June 21 was a fabulous day at Lakeside where we spend the summer. The weather couldn’t have been better. There was a great car show on the lawn of the hotel (love those mid-50s models) during the day which we strolled through after dinner.
The evening program at Hoover Auditorium was fiddler Natalie MacMaster with her husband Donnel Leahy with a cute as a bug performance by 4 of their 6 children. She grew up on Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia had plays traditional Celtic music and American blue grass and provides step dancing (quite a feat since I think the youngest child is about 9 weeks old). The couple were married in 2002. Each had careers in the “fiddling” industry—he plays with the Leahys ( 8 of 11 brothers and sisters who perform together) and she usually is with her own group. But they were fabulous together. His leg was in a cast, but he scooted around the stage on a chair. The pianist also danced, and there was a bass guitarist, and guitarist from Scotland who also played accordion.
I’ve rarely seen a performance with so much energy, yet a casual, at home flavor. And they gave us 90+ minutes and brought down the house with some funny stories and a smashing medley to say thanks and good-bye.
I don’t know if she really cooks (6 children and a musical career? I wouldn’t), but she does have a recipe collection on her web site. Wish I’d had this one last week when I was looking for ways to use up the carrots. Agnes’ Carrot Casserole.