I received the following e-mail today:
Don’t Regret Missing Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
Natalie and Donnell are going to put on a night to remember!Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 releasing her debut album Four on the Floor. Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists.The most recent album by MacMaster, Cape Breton Girl, has been self-described as a “straight-ahead, traditional record.” The album is filled with an invigorating collection of toe-tapping jigs, reels, and strathspeys that embodies her most cherished values, her family and home, tradition, and faith.
I hereby promise not to regret missing Natalie and Donnell in the slightest. Partly because I have never found strathspeys particularly invigorating. Partly because there has been no independent analysis as to whether Cape Breton Girl is either straight-ahead or traditional. But mostly because I can’t trust Natalie and Donnell to provide me a night to remember if they can’t even remember to tell me who Donnell Leahy is or what he will contribute to the evening. He might just be the guy who taps his toe during the jigs.