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Carol of the fiddle: MacIsaac brings jigs to Collingwood stage

Ashley MacIsaac will play a special Christmas performance on the Gayety Theatre stage next week.
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Ashley MacIsaac will bring his trio to Collingwood on Dec. 15 for a Christmas performance. Contributed photo

Canada’s rockin’ fiddler will be in Collingwood this month for a special Christmas performance.

Ashley MacIsaac will be at the Gayety Theatre one night only (Dec. 15) bringing Christmas carols, fiddle tunes, and stories to the local audience.

MacIsaac lives in Southern Ontario and has been in the Collingwood area before. This time, he’s playing in a trio with Chris Babineau on guitar and Mary MacIntyre on piano and vocals.

Babineau has played guitar for MacIsaac in the past and MacIntyre has had a long career performing with Canadian country acts and Cape Bretoners, according to MacIsaac.

“I try to put a show together that all ages can enjoy,” said MacIsaac in an email to CollingwoodToday. He said the Dec. 15 show may even include some Christmas ghost stories. He also plans on spending time chatting with fans after the show.

MacIsaac is known for his enthusiastic live performances. His debut came in 1992 with his album Close To The Floor.

MacIsaac’s claim to fame is his ability to bend musical genres and make them flow together for a new sound.

“I’m looking forward to playing jigs and reels to keep your toes tapping and carols to work your hearts to the season,” said MacIsaac.

Tickets for the Dec. 15 show are available online here. The show takes place at the Gayety Theatre and starts at 7 p.m.




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