Canada’s Reigning Couple of Celtic Music Coming to CFCC’s Wilson Center

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is excited to announce that superstar fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy will be at the Center on Friday,  March 22, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. for a spirited night of original music and familiar folk and Celtic cèilidh classics. 

MacMaster and Leahy were already stars in their own right when they married in 2002. Since their union, the globe-trotting couple has recast what contemporary musical success looks like, raising seven gifted children (five of whom regularly take the stage with their famous parents), jamming up the mantelpieces back home with Canadian and international music awards and accolades, and still making time to pitch in on the Leahy family-owned farm in Lakefield, Ontario. 

“I’m continually amazed by what the fiddle has brought to my life,” MacMaster offers. “It has carried me through my childhood, teens, young adult life, married life, and motherhood. And I still love it as much as ever. Same with Donnell. It’s unexpected and awesome.” 

The famous fiddlers’ fandom stretches from Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Sydney, Australia, with everyone from Shania Twain to The Chieftains lining up to sing their praises. Past collaborators have included Yo Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, and banjo ace Béla Fleck. The couple boasts a discography of shared albums, solo recordings, collaborations, and cameo appearances. 

In addition to managing their own successful careers, MacMaster and Leahy launched the beloved annual Greenbridge Celtic Folk Fest in 2017, which, for an August weekend each year, transforms the bucolic agricultural hub of Keene, Ontario, into a foot-stomping, fist-pumping, string-shredding, multi-generational, big-picture Celtic celebration of music. Tickets will be available online to Wilson Center Members beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday,  November 1, 2023, with tickets going on sale online to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on Friday,  November 3, 2023. Tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting the  Ticket Central box office. Ticket Central is open for telephone and in-person sales from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ticket Central may be reached by telephone at 910.362.7999. Questions may also be directed to

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