Front Row: Christmas in Cape Breton

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Cityfolk presents one-of-a-kind show

Natalie MacMaster: Christmas in Cape Breton

Natalie MacMaster

Natalie MacMaster

Canadian fiddler/dance-stepper Natalie MacMaster will return to Dayton on December 4 to present her new seasonal program, Christmas in Cape Breton. Based on her holiday traditions growing up off the coast of mainland Nova Scotia, MacMaster blends familiar Christmas carols and songs with Cape Breton fiddle tunes, lively step-dancing and audience favorites. As one of the world’s leading representatives of traditional Cape Breton fiddle playing, MacMaster has performed with the likes of Alison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Bela Fleck, Faith Hill, the Chieftains, Luciano Pavarotti, Mark O’Connor and several symphony orchestras. MacMaster’s most recent album, released November 1, is Cape Breton Girl, her first studio recording in five years. The album represents a return to MacMaster’s traditional roots in Cape Breton fiddling and is true to the spirit of that high-spirited dance music. MacMaster’s return to her roots comes through as well in the program for Christmas in Cape Breton as she is joined by her four-piece band, as well as the Kettering Children’s Choir for this performance. Natalie MacMaster will present her Christmas in Cape Breton program on Sunday, December 4 at the Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave. Tickets are $20-$35. The program begins at 7 pm. For more information, visit cityfolk.org.

— Kyle Melton

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