This Christmas, Celtic music superstars and parents Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy and their seven children are opening their doors and inviting us to be a part of their holiday celebration. It’s an unforgettable evening of Christmas music, dance and storytelling, as well as a window on the world of this talented family, along with their special guests Jackie Evancho and Shawn Hook. An evening that celebrates the Celtic Christmas tradition of opening doors and welcoming family, friends and neighbours to share the hearth, the music, and the warmth of family.
This year is extra special, as Natalie, Donnell and their older children (aged 3-12) also celebrated the arrival of a new baby girl, Maria. This will be Maria’s first Christmas. And although they’ve immersed themselves in music and travelled the world playing sold-out shows, the whole family will be showing Maria, and us, what is most important to them at Christmas time – their family. The special will feature an intimate concert setting, with an audience surrounding the stage.
Natalie, Donnell, their children and their guests share their favourite traditional holiday classics like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Little Drummer Boy, The 12 Days of Christmas and Ding Dong Merrily on High – featuring the fiddlers, drummers, pipers and dancers that are part of this extended multigenerational family – this will certainly be the hottest place on a cold winter night.
Full of extraordinary dancing, beautiful singing and mind-blowing fiddling, A Celtic Family Christmas will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit.