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May 3, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Natalie MacMaster has the look of a pop star: blond, slender, vivacious and outgoing. Her stage performances are whirling flashes of music and movement, her thick mane of hair flying as she whips her bow across her fiddle. That's right, fiddle. If MacMaster, a highly regarded violinist in the Celtic music world, ever surfaces in the pop pool, it's not going to be via her singing, rapping or hip-hop dancing skills. Singing and rapping, in particular, are out of the question.
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November 9, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Natalie MacMaster is a revelation to anyone who sees the Cape Breton fiddler in action for the first time. Slender and nimble, ever in motion, blond hair flying, she rips off her traditional licks with an effervescent enthusiasm. And when she combines her fiddle playing -- usually at the climax of her performances -- with a flashing set of step dancing moves, there is an understandable burst of cheers and applause. Her recordings obviously don't produce quite that sort of result.
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November 9, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Natalie MacMaster is a revelation to anyone who sees the Cape Breton fiddler in action for the first time. Slender and nimble, ever in motion, blond hair flying, she rips off her traditional licks with an effervescent enthusiasm. And when she combines her fiddle playing -- usually at the climax of her performances -- with a flashing set of step dancing moves, there is an understandable burst of cheers and applause. Her recordings obviously don't produce quite that sort of result.
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May 3, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Natalie MacMaster has the look of a pop star: blond, slender, vivacious and outgoing. Her stage performances are whirling flashes of music and movement, her thick mane of hair flying as she whips her bow across her fiddle. That's right, fiddle. If MacMaster, a highly regarded violinist in the Celtic music world, ever surfaces in the pop pool, it's not going to be via her singing, rapping or hip-hop dancing skills. Singing and rapping, in particular, are out of the question.
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November 17, 1997 | DON HECKMAN
Two distinct forms of Celtic music showed up at the Veterans Wadsworth Theater on Saturday in the performances of Solas and Natalie MacMaster. And each was well worth hearing. Solas, an all-star group featuring the multi-instrumental virtuosity of Seamus Egan, used its stunning skills to reinterpret a rich array of traditional music.
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August 8, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Natalie MacMaster strode on stage Saturday night with the confident gait of a performer accustomed to commanding a venue -- even one as large as the Hollywood Bowl. And she proceeded to do precisely that as the guest performer in a program appropriately titled "The Highland Fling: A Celtic Celebration."
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August 3, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The four installments of the Hollywood Bowl's World Festival '99 on Sunday were subtitled "North America," because the acts--the Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre, Nova Scotian fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez and blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks--all spring from this hemisphere. But the range of sounds and rhythms was no less global than the previous festival offerings.
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January 23, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Chieftains have been a world-music staple for nearly four decades, and they play the Southland with great regularity. Given all that exposure, yet another concert by the Irish ensemble might easily trigger a been-there, done-that reaction. Yet their shows are consistently sold out to enthusiastic crowds. Why such a spirited response? The reasons were obvious in the first of a pair of concerts Sunday at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
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August 1, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What's up with Celtic music? The performance by violinist Natalie MacMaster and the Irish groups Altan and Lunasa broke through the 10,000-ticket barrier at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, peaking at more than 12,000 enthusiastic listeners. Granted that MacMaster and Altan, in particular, are top-line acts, it was still surprising to see the Bowl filled with such a substantial crowd for a world music concert.
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March 9, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Compositions by Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel and Gershwin will make up the program for The Bach Camerata's concert at 8 tonight at the Music Academy of the West in Montecito. General admission is $18. Call (800) 557-BACH. The academy is located at 1070 Fairway Road.
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November 6, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Riverdance" has helped to open the floodgates of Celtic music and dance for American audiences. Listeners whose awareness of Irish music was limited to St. Patrick's Day renderings of "Danny Boy" have now been exposed to the music of the Chieftains, Altan, the Boys of the Lough, Leahy, Eileen Ivers and dozens of other artists working under the broad, eclectic umbrella of Celtic music. But get ready for something a little bit different.
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June 5, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Renee Bodie, the driving force behind the Los Angeles Acoustic Music Festival, managed to snare an impressive roster of classic folk music artists for the inaugural event, taking place Saturday and Sunday on the Santa Monica Pier. Nanci Griffith, Richard Thompson, Bruce Cockburn, David Lindley, David Bromberg and Eliza Gilkyson are slated to perform this weekend at what Bodie hopes will become an annual celebration of music from the heart.
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