Music has been a part of Natalie MacMaster’s life since she was a child. “I was given a fiddle when I was 9 and I loved it,” she says. “My uncle, Buddy MacMaster, was a great fiddler — very respected — and I loved his music very much.” Inspired by her uncle, the Celtic musician has created a career of her own, spanning international borders. This Friday, she visits Butler University for a performance at Clowes Hall.
The Indianapolis performance will be one of her first since giving birth to her 3-month-old son. Touring in support of her 10th album, Yours Truly, she says those in attendance can expect a high-energy performance fueled by drums, cello, bagpipes and a piano.
“When I say high-energy, I worry people will think its just party music,” she says. “It goes deeper than that. Parts are tender, moving and slow, and at times, lighthearted.”
MacMaster had her first public performance at age 10 during a summer community concert in her hometown of Cape Breton, Canada. Many accolades and opportunities have come her way since then.
One particular career highlight for the two-time Grammy nominee was performing at a memorial for Peter Jennings. “It was an absolute honor to be asked by his wife to perform,” MacMaster says. “It was at Carnegie Hall, which is just a beautiful venue, and the who’s who of New York attended.” She has also performed with some of the top names in music industry, like Paul Simon and Pavarotti.
“There is such a fun side to what I do,” she says. “Like every job it has its downs, but there are so many ups. It keeps life interesting.”