Caberfeidh Productions presents Cassie and Maggie MacDonald Feb. 7 at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College.
ST. PETERSBURG – A year after their outstanding Florida debut with Caberfeidh Productions, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald are returning to St. Petersburg Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., for a show at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Cassie and Maggie are 2011 Galaxie Rising star award winners, and 2012 ECMA nominees for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year for their debut album “Fresh Heirs.” The evening will feature original and traditional Celtic music ranging from Cape Breton reels to Antigonish polkas and more.
According to their press kit, Cassie and Maggie “encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act.”
Billed as exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. Cassie and Maggie stay true to their Celtic roots while charting – and testing – the boundaries of traditional music. They are known for bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements.
Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.
Born in Halifax, with strong roots in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the musicians got their start wowing audiences across Canada with their unique blend of original and traditional Celtic music. Cassie’s fiddle playing has been described as sweet and elegant with just the right amount of raw power. Maggie’s piano playing has an irresistible drive and compliments Cassie’s playing perfectly. Together these delightful sisters are far more than the average fiddle and piano duo: Cassie is an award winning highland and step dancer and also sings harmony for Maggie. In addition to her virtuosic piano playing, Maggie sings lead, plays guitar and is also an accomplished step dancer.
Their music fits together seamlessly, encompassing various styles from Cape Breton reels to Antigonish Polkas, Quebecois fiddling and footwork to down east standards. Their vocal harmonies are sweet yet powerful and their step dancing exact and exciting, showing off their youthful charm and energy.
The siblings were born to a family with a rich musical heritage. Raised in Nova Scotia, a province steeped in musical culture and traditions, the girls have used their unique upbringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic Roots music. They are equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians as they are seamlessly weaving themes from the Moonlight Sonata into sets of surefire reels.
Appearing on stages across Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Bermuda and the UK, since their first festival performance at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Ontario, the girls have gone on to be soloists in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and International Polizi Show in Hamburg, Germany. They also performed for the French Ambassador in Paris, France. Cassie and Maggie played at the independence day celebrations on Bermuda Island, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour festival, Celtic Classic festival, Stan Rogers International Songwriters festival and Festival Memoires et Racines in Jolliette, Quebec.
This year will prove to be the busiest and most exciting yet with performances at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Celtic Colours International festival and Ocrafolk festival in NC, again, just to name a few.