One of our Christmas presents to one another this year was a holiday concert in Seattle to see Natalie MacMaster, a Celtic fiddler extraordinaire. Seattle, about a 70-mile trek from our home on Camano Island, is rarely a destination for us with its congested traffic and expensive parking, when you can find it. But any inconvenience we experienced proved well worth the effort. Natalie MacMaster offers a memorable, wide-ranging concert.
One of Canada’s major talents, MacMaster is internationally recognized for her extraordinary showmanship. She puts on a rip-roaring performance with high-energy fiddling and step-dancing. The show we attended, at Benaroya Hall with its wonderful acoustics, brought the audience to its feet more than once.
The fact that she was seven months pregnant with her third child didn’t seem to slow down Natalie MacMaster one iota--she simply pours out the talent. Her five band members each performed individually as well. They’re all extraordinary musicians.
If you have the chance, attend a Natalie MacMaster concert. Or, the next best thing, look for her many albums. For more information, visit her website: www.nataliemacmaster.com