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Natalie MacMaster

Natalie MacMaster in 2004. Photo by Forrest L. Smith, III.
Background information
Born June 13, 1972 (1972-06-13) (age 36)
Origin Inverness County, Nova Scotia
Canada Flag of Canada
Genre(s) Cape Breton fiddle music
Instrument(s) Fiddle, vocals
Years active 1989 – present
Associated acts Buddy MacMaster
Donnell Leahy
Website www.nataliemacmaster.com

Natalie MacMaster CM (born June 13, 1972) is an award-winning fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is one of the best-known musicians in the tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music, and has made a highly successful career as a touring musician, travelling to Europe and Asia and doing as many as 250 shows in a year. is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Inverness County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cape Breton fiddling is a lively regional violin style which falls within the Celtic Music idiom. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... “Fiddler” redirects here. ... Hugh Alan Buddy MacMaster, CM , ONS , LL.D (born October 18, 1924) is one of the most renowned artists in the tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music. ... The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system of honours, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the orders Latin motto, taken from Hebrews 11:16, desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning they desire a better country. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Fiddler” redirects here. ... Inverness County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. ... Motto: Munit Hae et Altera Vincit (Latin: One defends and the other conquers) Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Largest metro Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English (de facto), French Government Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 11 Senate... Cape Breton fiddling is a lively regional violin style which falls within the Celtic Music idiom. ...


MacMaster has toured with many famous performers, including the Chieftains, Faith Hill, Carlos Santana and Alison Krauss. She has appeared at many music festivals worldwide, including the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, Celtic Connections in Scotland, and MerleFest in the United States. The Chieftains are a Grammy-winning Irish musical group founded in 1963, known for performing and popularizing Irish traditional music. ... Audrey Faith Perry McGraw, known professionally as Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967), is an American country singer, known for her commercial success as well as her marriage to fellow country singer Tim McGraw. ... For the Costa Rican soccer player, see Carlos Santana (footballer); for the Mexican academic, see Carlos Santana Morales. ... Alison Krauss (born July 23, 1971)[1] is an American bluegrass-country singer and fiddle player. ... Celtic Colours is an international celtic music festival held annually in October on Cape Breton Island. ... For other uses, see Cape Breton. ... The Celtic Connections festival started in 1994 in Glasgow, Scotland, and has since been held every January. ... This article is about the country. ... MerleFest is an annual Americana music festival held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina by Wilkes Community College at the end of April. ...

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Background

MacMaster is the daughter of Alex and Minnie (Beaton) MacMaster, and the niece of Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster. She is the cousin of two other well-known Cape Breton fiddlers, Ashley MacIsaac and Andrea Beaton, and also a neighbour of folk-artist Travis MacRae. She was born on June 13 1972. In 2002, she married fiddler Donnell Leahy of the Leahy family band, and moved to Lakefield, Ontario, where she currently resides with her husband and two children. On December 3, 2005 she gave birth to a daughter, Mary Frances Rose. Her second child, Michael Joseph Alexander, was born on June 23, 2007. Hugh Alan Buddy MacMaster, CM , ONS , LL.D (born October 18, 1924) is one of the most renowned artists in the tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music. ... Ashley Dwayne MacIsaac (born February 24, 1975) is a professional fiddler born in Creignish, Nova Scotia, Canada. ... Travis MacRae is a Canadian singer/songwriter known for his folk (or folk blues) music, for his accomplished guitar and harmonica playing, and for his rough, somewhat Southern-styled vocals. ... Leahy is the name of a Canadian folk music group. ... Lakefield (population 2400) is a village that is part of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield, Peterborough County, Ontario, although it was formerly a separate village. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


MacMaster began playing the fiddle at the age of 9, and made her performing debut the same year at a square dance in Glencoe Mills, Nova Scotia. When she was 16 she released her first album, Four on the Floor, and a second album, Road to the Isle, followed in 1991. Both of these self-produced albums were initially released only on cassette, but Rounder Records omitted a few tracks and re-released as A Compilation in 1998. “Fiddler” redirects here. ... Rounder Records, originally of Cambridge, Massachusetts but now based in Burlington, is an independent record label founded in 1970 by Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy, while all three were still university students. ... A Compilation, an album by Natalie MacMaster, was released in 1998 on the Rounder Records label. ...


In recent years she has expanded her musical repertoire, mixing her Cape Breton roots with music from Scotland and Ireland, as well as American bluegrass. For other uses, see Cape Breton. ... This article is about the country. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ...


She has received a number of Canadian music awards, including several "Artist of the Year" awards from the East Coast Music Association, two Juno awards for best instrumental album, and "Fiddler of the Year" from the Canadian Country Music Association. MacMaster was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Niagara University in New York in 2006. In 2006, she was made a member of the Order of Canada.[1] The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands. ... The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) was founded in 1976 as the Academy of Country Music Entertainment to organize, promote and develop a Canadian country music industry. ... Niagara University is a Roman Catholic university in the Vincentian tradition, located in the Town of Lewiston in Niagara County, New York. ... The Order of Canada is the highest civilian honour within the Canadian system of honours, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the orders Latin motto, taken from Hebrews 11:16, desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning they desire a better country. ...


Discography

Albums

  • Four on the Floor, Astro Custom Records ACC-4979, 1989
  • Road to the Isle, Astro Custom Records ACC-49290, 1991
  • Fit as a Fiddle, Rounder Records CD7022, 1993
  • A Compilation, Rounder Records CD7021, 1996
  • No Boundaries, Rounder Records CD7023, 1996
  • In My Hands, Rounder Records CD7025, 1999
  • My Roots Are Showing, Rounder Records 11661-7033-2, 2000
  • Live, Rounder Records 11661-7048-2, 2002 (2-disc set)
  • Blueprint, Rounder Records CD7056, 2003
  • Traditional Music from Cape Breton Island (with Buddy MacMaster), 2005
  • Yours Truly, 2006

Rounder Records, originally of Cambridge, Massachusetts but now based in Burlington, is an independent record label founded in 1970 by Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy, while all three were still university students. ... A Compilation, an album by Natalie MacMaster, was released in 1998 on the Rounder Records label. ... No Boundaries, an album by Natalie MacMaster, was released in 1997 on the Rounder Records label. ... Live, a double album by Natalie MacMaster, was released in 2002 on the Rounder Records label. ... Blueprint, an album by Natalie MacMaster, was released in 2003 on the Rounder Records label. ... Hugh Alan Buddy MacMaster, CM , ONS , LL.D (born October 18, 1924) is one of the most renowned artists in the tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music. ...

Compilations

  • Traditional Music From Cape Breton Island, Nimbus NI5383, 1993 (two tracks)
  • Celtic Colours — The Road Home, 1997 (one track)
  • Celtic Colours — The Second Wave, 1998 (one track)
  • Celtic Colours — Forgotten Roots, 1999 (one track)
  • Roots Music: An American Journey, Rounder 0501, 2001 (one track)
  • Songs for the Savoy, 2001 (one track)
  • Celtic Colours — The Colours of Cape Breton, 2002 (one track)
  • Celtic Colours — Volume VII, 2003 (one track)

References

  1. ^ http://www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=4828 Gg.ca Retrieved on 05-08-07

External links

  • Natalie MacMaster official website

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Natalie MacMaster Official Site: Bio (729 words)
Natalie has a Bachelor of Education degree from the Nova Scotia Teachers College, and has received honorary doctorates from St. Thomas University and Niagara University.
Co-produced by Natalie and her husband, fellow fiddle virtuoso Donnell Leahy of the famed Canadian band Leahy, Yours Truly finds her continuing to ingeniously incorporate new sounds and concepts into her rich Cape Breton musical heritage, proudly claiming a place for the timeless strains of her native traditions in today’s musical universe.
Natalie’s live performances are renowned for their incandescent energy and toe-tapping, rhythmic intensity.
Natalie MacMaster - Sangamon Auditorium - University of Illinois at Springfield (208 words)
Natalie MacMaster - Sangamon Auditorium - University of Illinois at Springfield
Natalie's live performances are a testament to her incandescent musicianship and boundless energy featuring foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-rendering ballads, and world-class step dancing.
MacMaster is equally adept at setting the house on fire with her exceptional band as she is at hypnotizing a crowd while alone in the footlights.
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