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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Collection

Disc 1

1. Spey In Spate

2. King Of The Clans

3. Road To The Isle

4. Jean's Reel

5. If Ever You Were Mine

13. Hey, Johnny Cope!

14. E Flat Set

Disc 2

1. The Shakin's O' The Pocky

2. Balmoral Highlanders

3. Space Ceilidh

4. Flora MacDonald

5. Get Me Through December

6. Blue Bonnets Over The Border

7. Flamenco Fling

8. The Farewell

9. Second Figure

10. The Appropriate Dipstick

12. Touch Of A Master's Hand

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Track List: Yours Truly

1. Volcanic Jig

2. Npg

3. Flea As A Bird

4. Farewell To Peter

5. Matt And Nat's

6. David's Jig

7. Danny Boy

8. Traditional Medley

9. Cape Classico

10. Julia's Waltz

11. Mother Nature

12. Interlude

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Track List: Blueprint

1. A Blast

2. Appropriate Dipstick

3. Jig Party

4. Touch Of The Master's Hand

5. Eternal Friendship

6. Gravel Shore

7. Devil And The Dirk

8. The Ewe With The Crooked Horn

9. Josefin's Waltz

10. Bela's Tune

11. Silver Spear

12. Minnie & Alex's Reel

13. My Love, Cape Breton And Me

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Track List: In My Hands

1. In My Hands

2. Welcome To The Trossachs

3. Gramma

4. Blue Bonnets Over The Border

5. New York Jig

6. Flamenco Fling

7. Space Ceilidh

8. Olympic Reel

9. Father John MacLeod's Jig

10. Get Me Through December

11. The Farewell

12. Moxham Castle

13. Mom's Jig

14. Flora MacDonald

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Track List: Fit As A Fiddle

1. John Campbell's, Miss An Moirs Birthday, Lady Georgina Campbell, Angus On The Turnpike, Sheehan's Ree

2. My Dungannon Sweetheart, Scaffies Cairet, Juniper Jig

3. Carnival March, Miller Of Drone, MacKinnon's Brook, Lucy Campbell, Annie Is My Darling, Gordon Cote, Bird's Nest, Maid Behind The Bar

4. Nancy's Waltz

5. Compliments To Sean Maguire, President Garfield, Miss Watt, Casa Loma Castle

6. O'r The Moor Amonth The Heather, Traditional, Lady Mary Ramsay, Jenny Dang The Weaver, The Lassies Of Stewarton, Casa Loma Castle

7. Jean's Reel

8. I'll Always Remember You

9. The Girls At Martinfield, Bennett's Favorite, The Green Fields Of Glentown

10. Counselor's, The Rakes Of Kildare, The Lark In The Morning

11. The Lass Of Carrie Mills, Lennox's Love To Lantyre, Archie Menzies, Lrechwall Forest

12. If Ever You Were Mine

13. The MacNeils Of Udadale, MacLaine Of Loch Buie, Colville's Rant, The MacNeils Of Udadale, MacLaine Of Loch Buie, Colville's Rant, Pibroch O'Donal Dhu

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skow461
Wow! She's really good!
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Excellent , fabulously talented musician ! Music makes me Happy !!
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Just LOVE LOVE LOVE, WHEN r u cmn to WV!��
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I'm dancing around the lab.
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Can't stay in my chair. It's in my blood.
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Sounds great ��
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hallsweb.eh
Cool





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annikajane.c r a w f o r d
I love Matt and Nat's, reminds me of Blackmore's Night a little bit, but with a fiddle, not a mandolin.
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ok folks her and lindsey should play together not as rivals but in an awesome dubstep-fidd l i n g smashup
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lol john
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Dude I should of been an Irishmen but I was born in Michigan
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bartsoucha
David needs some decaf?
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Wow.
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Just
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Nuff tapped.
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Transceltic. c o m adores Natalie MacMaster and David's Jig: Transceltic. c o m
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scottieboy20 2 0
Top two favorite female artists: Lindsey Stirling and Natalie MacMaster.
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Lovely!
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Quite the fiddler, and not too hard to look at either...
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I love the piece "David's Jig" and there was another piece, but I forgot. When I listen to both of those pieces, I immediately think of a really fun folk dance party. :-)
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alex_mcneill
Being that I was born in Nova Scotia, raised in Cape Breton and now living in Dallas, Texas, I cherish seeing and hearing this amazing lady perform when she comes to The North Texas Irish Fest. It immediately brings me to my Cape Breton roots!
If you have ever been to Cape Breton and enjoyed the culture, you would immediately understand!
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It's alright I still love everybody lol rofl
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Thank you. I am in love. I am so sorry so many below are illiterate but at least they appreciate you.
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Peaceful music, may it bring peace to all
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I LOVE her music!!!
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the best song ever wrote
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I saw Natalie MacMaster in a concert with the DSO this past Sunday. It was spectacular. She brought the house down! After the concert we had the opportunity to meet Natalie in person which was delightful.
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Thanks Pandora for the introduction to this star / artist, never heard of her before. She's really good.
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I also belive that her and Lindsay have no competition, they have 2 diffrent styles, and are both amazing, I could NEVER choose between the two
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Natalie is the Queen of the Strings, her music COMPLETLY blows the mind and I think her and Lindsay Stirling should play together sometime. Follow for a Follow if you think Natalie Rules!! :)
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barry.sexton
Pretty cool stuff, I dig it
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Still love her music
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Love her music
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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! !!!
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I think its amazing she did this. Wish I could! :)
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your cool
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your cool
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rgreene1015
This is beautiful!!!
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firstpeterfo u r t e n
Farewell to Peter is a beautiful, sad, expressive, piece. Excellent composition!
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I heard this music up close and personal on a cruise to Cape Breton. I just love it!!!!!
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Fell in love with her when I heard her live once
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kedwards41
I NEVER thought I would have ANY kind of appreciation for THIS music!
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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!
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just fell in love
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I've caught myself doing a jig or two in my art studio when hear i her music. love it!!!
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I like this music
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lbjdirect4
Truly my favorite fiddler and style!
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jclark8038
Amazing
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kimy63
Wow!!!
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Grab your partner and lets do an O'ld dance me heartys!
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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 ;)
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Love it...<3..<3. .
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