MIAC takes viewers home for A Celtic Family Christmas

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Internationally acclaimed musicians Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy and their seven children will open their doors and invite Erie audiences to be a part of their holiday celebration when the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture presents A Celtic Family Christmas At Home on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

This special hour-long virtual performance will include music and dance, personal stories, holiday traditions, and candid moments. The program will include some traditional and original music with the whole family but also a few special numbers with MacMaster and Leahy’s band, including Mac Morin on piano, Mark Kelso on drums, Remi Arsenault on bass, and Elmer Ferrer on guitar. 

For decades, MacMaster and Leahy have toured extensively at Christmas, but their plans were interrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ve heard it said that every disadvantage creates an opportunity,” said MacMaster. “Well, we have embraced this chance to perform for a crowd in such a unique way and are eagerly awaiting the moment you all show up at our front door, ready to welcome you home!”

With over half a million albums sold, MacMaster and Leahy have amassed countless awards, including a GRAMMY, five JUNO awards, 20 East Coast Music Association awards, and five Canadian Country Music Association’s “Fiddler of the Year” awards, as well as three honorary doctorates, an induction into the Casino Nova Scotia Hall of Fame, and a membership in the Order of Canada.

This program is part of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture Fall 2020 Virtual Programming lineup. All virtual performances are free, but registration is required. For more information, and to register, visit the MIAC website.

A Celtic Family Christmas At Home is made possible through the generous support of Dr. & Mrs. Robert Guelcher.