casino Regina, Show Lounge – Regina, SK  
December 6 – Centennial Concert Hall – Winnipeg, MB
December 7 -  PW Enns Centennial Concert Hall - Winkler, MB 
December 8 – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium – Thunder Bay, ON
December 9 - Sault Community Theatre Centre - Sault Ste. Marie, ON  
December 11 – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - St Catharines, ON 
December 12 – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - St Catharines, ON
December 13 – Brockville Arts Centre – Brockville, ON
December 15 – Rose Theatre – Brampton, ON 
December 16 – National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON 
December 16 - National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON
December 19 – Centre In The Square – Kitchener, ON 
December 20 – Roy Thompson Hall – Toronto, ON
December 21 – Showplace Performance Centre – Peterborough, ON
December 22 - Showplace Performance Centre – Peterborough, ON

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About Natalie And Donnell

This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert series you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented session musicians – and their entire family – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true Cape Breton Christmas celebration. “This tour is going to have an energy that goes beyond the duration of the show,” says Natalie Macmaster. “I want it to stay with our fans throughout the holidays, and beyond.”

To fans of fiddle music, Natalie MacMaster 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. Though acknowledging that she can be "a musical chameleon," Natalie stresses that, above all else, "I play Cape Breton fiddle."

Donnell Leahy is no stranger to the awards podium himself. He is the oldest brother of the internationally acclaimed family musical group Leahy, winners of three JUNO Awards. Widely recognized as one of the best Celtic fiddlers in the world, his high-energy playing style also makes him a highly popular performer.

The fiddling duo have toured extensively over the years both together and separately, selling out venues across the continent. Each show is an unforgettable experience for all those in attendance, and word of their musical feats has travelled. The last Christmas concert series sold out in a matter of days, leading to additional shows added due to high demand. "If you really love fiddle music, there are performances here that are nothing short of jaw dropping ... performances that will raise you up and performances that will leave you misty–eyed," The Guardian.

This year, A Celtic Family Christmas exceeds all expectations with riveting performances by Natalie, Donnell, 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 virtuoso 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 travelling as a family,” says Donnell. “It’s a perfect time to travel with the children and bring light and happiness to families and fans across the country.” With a lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic songs sure to warm your heart, A Celtic Family Christmas brings you in the door, and welcomes you in as part of the family.