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Encore Concert Brings Master Fiddler Back to Poway

Natalie MacMaster returns to PCPA on Saturday evening.

Fiddler Natalie MacMaster is ready for her encore.

The Grammy Award winner, who made her Poway debut in 2008, returns to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday. She’ll perform songs from her 2011 release, “Cape Breton Girl,” alongside bandmembers Eric Breton, Nate Douglas, Mac Morin and Nathaniel Smith.

POW! Foundation Executive Director Michael Rennie said “Cape Breton Girl” inspired MacMaster’s return to the PCPA.

“With a new album out we thought, ‘What better time to welcome back an old friend and audience favorite?’ ” he said. “We are immensely proud to be Natalie MacMaster’s chosen venue.”

In addition to releasing several albums, the self-proclaimed Cape Breton girl has performed in historic venues including Carnegie Hall and Massey Hall. She has appeared alongside other artists such as The Chieftans, Alison Krauss, and her husband Donnell Leahy during their 2010 tour.

As evident in the title of her latest album, MacMaster said her music is strongly influenced by her roots in Cape Breton, the northernmost island in Nova Scotia.

“I’ve always felt I can be a part of any type of music,” she said. “But certainly, no matter how it comes out, it always has the Cape Breton groove.”

MacMaster, who began playing the fiddle when she was 9 years old and released her first album when she was 16, said her early start as a musician allowed her fans to witness her transformation from a young girl with a fiddle into a woman who can command the stage.

“I think they’ve watched me grow from a youthful new musician into a mature and confident performer,” MacMaster said.

Rennie said MacMaster’s talent will captivate and inspire the audience when she returns to the Poway stage with fiddle in hand.

“Natalie is one of those rare performers who can dazzle you with her virtuosity, all the while planting this seed that, ‘Hey, maybe I could do this,’ ” he said.

Tickets for Saturday’s show start at $45 for adults and can be purchased through the PCPA website and box office at (858) 748-0505. Seats are available in all sections except the center orchestra.

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