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Part of our 2024 Susquehanna Folk Festival

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy with special guest Poor Man’s Gambit

Friday, August 9, 2024 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre

About This Event:

The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories. But few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Fiddler and step-dancer Natalie MacMaster could be called one of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia’s most important exports. Longtime Susquehanna Folks might remember her 1997 SFMS concert: her fiddle playing was virtuosic, her step-dancing was brilliant, and her audience was amazed that she could do both at the same time. She has gone from rising star to superstar since she was last on our stage, and we are so pleased to welcome her back!

Donnell Leahy, Natalie’s husband and musical collaborator, is known as one of the best fiddlers in the world. Like Natalie, he has been playing and performing for most of his life. His Irish/Cape Breton heritage contributes to the unique sound of his music, which synthesizes traditional influences with more contemporary Celtic/folk sensibilities. The two were married in 2002, and their seven children are following in their parents’ musical footsteps.

with special guest POOR MAN’S GAMBIT

Poor Man’s Gambit

Performing repertoire mainly from Ireland but also from England, Brittany and Scotland, this young trio from the Philadelphia folk scene has already been called “a treasure chest of traditional.”

Corey Purcell is a world-class Irish dancer and a multi-instrumentalist, contributing button accordion, cittern, bodhran and vocals. Fiddler and singer Dierdre Lockman has been pursuing her passion for Irish music and dance since the age of four, and has competed in step dance at the national level. Joseph Carmichael is known for his unique and jazzy approach to accompaniment within the Celtic and folk genres. In addition to guitar and vocals, Joseph also plays whistle and flute.

Visit Poor Man’s Gambit’s website

This event is part of our Susquehanna Folk Weekend

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Venues

Capitol Theatre
Appell Center for the Performing Arts

50 N George St, York, PA 17401

More info at AppellCenter.org including detailed parking info.

The Philadelphia Street parking garage, just across the street, is FREE after 8pm weekdays and all weekend.

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