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Fiddlin' at the Craterian

Southern Oregon University and Jefferson Public Radio's One World Concert Series will present Natalie MacMaster at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, Medford, on Saturday Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

One World is delighted to welcome the return of Cape Breton fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster to the Rogue Valley.

MacMaster's live performances are a testament to her incandescent musicianship and boundless energy featuring foot-tapping rave-ups, heart rendering ballads and world-class step dancing.

MacMaster has proven she is equally adept at setting the house on fire with her exceptional band as she is at hypnotizing a crowd while alone in the footlights.

MacMaster, who plays with what the Los Angeles Times described as "irresistible, keening passion," thrives in both settings. Her fiddling fireworks on both traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies generate a kind of "Traditional Fusion" that is delivered with ferocious energy felt by both her musicians and the audience alike.

To simply describe an evening with Natalie MacMaster is a difficult proposition; many of her enraptured fans often leave her show completely speechless.

Equally at home on the concert stage or at a Folk festival, Natalie MacMaster is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians on both the Folk and Celtic music scenes. She has collaborated and performed with a wide array of artists such as Bela Fleck, The Chieftains, Paul Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, Mark O'Connor and dozens of distinguished symphony orchestras.

To her accomplishments, she's added two Juno Awards for Best Instrumental Album and several Canadian Country Music Awards for Fiddler of the Year; as well as a Grammy nomination in 2000 for My Roots Are Showing in the Best Traditional Folk Album category.

After winning numerous East Coast Music Awards for her early traditional recordings, she began taking Celtic music to new heights with albums like In My Hands, which featured elements of jazz, Latin music and guest vocals by Alison Krauss.

The Boston Herald Proclaimed, "To call Natalie MacMaster the most dynamic performer in Celtic music today is high praise, but it still doesn't get at just how remarkable a concert artist this Cape Breton Island fiddler has become."

Reserved tickets are ($30/$34 for adults; 22/$24 for children 0-12; SOU Student with ID are $10).Call 779-3000; online at ; and at SOU's Raider Aid in the Stevenson Union on the SOU campus and Music Coop, Ashland or call 552-6461.