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Natalie MacMaster must burn a lot of calories during her concerts. The amazing musician from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, not only fiddles but dances, too - at the same time, often in complex, conflicting rhythms. She also indulges in old-fashioned waltzes and storytelling.

Last year about this time, when MacMaster played Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall, a huge crowd turned out to see her footwork and fingerwork. Jim Santella, describing the show later in The News, called MacMaster "a curly-haired perpetual-motion machine" and noted that the fiddler "has the moves of a rock star tempered by the traditional jigs and reels of her Scottish heritage."

See for yourself. In what is becoming an annual tradition, MacMaster is back. She plays at 8 tonight in Rockwell Hall, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Admission is $29.50. Call 878-3005.

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