Cape Breton’s Celtic fiddle prodigy is heading to Truro for an intimate Christmas performance to usher in the season.
Ashley MacIsaac has launched a small Christmas tour around the Maritimes and will be bringing his show to the Marigold Cultural Centre on Sunday, Dec. 17, with a special Christmas show.
“It ain’t no rock show, I’ll put it that way,” he said.
“The show is a combination of carols, some tunes from my older Christmas records, obviously fiddle music and probably a few stories. The whole thing is about the Christmas atmosphere, and while I don’t necessarily put Christ in Christmas, I definitely put Santa in there.”
‘A Celtic Christmas’ will feature MacIsaac on the fiddle along with a few guest performers, including Hilda Chiasson on piano, Maxim Cormier on guitar, and special guest Robert Bouchard.
The show is a departure from his usual rock-infused shows, and focuses more on intimate, acoustic performances of classic songs and Christmas carols.
“I try to be very personable on stage, and tend to get whatever point I am trying to get across to the audience,” said MacIsaac.
“The point of this concert is a joyous, happy, fun, celebration for Christmas time and to get ready for Santa.”
While MacIsaac rose to fame through blending popular music genres with Celtic fiddle, these types of traditional shows better reflect his background, he said.
“I try to make music that gets across to a wider audience across North America, he said.
“Obviously my background is in traditional Celtic music, but knowing the audience I had within my own Celtic community was not big enough for me to make a living when I started, I ventured outside to look at other popular music genres.”
MacIsaac’s unique Celtic fusion music wasn’t necessarily planned in the beginning, but came out of a necessity to succeed, and a willingness to evolve with the changing music scene.
“As a kid and a Cape Bretoner, I learned very young that you have to go away for work,” he said.
“In my line of work, I thought, ‘Well how do you go away and work?’ I never pictured playing in rock clubs, but when I put the music together and all of a sudden started getting gigs in rock clubs, that is just what I did. It’s the Cher version of making music.
“A lot of people say they would die for their art, but I’m not going to be no starving artist, I’ll work for my art.”
MacIsaac and friends will kick off ‘A Celtic Christmas’ at 7:30 p.m. at the Marigold. Tickets are $42.
December at the Marigold
December is here, which means the Christmas season is in full swing.
To help get everyone feeling jolly and of good cheer, the Marigold Cultural Centre has a packed lineup of performers, ranging from Christmas-themed comedy shows to Un Noël Acadien.
This month at the Marigold:
’Tis the Season
Wraps up a four-night engagement, tonight (Monday) – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 14 – 7:30 p.m.
Un Noël Acadien – featuring Cy
Friday, Dec. 15 – 7 p.m.
Adult - $20 Child -$12
God Squad with Frank MacKay & Sam Moon
Saturday, Dec. 16 – 7:30p.m.
The Barra MacNeils ‘A Celtic Christmas’ (at CEC)
Presented by the Marigold and Brookes Diamond Productions
Saturday, Dec. 16 – Cobequid Educational Centre – 7:30 p.m.
The Woodhouse featuring Barbra Lica
Friday, Dec. 22 – 7:30 p.m.