Clogging Fever Sweeps Green
by Paul Bass | Jun 19, 2011 4:23 pm
Posted to: Arts & Entertainment, Downtown
Whenever the music started on the main stage of the New Haven Green, Natalie MacMaster stopped talking.
The lyrical notes of the fiddle tunes of her native Cape Breton, Canada, did the talking for MacMaster as she fired up a crowd at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas Saturday night.
Without the need for a microphone to sing into, and with the help of two mic pick-ups for her fiddle strapped to the back of a superhero-style belt, MacMaster was free to jam face-to-face with her back-up musicians, keyboardist Mac Morin, cellist Nathaniel Smith, and drummer J.D. Blair.
And she clogged, step-danced, even moonwalked across the stage throughout over an hour of high-energy playing.
At one point, between songs, MacMaster did instruct the crowd in some traditional folk steps. She expected the crowd to dance along with her.
Yair and Shula Minsky obliged ...
... as did others ...
... of all ages.
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