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December 2001
Natalie to perform on ABC Television

Cambridge, MA – The Rounder Records Group is pleased to announce that Grammy-nominated artist Natalie MacMaster will perform on ABC’s nationally televised New Year’s Eve program, “ABC 2002” on Monday, December 31st, 2001.  Hosted by Peter Jennings, the program will air live from the Rose Planetarium (at the Museum of Natural History) in New York City from 6:30pm-10pm EST.  The program will also feature other critically acclaimed artists.

On the heels of a busy nationwide tour and a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Traditional Folk Album’ for My Roots Are Showing, this exciting performance by Natalie MacMaster and her 6-piece band (featuring piano, bagpipes, guitar, and drums) promises to be an exhilarating end to a successful year.  As stated recently by Natalie, “What an honor to be a part of the New Year’s celebration in New York.  I am delighted to share the stage with these incredible artists and to add a little Celtic flavor to the evening.  This for me will be the perfect end to a great year.” 

Beginning in January, 2002, Natalie will rejoin traditional Irish music pioneers, the Chieftains for another nationwide tour throughout California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and Texas. 

Natalie’s latest album entitled My Roots Are Showing features an invigorating set of jigs, reels, marches, strathspeys and hornpipes.  Natalie’s fiddle playing is dramatic throughout, dynamic and clean, marked by flawless intonation and impeccable precision.  In addition to her recent Grammy nomination, Natalie has had her share of accolades including 9 East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), two Juno Awards (equivalent to a U.S. Grammy) for Best Instrumental Album of the Year for My Roots Are Showing and In My Hands, plus four consecutive Fiddler of the Year awards (1997-2000) and Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration of the Year with Alison Krauss on “Get Me Through December” in 2000 from the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA). 

Founded in 1970, the Rounder Records Group recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as America’s premiere independent label, with over 3,000 albums in its catalog to date and including five imprints representing a wide variety of folk, roots, rock, blues, country, world and reggae music. 



December 6, 2001
Natalie Nominated for an ECMA!

Natalie has been nominated for an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) for 'Entertainer of The Year'. Other nominees in the category include Bruce Guthro, Sloan, The Fables and the Ennis Sisters.

As well, Natalie's Manager, Andre Bourgeois of ABC Entertainment Inc., has been nominated for an Industry Award for 'Manager of The Year' and Natalie's Webmaster, Cheryl Smith, of Gigs & Reels Productions Inc., has also been nominated for an Industry Award for 'Graphic Artist of The Year'.

As one of the biggest music industry events in the country, the four-day conference and awards show will draw delegates from Atlantic Canada and around the world. ECMA 2002 celebrates Atlantic Canadian contributions to the music industry. 

The awards will be handed out Sunday, February 3, 2002 at the Gala Awards Show televised live from Saint John, New Brunswick. The Industry Awards are handed out during the East Coast Music Association Industry Awards Brunch on February 1, 2002 in Saint John, NB.

More information is available at www.ecma.ca 



November 17, 2001
NATALIE MACMASTER STARS IN HER FIRST CBC-TV SPECIAL, 
A SHARED EVENT WITH CBC RADIO TWO, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 AT 8 P.M.

Natalie MacMaster, one of the country's best-loved and popular performers, stars in her first CBC-TV special NATALIE MACMASTER - MY ROOTS ARE SHOWING on Sunday, December 2 at 8 p.m. Special guests include close friends Jann Arden, Alison Krauss and Natalie's mom Minnie (watch for her step-dancing cameo appearance).

The special will also be heard at 8 p.m. on CBC Radio Two, in the first of a series of shared events. On this occasion, Shelagh Rogers will introduce the CBC Radio Two broadcast and will interview MacMaster during the breaks afforded by TV commercials.

Dubbed Cape Breton's Daughter and Queen of the Fiddle, the multi-award-winning MacMaster is revealed to be charming, fresh and sincere in this hour-long special shot, in part, in concert in Mississauga, Ontario.

With her new band, MacMaster takes viewers on a mini-tour of Cape Breton, including an All Ages square dance in Glencoe Mills, a small isolated hall where she performed as a child, and a traditional jam session with four of her favourite fiddlers in the MacMaster family kitchen.

Beloved by audiences across North America, MacMaster performs some new tunes, some hits and some classics, thrills the live audience with her step-dancing, displays her prowess in moon walking and persuades Minnie to kick off her shoes and join in the fun.

Juno Award-winner Jann Arden, whose new album Jann Arden's Greatest Hurts is currently causing a stir, sings her ballad Cherry Popsicle. And MacMaster joins guest Alison Krauss for a hauntingly Celtic rendition of Get Me Through December (from MacMaster's In My Hands CD.)

Throughout the high-energy special, MacMaster also provides insights into her Cape Breton roots and her close relationship with her family, as well as a behind-the-scenes peek at her music and her newly honed songwriting skills.

NATALIE MACMASTER - MY ROOTS ARE SHOWING is produced by Mark Hall for Hallway Groups Productions Inc. and Perimeter Entertainment Group in association with CBC Television. Executive producers are Gregory Hall, Chip Sutherland and David Jones. Director is Joan Tosoni. Produced with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit.



November 2, 2001
Natalie MacMaster To Make Appearance in
"I LOVE NEW YORK" TV Commercial and promotion

Only one show into her current 4 week US tour, Natalie MacMaster is
taking her tour bus from the scheduled travel route between shows on Oct. 31 in Virginia, and Nov. 1 in New York State, to drive into New York City during the early hours of November 1, to appear in the Canadian version of a "I Love New York" TV commercial, being filmed just outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan.

Rumored to be joining Natalie in the spot will be Paul Schaeffer, Dan
Akroyd, Eric Lindros, Celine Dion, Wayne Gretzky, Jean Cretien, Mark Messier, Barenaked Ladies and a host of other Canadian celebrities of note.

A group of prominent Canadian Businessmen led by George Cohon, Chairman of MacDonald's Canada, Senator Grafstein, Michael Budman and Don Green, owners of Roots, have helped to declare the weekend of Nov. 30, 2001, "The Canada Loves New York Weekend". During this time, Canadians can show their support for the city in the most meaningful way possible: by experiencing it firsthand. Corporate sponsors include Air Canada and Starwood Hotels. The weekend will be kicked off with a rally including a special appearance by NYC Mayor Rudy Gulliani himself.

The spot is being produced by The Wolf Group with offices in New York and Toronto.



October 20, 2001
Natalie Nominated for MIANS Award

Natalie has been nominated again this year for a MIANS award (Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia), this time for the "Road Warrior" award. Natalie's Manager, Andre Bourgeois of ABC Entertainment Inc. has also been nominated for 'Manager Of The Year". As well, Natalie's webmaster, Cheryl Smith of Gigs & Reels Productions Inc. has been nominated for "Web Designer Of The Year".



September 7, 2001
Natalie Nominated for Two CCMA Awards

Natalie has been nominated again this year for 2 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA)
"Roots/Traditional Artist Of The Year" and "Fiddle Player Of The Year" in the All-Star Band Category. View the complete list of nominees on the
CCMA Website



July 26, 2001
Natalie MacMaster in Production With Her First CBC Television Special

Cape Breton’s daughter and Queen of the Fiddle, Natalie MacMaster stars in her first hour-long special, NATALIE MACMASTER - MY ROOTS ARE SHOWING, now in production for CBC Television and scheduled to air on the network in the coming season. MacMaster will take viewers on a trek to discover the roots of her music in Cape Breton and, with her new band, performs some new tunes, some hits and some classics, all but guaranteed to thrill her fans.

Beloved in her native East Coast and by fiddle enthusiasts everywhere, she has also captured more than her share of music industry awards. Her electric performance on The 1999 Juno Awards, regarded as the highlight of the show, won her a Gemini Award.

The vivacious MacMaster will be joined by special guest stars Jann Arden and Alison Krauss at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre on July 31st for a live concert mounted just for the special.

Segments already completed shooting include a traditional Cape Breton jam session with MacMaster and four of her favourite fiddlers who get it on in a down home kitchen. Viewers will also get to see MacMaster perform at an All Ages dance in Glencoe Mills, a small isolated hall where she performed as a child.

Jann Arden performs Cherry Popsicle from her new CD, and Alison Krauss joins Natalie for Get Me Through December, which is on MacMaster’s recent CD In My Hands. The special also promises a behind-the-scenes tour by MacMaster of both her music and her Maritime roots.

NATALIE MACMASTER – MY ROOTS ARE SHOWING is produced by Mark Hall. Executive Producers are Gregory Hall for Hallway Group Productions Inc., Toronto, in association with Executive Producer Chip Sutherland of Perimeter Entertainment, Halifax and CBC Television. Joan Tosoni is the director.



July 23, 2001
Special TV Show Shooting

Natalie will be shooting a TV special at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario on Tuesday, July 31, 2001!   This special will later air on CBC in Canada and on Bravo in the US (air dates to follow soon).  The concert will also possibly be used for a live recording in the near future and will be featured on Natalie's own video and DVD to be released early next year. 

The concert will feature special musical guests: 
Jann Arden, Alison Krauss, and some other surprise guests to be announced!

if you would like to attend this special concert and be a part of Natalie's TV special, tickets may be purchased by calling the Living Arts Centre Box Office locally at:  (905) 306-6000 or toll free: 1-888-805-8888 or by visiting the box office in person at: 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, Ontario.  More ticket information available on the
Living Arts Centre website 

We hope some of you true fans can make it for this very special event!

Be sure to check in again for more details on the video/DVD as they become available later on.



May 3, 2001
Natalie MacMaster makes the Billboard charts!

In recent weeks both Natalie MacMaster's "In My Hands" (recently achieving Gold status in Canada) and "My Roots Are Showing" CD's have been charting in the Billboard magazine's Top 20 selling World Music recordings chart.

In the meantime, Natalie left for a five-week US tour on April 17. She's island-hopping in Hawaii this week, playing 3 shows in in four days, then meets back up with her tour bus to travel up the coast of California for 4 shows, including UCLA on Saturday. She's already played to several sold out audiences throughout New England, Staten Island and Texas. The tour wraps up in New Jersey on May 24.

Natalie will be performing in New York City on July 1st this year at the Central Park SummerStage alongside Sarah Harmer and The Cowboy Junkies.



March 9, 2001
Natalie MacMaster's "In My Hands" Certified Gold in Canada

For immediate release:

At a post Juno reception held at the Air Canada Centre, Warner Music Canada presented recent Grammy nominee Natalie MacMaster with a gold award for her album, In My Hands.  The record, released in August 1999, has sold over 50,000 copies in Canada. This is Natalie's third gold award, with previous releases Fit As A Fiddle and No Boundaries also achieving gold status.

Natalie MacMaster is currently on tour in Canada. 



February 17, 2001
Natalie and Manager Take Home 3 ECMA's!

The East Coast Music Awards gala, held February 11th in Charlottetown, PEI, proved to be another successful one for Natalie. She received two awards for "Instrumental Artist of the Year" and "SOCAN Songwriter of the Year" for Get me Through December (written by Gordie Sampson and Fred Lavery).



January 16, 2001
Natalie MacMaster to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Natalie MacMaster will be appearing with The Chieftains on The Tonight Show this Thursday evening, January 18 (please check your local listings for air time. The show airs on NBC in the US and Canada).

Natalie flew to Denver, Colorado yesterday to join The Chieftains on their US tour. She and the band will be flying to Los Angeles on Wednesday evening to tape the show. The show will feature Joan Osborne, who is also touring with The Chieftains for the first leg of their tour. Also scheduled to appear the same night is Madonna’s husband, Guy Ritchie.

Natalie will be in Charlottetown, PEI for the East Coast Music Awards on February 11th, where she is nominated for four awards (please call 1-900-870-ECMA to vote for Natalie for the "Entertainer of the Year" award"). 

She will travel back to Los Angeles later that month to attend the Grammy Awards Show. Natalie received her first Grammy nomination earlier this month for "My Roots Are Showing" (released April 2000 in the USA). It is nominated for "Best Traditional Folk Album" and will be handed out on February 21, 2001.



January 3, 2001
Natalie Nominated for a Grammy Award!

The Nominees were announced today for the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards and Natalie has been nominated for an award in the "Best Traditional Folk Album" category for her album "My Roots Are Showing" (released on Rounder Records in the U.S in April 2000). 

Winners will be announced at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards telecast on February 21, 2001. The three-hour show will originate from Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA and be broadcast on CBS-TV at 8:00pm. (EST/PST). The show will reach a worldwide audience of nearly 2 billion people in 180 countries.  

A big congratulation to Natalie on her first Grammy nomination!