Natalie MacMaster

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Natalie MacMaster
Natalie MacMaster 2007.jpg
Natalie MacMaster performing in Centralville, Massachusetts, 2007
Background information
Birth name Natalie Ann MacMaster
Born (1972-06-13) June 13, 1972 (age 42)
Troy Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Cape Breton fiddle music
Occupations Musician
Instruments Fiddle, vocals
Years active 1989–present
Labels Rounder Records
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 who plays Cape Breton fiddle music.

MacMaster has toured with the Chieftains, Faith Hill, Carlos Santana and Alison Krauss, and has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma. She has appeared at the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, Celtic Connections in Scotland, and MerleFest in the United States.

Background[edit]

MacMaster performs at Edmonds Center For The Arts, North of Seattle, WA 10-23-2010

MacMaster was born on June 13, 1972. She is the daughter of Alex and Minnie (Beaton) MacMaster and the sister of Kevin and David MacMaster. She is the niece of renowned Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster and the cousin of two other fiddlers, Ashley MacIsaac and Andrea Beaton. She is also related to Jack White.[1]

In 2002, she married fiddler Donnell Leahy of the Leahy family band, and moved to Lakefield, Ontario. Leahy and MacMaster have four daughters: Mary Frances Rose (b. December 3, 2005), Clare Marie (b. February 18, 2009),[2] Julia Elizabeth (b. January 4, 2011) and Sadie Agnes (b. April 12, 2014) and two sons: Michael Joseph Alexander (b. June 23, 2007) [3] and Alec Francis (b. August 11, 2012).

Musical career[edit]

MacMaster began playing the fiddle at the age of nine, and made her performing debut the same year at a square dance in Glencoe Mills, Nova Scotia. When she was sixteen she released her first album, Four on the Floor, and a second album, Road to the Isle, followed in 1991. Her first album was self-produced, while her second was co-produced by John Morris Rankin (Rankin Family) and Tom O'Keefe <as per original cassette jacket>. Both albums were initially released only on cassette, but Rounder Records omitted a few tracks and re-released as A Compilation in 1998.

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.

Awards[edit]

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.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN US Grass
Four on the Floor
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: Astro Custom Records (cassette only)
Road to the Isle
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: Astro Custom Records (cassette only)
Fit as a Fiddle
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Rounder Records
A Compilation
  • Release date: 1996
  • Label: Rounder Records
No Boundaries
  • Release date: March 11, 1997
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • CAN: Gold
In My Hands
  • Release date: September 14, 1999
  • Label: Rounder Records
32
  • CAN: Gold
My Roots Are Showing
  • Release date: April 11, 2000
  • Label: Rounder Records
Live
  • Release date: June 4, 2002
  • Label: Rounder Records
Blueprint
  • Release date: September 9, 2003
  • Label: Rounder Records
6
Yours Truly
  • Release date: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Rounder Records
Cape Breton Girl
  • Release date: November 1, 2011
  • Label: MacMaster Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN AC
1996 "Catharsis" No Boundaries
1997 "Fiddle and Bow" (with Bruce Guthro)
"The Drunken Piper" (with Cookie Rankin)
1999 "In My Hands" 18 In My Hands
"Get Me Through December" (with Alison Krauss) 40
2004 "Appropriate Dipstick" Blueprint
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1996 "Catharsis"
1997 "Fiddle and Bow" (with Bruce Guthro) Andrew MacNaughtan
"The Drunken Piper" (with Cookie Rankin)
1999 "In My Hands" Christopher Mills
"Get Me Through December" (with Alison Krauss) Mark Hesselink
2004 "Appropriate Dipstick"

Other appearances[edit]

MacMaster at Merlefest, 2004
  • 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)
  • The Rough Guide to the Music of Canada, 2005 (one track)
  • Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace; Songs:A Christmas Jig/Mouth of the Tobique Reel; 2008 (Sony BMG)
  • Thomas Dolby: Amerikana EP, Songs:Toad Lickers and 17 Hills, 2010 (Lost Toy People, Inc)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.soulshine.ca/news/newsarticle.php?nid=4549
  2. ^ http://www.nataliemacmaster.com/news/news2009.htm
  3. ^ http://www.nataliemacmaster.com/news/news2007.htm
  4. ^ "Governor General to invest 41 recipients into the Order of Canada". The Governor General of Canada web site. May 2, 2007. Retrieved April 1, 2010. 

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