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Natalie MacMaster

The niece of influential Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster, Natalie MacMaster has turned the music of Cape Breton, an island off the east coast of Canada near Nova Scotia, into an international phenomenon. Whether performing with her band, featuring guitar, piano, bass, drums and percussion, or with a classical orchestra such as the Edinburgh Symphony, MacMaster has thrilled audiences with her exciting fiddling and dynamic stage persona.

Inspired by the musical members of her family, MacMaster began playing fiddle at the age of nine on an instrument given her by a great-uncle. She took formal lessons along with her cousin, Ashley MacIsaac, with whom she played often as a youngster.

After releasing two self-produced cassette-only albums -- 4 On the Floor in 1989 and Road to the Isle in 1990 -- MacMaster expanded her following with her first release in the United States, Fit as a Fiddle, which received a East Coast Music Award as Best Roots/Traditional Album of 1992. Tracks from MacMaster's first two albums were reissued by Rounder as A Compilation in 1997. MacMaster's first album released by Warner Brothers Canada, No Boundaries, included "Drunken Piper" (featuring vocals by Cookie Rankin of the Rankin Family), and established her as one of the top musicians in Canada. In addition to hosting the East Coast Music Awards, MacMaster received awards as "Female Artist of the Year, Roots/Traditional Artist of the Year and Instrumental Artist of the Year. MacMaster was also named Fiddler of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. The album was dedicated to the memory of MacMaster's grandmother, Margaret Ann Beaton, who would often sing Gaelic lyrics to songs that MacMaster was learning on the fiddle.

MacMaster has maintained such a busy schedule as a performer that she had to turn down an invitation to be a featured musician in the Irish music and dance production Lord of the Dance. In 1995, MacMaster performed for more than 80,000 people as the opening act for Carlos Santana in Chattanooga, TN. The following year, she spent four weeks as the opening act for the Chieftains on their tour of the United States. MacMaster's fiddling has also been heard on television commercials for Tim Horton Donuts and General Motors Pontiac.

MacMaster released her second album for Warner Brothers Canada in 1998. In My Hands arrived a year later, followed by the U.S. release of My Roots Are Showing in 2000. After 2002's Live, MacMaster's put out the ambitious Blueprint, a progressive celtic juggernaut that employed a full drum kit, numerous co-arrangers and session musicians. It was followed in 2006 by the similarly themed Yours Truly. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Still love her music
Love her music
willeez1
Love love love Natalie. ..my roots are cape Breton as well...and she touches my soul with her amazing fiddle arrangement. So nice to hear her on pandora! !!!
monicamc1970
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
I think its amazing she did this. Wish I could! :)
your cool
your cool
rgreene1015
This is beautiful!!!
firstpeterfo u r t e n
Farewell to Peter is a beautiful, sad, expressive, piece. Excellent composition!
I heard this music up close and personal on a cruise to Cape Breton. I just love it!!!!!
Fell in love with her when I heard her live once
kedwards41
I NEVER thought I would have ANY kind of appreciation for THIS music!
wwwgreaves
Love it every time. Was in the Red Shoe in Mabou, Cape Breton Island on vacation when she came in one night to do some jamming. Fantastic!
just fell in love
I've caught myself doing a jig or two in my art studio when hear i her music. love it!!!
I like this music
lbjdirect4
Truly my favorite fiddler and style!
jclark8038
Amazing
Wow!!!
Grab your partner and lets do an O'ld dance me heartys!
ILUVITILUVIT I L U V I T I L U V I T I L U V I T ! ! ! ! ! :-D
I may look like an absolute imbecile trying to dance to it, but I don't even CARE!!!!! :-D
I think Nat MacMaster is better than Lindsey Stirling as far as musicianship , but ingenuity goes to Lindsey. Natalie is definitely a better dancer though. and she has a much cooler accent ;)
Love it...<3..<3. .
sheryll.ryan
Prior to a trip to Cape Breton Island, off Nova Scotia,where Natalie McMaster lives, I learned about the Scots fiddlers from that region. To be honest, I can't really tell the difference between Irish and Scot's fiddle music, but I've seen Natalie in concert and she can step dance as well as she plays fiddle!! Do see her on stage if you ever have the chance--she puts on quite a show.
I love this!
As the Irish Music is Real as Blessed, for the world has Enhanced This Society & Music
Let Us All Never Forget The Music & Grand Culture

Always!!
Love & Thought
H.J RUSSELL & FAMILY!!
I like the sound of Irish music! Happy St. Patrick's day! ����
@ledzepp I love Lindsey Stirling! She is very talented, and one reason while she is so popular is because she has very original music! Natalie is great but Irish music has always been around the same but Lindsey made something completely new! Unless you can beat Lindsey in a violin battle I would shut up!
She is so awesome!!
Miss the irish bar and irish friends and the beer : D
Awesome. Love it! ^_^
U know this isn't bad. Nice job Natalie!!
@mj If you knew much about her part of Canada, you'd know that most of the sea faring folk in that part of the world have Irish or Scottish roots.
Love the violin!!! It's so cool!!
mjhealthwork s
She's from Canada how's that make this Irish? It's folk music and it's pretty darned good!!
Natalie is amaaaaaazing .
I don't understand why Lindsay is so popular. There are many violists with more skills than her and talent. Her pieces are really primitive and simple. This is real music.
nesa.clark91
Natalie makes the strings have a voice all of their own. Soul stirring.
noahgarcia13 5
sponge, i kinda agree if you r talking about lindsey stirling
Stirling is better
@Kaelob Ostrom
That has nothing to do with liking this music. I have friends who aren't Irish and like this sort of music, and people in my family like my sister don't like this music, despite being Irish
I am Irish so I like this music
I am a huge fan of both stirling and macmaster. Lindsey is innovative in style and persona, but as far as raw talent is concerned (i. e. Take away the background music) Natalie would win I think......
lhbweeramuni
I agree with superkid 761 and joey_012; almost (and close) to Lindsey
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
mattnh87
doesn't compare to Sterling. my quickest thumbs-down on pandora are always Sterling pieces, seems like she's only popular for her looks
She should team up with lindsey
tyler.davis5 4
dbrian lol!
superkid761
joey_012 is right.not better than lindsey sterling."go lindsey go"
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