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Grammy-winning Natalie McMaster brings her fiddle to Durham for a Christmas show.

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  • Other highlights: • Tonight, Florida’s Blue Ribbon Healers roll into Broad Street, Nixon, Blevins and Gage appear at Quail Ridge Books & Music, and Downtown Oyster Roast with Larry Keel and Natural Bridge and Acoustic Manner take over Southland Ballroom. On Saturday, John Howie and the Rosewood Bluff will honky-tonk the Casbah, and Claire Lynch plays the Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen on Sunday.

From Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Natalie MacMaster is perhaps the greatest practitioner of Cape Breton-style fiddling. Brought to the Americas by Scottish immigrants, the music has a distinct rhythmic bounce which accents Cape Breton dancing. The Grammy-winning mother of four has recorded 11 acclaimed albums highlighting her talents, and has appeared on recordings by the Chieftains, Yo Yo Ma, and Alison Krauss. On Wednesday, MacMaster brings her fiddle and warm personality to Durham’s Carolina Theatre for her Christmas in Cape Breton show.

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