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to perform on ABC Television
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.
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.”
in January, 2002, Natalie will rejoin traditional Irish music pioneers,
the Chieftains for another nationwide tour throughout California,
Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and Texas.
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
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
Natalie Nominated for an ECMA!
has been nominated for an
Coast Music Award (ECMA) for 'Entertainer of The Year'. Other nominees in
the category include Bruce Guthro, Sloan, The Fables and the Ennis Sisters.
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'.
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
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.
information is available at
NATALIE MACMASTER STARS IN HER FIRST CBC-TV SPECIAL,
A SHARED EVENT WITH CBC RADIO TWO, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 AT 8 P.M.
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
Natalie MacMaster To Make Appearance in
"I LOVE NEW YORK" TV Commercial and promotion
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.
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
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.
spot is being produced by The Wolf Group with offices in New York and
Natalie Nominated for MIANS Award
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".
Natalie Nominated for Two CCMA Awards
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
Natalie MacMaster in Production With Her First CBC Television Special
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Special TV Show Shooting
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:
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
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.
Natalie MacMaster makes the Billboard charts!
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
Top 20 selling World Music recordings chart.
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.
will be performing in New York City on July 1st this year at the Central
Park SummerStage alongside Sarah Harmer and The Cowboy Junkies.
Natalie MacMaster's "In My Hands" Certified Gold in Canada
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.
Natalie and Manager Take Home 3 ECMA's!
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).
Natalie MacMaster to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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).
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.
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"
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.
Natalie Nominated for a Grammy Award!
Nominees were announced today for the
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).
will be announced at the
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.
big congratulation to Natalie on her first Grammy nomination!