Kyle and I went to see Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy play last night. It was billed as “Masters of the Fiddle: Two of the World’s Most Celebrated Fiddlers,” and it was right here in Livermore. And it was excellent! They’re a married couple that both play the fiddle (though normally they tour with their own separate bands) and they were accompanied by two awesome pianists whose names I can’t remember. It was so much fun! They do a lot of hopping and stomping and dancing while they play, and the audience was clapping along for a good portion of the show. I found it particularly amazing that she does all this while 7 months pregnant with their fourth child! They have their kids on tour with them, and at one point, while Donnell was talking about something or other, we heard one of them call out to her daddy from the wings. It was cute.
If you want to hear some of their music, click here to watch a TED talk they gave several years ago.
Anyway. We had a great time, so I’m glad we went!