The Masters of Fiddle Lay Claim to Cain Park On June 22 Starring Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

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Together, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy as The Masters of Fiddle, meld their virtuosity into a whirlwind of fiddle-driven song and dance, taking the best of French, Celtic, American Bluegrass and even Cajun styles and transforming it all into a whole new and unique musical experience. They perform June 22 at Cain Park.

The Masters of Fiddle, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, perform June 22 at Cain Park.

The Masters of Fiddle, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, perform June 22 at Cain Park.

MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable energy and ballads with irresistible keening passion. LA Times

Almost fifteen years after her first performance at Cain Park in 2000, Grammy-nominated fiddler Natalie MacMaster will be returning to Cleveland Heights for a concert on June 22, 2014 in the Evans Amphitheater. But this time, she will be accompanied by her husband, Donnell Leahy, who is a renowned fiddler as well, in The Masters of Fiddle.

Tickets for this event, which begins at 7pm, are $32 and $29.50 reserved, $22 lawn in advance and $35/32.50/25 the day of the show. They can be purchased at Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) or the Cain Park Ticket Office (216-371-3000). Cain Park is located at Lee Road and Superior Road in Cleveland Heights.

A free parking shuttle service is available for this concert made possible by Motorcars Honda/Toyota/Scion. The shuttle runs one hour before showtime (it will not run once the concert begins) and up to one hour after the concert ends. Those interested should park at Cleveland Heights City Hall (40 Severance Circle, 44118). Shuttle pick-up is in front of Cleveland Heights City Hall.

Although Natalie MacMaster began playing the fiddle when she was nine years old, her musical career didn’t begin until 1989, when she debuted her first recorded album, Four on the Floor, at the age of sixteen. Since then, she has released eleven albums across her three-decade career, including her most recent CD, Cape Brenton Girl (2011). MacMaster has done collaborations with numerous artists, the most notable being her recording with Yo-Yo Ma, which won a Grammy Award.

Donnell Leahy is, according to Adds record executive Geoff Kulawick, “quite likely the greatest fiddle player in the world right now.” In addition to touring with wife Natalie MacMaster, he is the head of the Leahy family band, an eight-piece band that has earned multiple JUNO Awards, including Best New Group and Best Instrumental Album. The Leahy band also opened for Shania Twain’s "Come On Over" world tour in 1998. Leahy married MacMaster in 2002, and has been collaborating with her ever since.

A pre-concert beer tasting, in partnership with The BottleHouse Brewery, will be available to ticket holders for an additional $10, and will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 on June 22. In order to purchase tickets for this event, call 216-371-3000 or buy online.

This concert is supported by WKSU. Cain Park 2014 season sponsors include Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Ohio Arts Council, Severance Town Center, Intercontinental Hotels – Cleveland, and Motorcars Honda/Toyota/Scion. A free parking shuttle service will be provided at this event.

Cain Park, a municipally owned and operated summer arts park and one of the nation’s oldest landmark outdoor theatres entering its 76th season, is produced by the City of Cleveland Heights and is located on Superior Road between Lee and South Taylor roads.

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