Up & Coming Weekly

March 17, 2015

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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8 MARCH 18-24, 2015 UCW WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM On March 24, the Givens Performing Arts Center will host Natalie MacMaster and Donell Leahy, both masters of the fiddle, to bring the haunting sounds of Ireland to the area. "We're very excited to have this talented duo perform at Givens, especially this time of year when many in our community are celebrating their Irish ancestry and cultural heritage during St. Patrick's Day," said Chad Locklear the director of marketing at Givens Performing Arts Center. "This is also Donnell Leahy's second time on GPAC's stage. He performed here with his family band, Leahy, during a North Carolina tour that was very well received by GPAC audiences. We can't wait to hear what he and Natalie MacMaster have planned for our audiences and students." The fiddle is a longstanding cornerstone in traditional Irish music. Similar stringed instruments were popular all over Europe. The instrument dates back to around 900 A.D., and it is an integral element in Irish music. Irish music is not the only genre that the fiddle is well suited for, however. In the hands of masters such as Leahy and MacMaster, the instrument can bring life and beauty to any song. Both MacMaster and Leahy began their careers as fiddlers at an early age. The love and skill that they each possess for the instrument and the musical heritage behind it is readily evident in their playing. Another shared passion that the couple has is their family. They were married in 2002 and now have six children who are also learning to embrace their ancient musical heritage. Balancing a career as a musician and as a parent can be challenging, but the amount of dedication that they have for their craft and their family leaves no room for anything but success. This tour is entitled Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond, which gives an interesting look into the unique culture that strongly influenced both artists. Cape Breton is located in Nova Scotia, Canada, but it has a link to a magical island across an ocean. Cape Breton has the only existing Celtic culture in North America. Scottish and Irish immigrants brought their culture to the area in the 1700s and it has been cherished and preserved in the area ever since. From the language, to the food and the music, the Celtic influence is obvious. The music in particular will be on display on March 24. The tour will also include a visual component composed of never before seen footage of the musical duo, intended to provide a look into life in Cape Breton and how the land, culture and people shaped MacMaster and Leahy. MacMaster and Leahy will perform Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Pembroke. The GPAC is located at 1 University Drive in Pembroke. Tickets can be purchased by calling 910-521- 6361 or by visiting www.uncp.edu/gpactickets. Ticket prices range from $21 to $36. For more information, visit https:// www.uncp.edu/student-life/ involvement-opportunities/ givens-performing-arts-center. Givens Performing Arts Center Brings the Sounds of Ireland to Town by ERINN CRIDER Husband and wife duo, Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster will bring a taste of Ireland to the Givens performing Arts Center Stage. 1221 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC Monday - Friday 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday 10 pm - 6 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm 910.867.8700 1400 Walter Reed Road, Suite 130 (All American Freeway & Owen Drive) HOURS: M-S 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. www.LittleItalyFay.com pizzeria & restaurant L i t t l e I t a l y Casual Atmosphere • Parties & Catering Spaghetti PESCATORE with crabmeat & cherry tomato ERINN CRIDER, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com.

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