OGUNQUIT — World-class fiddlers Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster, husband and wife, will perform Tuesday, July 26, at Jonathan’s Ogunquit.

Leahy comes from a family of musicians from Canada, known simply as “Leahy.” He mostly plays with his eight siblings, who offer a music camp for people of all ages and have made a huge name for themselves.

MacMaster’s signature sound has resonated with audiences worldwide through 10 albums, multiple gold sales figures, numerous Juno and East Coast Music awards and a reputation as one of Canada’s most captivating performers.

She has won the admiration of master violinist Mark O’Connor, whose camp she frequents as a guest instructor; legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who invited her to play on his 2008 “Songs Of Joy & Peace album;” fiddling marvel Alison Krauss; and superstar guitarist Carlos Santana.

MacMaster, who incorporates step dancing into her performances, has shared the stage with The Chieftains, Paul Simon, Faith Hill and Luciano Pavarotti.

But to MacMaster, family now shapes and informs her musicianship as much as the jigs, reels, air, waltzes, strathspeys, marches and traditional folk that feed her spiritual soul. “Not so much the sound as the delivery,” she said. “I am a Mom now. I am a wife. Those things are my priorities in life, and I think people get a sense of that — of that part of who I am — through my show. But my music itself hasn’t changed.”

“I like being on-stage even more,” she said. “When I appear on-stage, that’s my departure from Momhood, and I transform into Natalie MacMaster — the entertainer, the fiddler, the performer. I relish that now more.”

Tickets to the “Two Fiddles, Two Pianos” show at 8 p.m. are available at www.jonathansogunquit.com.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy


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