has been nominated for 4 East Coast Music awards:
- Female Artist of the Year
- Entertainer of the Year
- Instrumental Recording of the Year
- Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year
ECMA's take place February 17-20, 2005 in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova
For more information and a complete list of nominees, please visit
For immediate release
and Natalie MacMaster Postpone Newfoundland Shows
note that the Leahy and Natalie MacMaster concerts set for Mile One in
St. John’s, Nov. 25 and The Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook, Nov. 26 have
been officially postponed.
Both artists apologize for any inconvenience
to the fans caused by this postponement and are committed to performing
in Newfoundland in 2005. Stay tuned for a rescheduling announcement in
the coming weeks.
are available at point of purchase, beginning this Friday, November 19,
2004 through to Thursday, December 23, 2004. Regular Mile One Stadium
Box Office hours are Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, 12pm to
5pm. Regular Pepsi Centre Box Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.
UPDATE FROM MANAGEMENT
as 2004 rapidly drives toward closure we take a look back and have to be
amazed at what Natalie and the gang have accomplished.
new year began with the airing of Natalie's performance on Good Morning
America, then on St. Patrick's Day she performed live on one of
America's best know radio shows-"The Don Imus Show" The winter
and spring of 2004 was full of activity with Natalie promoting her
recently released c.d. "Blueprint" A great c.d. with my
personal favourite tune being "Eternal Friendship"
May, Natalie performed with the Boston Pops for their T.V. series. She
had an opportunity to share the stage with renowned conductor Keith
Lockhart and pop superstar Michael MacDonald. In June she performed at
the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, arguably, one of the most respected
Bluegrass Festivals in the USA.
had Natalie performing in her new hometown area of Peterborough, ON and
August had Natalie traveling to western Canada to open for country
superstar Faith Hill and Eagle vocalist Don Henley!!
summer and fall had Natalie and the band traveling throughout Canada and
the U.S. playing many festival and theatre shows. Natalie and her band
will cap off November by joining forces with her husband's band, Leahy,
to provide 4 unforgettable shows in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
2004 is all said and done, Natalie will have performed at over 100
venues, made several guest appearances and gave many hours to charity.
WOW what a year!!!! It truly has been a blessing to be involved with
such a great artist and a great human being. I wish you all a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year and may your joys be abundant.
Wayne Troutman, Enright Management
For Immediate Release
and Natalie MacMaster To Perform At The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium,
Halifax, Nov. 23
NS) - For the first time: Leahy and Natalie MacMaster will perform
together, with two full bands, at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax,
Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7pm.
from Lakefield, Ontario, Leahy is the multi-talented eight person
musical collective, including Agnes, Angus, Donnell, Doug, Erin, Frank,
Maria and Siobheann Leahy. The group have recently released their third
Virgin Records album titled In All Things in February 2004.
at their home studio The Farm, the album features trademark instrumental
pieces like "Pointe Au Pic Medley" (respecting their Quebecois
influences), "Gzowski Medley" (inspired by their admiration
for the Canadian cultural icon), "Wedding Day Jig," and
"Chasing Rain," a tune capturing the step dancing element
that's always a key part of the legendary Leahy live experience.
group have taken impressive strides forward with the vocal tracks on In
All Things. The dramatic "High Places" showcases their sonic
adventurousness, while "Coyote" and "Runaway" are
bright melodic pop songs.
eclectic nature of In All Things came completely naturally, as Erin
explains. "With each project we look at the material we have all
been writing. We don't really have a particular direction in mind in
terms of how we want something to sound until we collect all the
material that everyone has been working on, and see what moves us enough
to develop further." "We all write individually," adds
Donnell, recognised internationally as a true master of his instrument.
"Sometimes something that is half-written becomes a collaboration,
other times someone writes a whole piece."
1997 self-titled debut along with tour dates with Shania Twain grabbed
the public's attention earning the group sales of double platinum in
Canada. It also sold impressively in the U.S. (reaching No. 4 on the
Billboard world music chart), Great Britain and Europe. The group
received two 1997 Juno Awards for Best Instrumental Group and Best New
Group, and took home the Best Country Group or Duo trophy the following
year. 2001's gold-selling Lakefield saw Leahy integrating vocal-driven
material into their expanding repertoire, and In All Things now emerges
as their strongest recording to date.
Grammy nominee Natalie MacMaster returns to her home province to perform
songs from her latest album Blueprint. The album, which pushes the
boundaries for traditional music, fuses Cape Breton fiddling with the
sounds of banjo, dobro and mandolin.
recorded in Nashville with producer Darol Anger, features some of the
best of America's blue grass community, including Bela Fleck (banjo),
Jerry Douglas (dobro), Sam Bush (mandolin) and Edgar Meyer (bass).
"I gravitate to quality musicianship - that's what I grew up with,
" says MacMaster. "These musicians were a total pleasure to
work with. That was the coolest part of making this record."
joyfulness is evident on the album's opening track, "A Blast,"
a series of five rollicking fiddle tunes, three of which MacMaster wrote
herself. She also co-wrote "Jig Party" with her bagpipe player
Matt MacIsaac and penned "Minnie & Alex's Reel" for her
parents. "I'm in a real creative phase right now," MacMaster
acknowledges. "Every time I sit down to practice, I have a lot of
ideas for tunes and usually spend the first half hour just writing them
has won numerous East Coast Music Awards for her early traditional Cape
Breton recordings and has taken Celtic music to new heights with albums
like In My Hands, which featured elements of jazz, Latin music and guest
vocals by Alison Krauss.
every contemporary album, MacMaster is quick to respond with a
traditional one. Her most recent recording, Live, was two albums in one:
the first disc showcased her Celtic rock band, including the big-concert
sounds of synthesizer, drums and electric bass, while the other featured
a down-home Cape Breton square dance with just piano and guitar.
MacMaster, who plays with what the Los Angeles Times described as
"irresistible, keening passion," thrives in both settings.
go on sale this Friday, Oct. 8 at 12noon. Tickets are $35, taxes
included and are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office, by
phone 902-494-3820, 1-800-874-1669 or online at
Phillips, Sonic Entertainment Group
Canadian on CBC Television
Natalie MacMaster on CBC Television in the upcoming series "The
Greatest Canadian", on Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 8pm ET.
Who made the list? Tune in to find out!
here to find out about the show:
well here is the entire broadcasting schedule for the show.....
Launch (in which Natalie makes a special appearance) Sun October
17 at 8pm ET on CBC Television.
on each of the Top 10 Great Canadians: Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm
ET on CBC Television, Oct 18 - Nov 22 (rebroadcasts on CBC Newsworld on
Tues & Thurs at 8pm and 11pm ET).
Two Part Finale: Who is the Greatest Canadian of them All? Sun Nov
28 and Mon Nov 29, both at 8pm ET.
your local listings to verify air dates and times.
MacMaster Press Release
MacMaster will be opening for
Henley on Aug. 8, 2004 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC and again on
Aug. 9, 2004 at the Saddledome in Calgary, AB. Natalie and the band are
excited and have promised to knock the socks off everyone there! This is
definitely a show you don't want to miss!!! Tickets can be obtained at
ticket master by phone at 403-777-0000 or on-line at
July 24, 2004
MacMaster will be opening for
Hill on Aug. 7, 2004 in Whistler, BC! Natalie will take the stage
at 7:30 pm for a 40 minute show as a lead in to Faith Hill's 8:45 pm
performance. The outdoor show takes place at Base 2 at Blackcomb
Mountain in Whistler, BC and the crowds are expected to be in the
thousands. All the details can be found on the Whistler website at:
UPDATE FROM MANAGEMENT
we are heading into summer and the Natalie's tour schedule is heating
up!! Natalie had a busy spring that took her across the New England
states into North Carolina for Merlefest then back to Ontario for a few
dates then finished up May, performing at Boston's beautiful Symphony
Hall. Summer will have Natalie performing at many outdoor festivals and
events, with her final summer performance at the Philadelphia Folk
Festival on Aug.29th.
Blueprint continues to be well received and during Natalie's performance
at 1st Canadian Place on May 14 Blueprint broke a record for most CDs
sold out of the aisle cart during a show!
Natalie's tour manager has recently changed. Andy Deveau has departed to
take on new opportunities and we wish him all the best with his future endeavors.
We would also like to welcome aboard the current tour manager, Andrew
White. There have been no other changes and Natalie and the band just
keep getting smoother and smoother. If it has been a while since you
last heard them, you should take in their show when they come to your
hometown. I guarantee a night of enjoyment!!!
Well, that is all for now and note that Natalie is heading towards home
in October, so get your tickets early for the East Coast tour.
All the best,
Juno Award Nomination!
has been nominated for a
Award for "Roots & Traditional Album
Of The Year: Solo" for her new recording Blueprint.
Juno Awards will air on CTV television on April 4th, live from Edmonton,
For a complete list of nominees, visit the
UPDATE FROM MANAGEMENT
It's been a while since I gave a little update on Natalie so here goes
continues to go well for the new Blueprint CD. It has been very well
received both by the fans and by the media. Natalie and the band are
playing to sold out houses everywhere and the feedback on the
performances have been amazing.
and the band have been super busy the last couple of months. November
saw them travel to western U.S. for 15 shows, then December had them in
Ontario for 9 shows.
In December Natalie also performed on Mike Bullard,
Conan O'Brien and said goodbye to 2003 with a dynamite performance,
along her husband Donnell Leahy, at the National Arts Centre in
has also started work on her new video for "Appropriate
Dipstick". She was accompanied by band members Brad Davidge and
Matt MacIsaac and had a special guest appearance by Edgar Meyer. It will
new year started out by performing on "Good Morning America"
and received rave reviews. She did 1 show in Ontario and then the
balance of January will be spent in the eastern U.S for 8 shows then
straight to western Canada for another 13 shows. What a run! 2004
looks to be really filling up so be sure you get a ticket when she comes
to your hometown. I assure you, Natalie's performance is something that
you will not want to miss.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that 2004 brings you many
Mark Enright -
Natalie's guitarist, Brad
Davidge, Releases new Video
guitarist Brad Davidge has released a video for the first single from his
recording "Unfolded" for the song "Stuck In The
Middle". Watch for a cameo by Natalie!
HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO