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Canada’s Leahy Plays Fiddle-Driven, Celtic-Infused Holiday Music November 29

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A Leahy Family Christmas

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State marked the yuletide two years ago with Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, fiddler Natalie MacMaster. One week after Thanksgiving Day the center again celebrates the holiday in a Celtic-Canadian way, but this time the music flows from an exuberant folk-rock-pop band featuring bow wrangler Donnell Leahy and seven of his siblings.

Leahy, making its Eisenhower Auditorium debut at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, performs a triple-threat of fiddle-driven music, dance and vocals—augmented by keyboards, guitar and percussion—influenced by the family’s Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Tickets for A Leahy Family Christmas are $39 for an adult, $20 for a University Park student and $31 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

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