Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Fiddling Sensation Natalie MacMaster, David Bromberg Big Band and Special Guest Angel Band at the Kimmel Center, May 1

APRIL 6, 2009

Natalie MacMaster
"MacMaster’s a ball of fire, performing jigs and reels with unstoppable, foot-tapping energy and ballads with irresistible, keening passion." —Los Angeles Times

Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster shares the bill with David Bromberg Big Band and special guest Angel Band for a spirited evening of music that spans Celtic, blues, country, jazz and folk on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 8pm in Verizon Hall.

Natalie MacMaster has re-energized Cape Breton’s beloved fiddle music tradition with worldwide performances of Celtic music infused with bluegrass, Latin, jazz and pop styling. She and her band explore her cultural roots with a high-energy performance of toe-tapping rave-ups, step-dancing and storytelling on stage. Philadelphia-born guitarist and vocalist David Bromberg and his Big Band close the show with a medley of bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, rock and country music. A forerunner of American roots music, Bromberg has collaborated with such artists as Jerry Jeff Walker and Bob Dylan, and co-wrote the song "The Holdup" with former Beatle George Harrison.

Female vocal trio Angel Band showcases its trademark rich harmonic texture in works ranging from old time "mountain" music to contemporary rock & roll-influenced originals, backed by a stellar line-up of bluegrass musicians, which includes Bromberg on guitar and dobro.

"[David Bromberg] has such control of his audience that he can, at one moment, hold it in his hand with tender, touching yet funny anecdotal song, and then set it romping and stomping with a raucous bit of raunch. He is electrifying." —New York Times

Tickets for Natalie MacMaster, David Bromberg Big Band and Special Guest Angel Band are available for $26, $37, $44, $51 and $59 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center box office open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on performance evenings. (Additional fees may apply.) For group sales call 215-790-5883.

A limited number of $10 tickets are available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance at the Kimmel Center. Tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning at 5:30pm prior to evening curtain time and 11:30am for matinees. Limit one ticket per person.

"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." —Boston Herald

A native of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Natalie MacMaster has taken the traditional sounds of her homeland in new directions while staying true to her Celtic roots. Since releasing her first album at age 16, MacMaster has showcased her signature sound on 10 albums, including her most recent collaboration, Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace (2008). She has garnered critical acclaim on folk, world and pop music stages around the globe, and in collaborations with musicians ranging from operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti to guitarist Carlos Santana and fellow fiddlers Alison Krauss and Mark O'Connor. MacMaster also records and performs with her husband and fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy of the Canadian family band Leahy. She has been awarded two Juno Awards for Best Instrumental Album and a Grammy® Award nomination, and has been named the Canadian Country Music Association's "Fiddler of the Year." MacMaster’s most recent project, an album of traditional Celtic music, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2009.

A virtuoso on guitar, mandolin and dobro as well as a talented songwriter, David Bromberg has amassed a cult following since the Greenwich Village folk revival of the mid-60’s. His wry vocals and exceptional guitar-picking skills can be heard on more than 15 albums as a leader and more than 100 as a sideman, including recordings with Tom Paxton, Chubby Checker and Ringo Starr. Following a 20-year hiatus during which he studied violin-making, Bromberg now performs and records alternately as a solo artist, and with the David Bromberg Quartet, the David Bromberg Big Band and as a member of Angel Band’s back-up ensemble. Bromberg’s first studio album in 17 years, Try Me One More Time (2007), was nominated for a Grammy® Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. His most recent release, Live New York City 1982 (2008), features a live performance with his quartet. Bromberg currently owns and operates a violin repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware.

Since its inception in 2006, Angel Band has showcased the soaring three part harmonies of Nancy Josephson, Jen Schonwald and Kathleen Weber backed by a versatile band of musicians. The ensemble originally formed out of a series of weekly jam sessions headed up by David Bromberg, Josephson’s husband, and has since delighted audiences at Merlefest, Bonaroo and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, among other venues, as well on the recent release With Roots & Wings (2007). Leading the trio, Josephson has collaborated as a vocalist and bass player with the Buffalo Gals, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Rowan and Fiddle Fever. A veteran of the Philadelphia folk scene, Schonwald performs as vocalist and guitarist with Full Frontal Folk. Weber has collaborated with Moravian Women's choir, singer-songwriter Steven Kelly and most recently with Philadelphia-based Los Manatees. Alison Paige will perform with Angel Band at the Kimmel Center in place of Schonwald, who is on hiatus.

Kimmel Center Presents' 2008-09 Season is sponsored by Citi. The Great Orchestras on Tour Series is supported by 10 Rittenhouse Square. Additional support is provided by PENN Medicine, Jacobs Music, Inc., American Express, and Interpark. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. NBC-10 is a media partner for Kimmel Center Presents.

Free in the Plaza programming and subsidized tickets offered to the community and social service groups for $10 are made possible through the Wachovia Gateway to the Arts Community Access Program, supported by a generous grant from the Wachovia Foundation.

The Kimmel Center is the recipient of partnership funding through the nationally recognized PNC "Grow Up Great" initiative, a ten-year, $100 million investment in preparing children for success in school and life. Funding gives support to the Kimmel Center's early childhood program "Bop and Swing," an arts program for children 1-5 years old, designed to promote an appreciation for American culture.


Friday, May 1, 2009 | 8pm
Verizon Hall
World & Pop Series

Natalie MacMaster Band

Natalie MacMaster, fiddle
Mac Morin, dancer, piano, keyboards
Nathaniel Smith, cello
Elmer Deagle, guitar, mandolin, banjo

David Bromberg Big Band

David Bromberg, guitars, fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Butch Amiot, bass, vocals
Mitch Corbin, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals
Jeff Wisor, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals
Richard Crooks, drums
John Firmin, tenor sax, flute, pennywhistle
Peter Ecklund, trumpet
Curtis Linberg, trombone

Angel Band

Nancy Josephson, vocals, accordion
Kathleen Weber, vocals
Aly Paige, vocals
Marc Moss, guitar, mandolin, drums, accordion
Bob Taylor, bass
David Bromberg, guitar, dobro
Nate Grower, fiddle


Friday, May 1, 2009 | 6pm
Commonwealth Plaza | Spring Fling
Tin Bird Choir

Tin Bird Choir is the husband-and-wife duo of Eric and Heather Hurlock backed by musicians Josh Sceurman, Ellen Houle and Daniel Bower. They have earned growing acclaim in the Philadelphia region for their distinctive "alt-folk barn rock" sound. Rooted in the rural hulls of Pennsylvania, Eric’s original songs are built with organic harmonies and melodies that range from lilting to urgent. It’s an old sound with a modern sensibility. This Spring Fling performance will take place prior to the ticketed concert by Natalie MacMaster and David Bromberg Big Band with special guest Angel Band in Verizon Hall.

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