Through and through, let there be no doubt: Juno Award-winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster is a Cape Breton girl! The master-fiddler is renowned worldwide for her jubilant instrumentals that straddle centuries old songs and modern sensibilities. You can count on MacMaster to present a dynamic concert filled with toe tapping jigs and reels, soaring melodies, traditional songs and rollicking original compositions sure to make you dance in your seat.
It’s her dedicated work ethic that has seen her accomplish so much: professionally, her three-decade career has watched her amass multiple gold albums, two Grammy nominations and one win (for her contribution to Yo-Yo Ma’s Songs Of Joy & Peace, for which she received “a nice bottle of champagne”); a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album for In My Hands; eight Canadian Country Music Awards, 10 East Coast Music Awards, an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas University and honorary degrees from Niagara University, NY, Trent University and – most recently – the Arts & Letters Award from the Canadian Association of New York.
MacMaster’s talents have also been in-demand by her peers, contributing to albums by Ma, The Chieftains; children’s entertainer Raffi; banjo prodigy Béla Fleck; fellow fiddling marvel Alison Krauss, with whom Natalie played a duet on Krauss’s A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection; Dobro specialist Jerry Douglas, singer Hayley Westenra; former Doobie Brother and classic R&B interpreter Michael McDonald and, most recently, Thomas Dolby’s new album Map Of The Floating City.
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