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December 15, 2004
Natalie 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

The ECMA's take place February 17-20, 2005 in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
For more information and a complete list of nominees, please visit
www.ecma.ca 



November 18, 2004

PRESS RELEASE - For immediate release
Leahy and Natalie MacMaster Postpone Newfoundland Shows

Please 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.

Refunds 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.



November 16, 2004
UPDATE FROM MANAGEMENT

Well as 2004 rapidly drives toward closure we take a look back and have to be amazed at what Natalie and the gang have accomplished.

The 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"

In 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. 

July 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!! 

Late 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.

When 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. 

All the best,
Wayne Troutman, Enright Management


 



October 13, 2004
MEDIA RELEASE - For Immediate Release

Leahy and Natalie MacMaster To Perform At The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, Nov. 23

(Halifax, 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.

Hailing 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.

Recorded 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.

The 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.

The 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."

Leahy's 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.

2000 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.

Blueprint, 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."

That 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 down."

MacMaster 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.

For 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.

Tickets 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 www.dal.ca/artscentre  

Wendy Phillips, Sonic Entertainment Group
(902) 491-1991/
wendy@sonicentertainmentgroup.com 



August 20, 2004

The Greatest Canadian on CBC Television

See 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!

Click here to find out about the show: www.cbc.ca/greatest

As 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.

Features 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). 

Exciting Two Part Finale: Who is the Greatest Canadian of them All? Sun Nov 28 and Mon Nov 29, both at 8pm ET.

Check your local listings to verify air dates and times.


 



August 5, 2004

Natalie MacMaster Press Release

Natalie MacMaster will be opening for Don 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 www.ticketmaster.ca 



July 24, 2004
News Update

Natalie MacMaster will be opening for Faith 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: www.mywhistler.com



June 1, 2004
UPDATE FROM MANAGEMENT

Well, 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,
Mark Enright
Enright Management


 



February 11, 2004
Juno Award Nomination!

Natalie has been nominated for a JUNO Award for "Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year: Solo" for her new recording Blueprint. 

The Juno Awards will air on CTV television on April 4th, live from Edmonton, Alberta.

For a complete list of nominees, visit the Juno Awards website.



January 15, 2004
UPDATE FROM MANAGEMENT

Hi Everyone,
It's been a while since I gave a little update on Natalie so here goes ……

All 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.

Natalie 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 Ottawa. Natalie 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 be fantastic!!

The 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 blessings.

All the best,
Mark Enright - Enright Management



January 2004
Natalie's guitarist, Brad Davidge, Releases new Video

Natalie's 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!
CLIK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO