In one of the last tour stops before they begin their new Celtic Family Christmas shows, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy stopped at the Sunset Amphitheatre in Leamington on Saturday (Aug 27), complete with the entire family in tow. It was the closing concert in the Music Onthe42 Summer Concert Series, which opened with an impressive concert from Michelle Wright earlier this year.
Both Macmaster and Leahy are known for their passion for the fiddle, but when the two married in 2002, they became Canada’s premiere fiddle family, combining years of JUNO and East Coast Music Awards under one roof.
This is the first time the duo has been in the area since they last appeared at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival in 2015.
Leamington fans crowded into the amphitheatre to take in the sights and sounds of the music and dancing. Once of the fun moments in the show is when they tore into a Celtic version of the Charlie Daniels Band classic fiddle hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
The MacMaster/Leahy family provided an amazing sendoff to summer and was an exciting close to the Music Onthe42 season. I’m sure fans would welcome them back any time.
Support act Glen MacNeil is an acclaimed acoustic singer-songwriter, whose music embodies the spirit of his Cape Breton Celtic roots, flavoured with hints of country and folk.
All photos by Brent Groh
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: