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Blueprint
Release date USA: September 9, 2003
Release date Canada: November 5, 2003
CD OUT OF PRINT

Bluegrass and Celtic music are close cousins, with shared roots dating back several hundred years. Natalie has enlisted some of the world's top bluegrass pickers-including Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Alison Brown for her latest album, BLUEPRINT. Also featured on the album are some of Natalie's band members, Brad Davidge on Guitar and Matt MacIsaac on Bagpipes and Whistles, along with several fellow Cape Bretoners. 

With Blueprint, Natalie is once again pushing the boundaries for traditional music, fusing her brilliant Cape Breton fiddling with the sounds of Banjo, Dobro and Mandolin, as played by the cream of America's bluegrass community. "Alison Krauss was the artist who first got me listening to bluegrass music," recalls MacMaster. "With this album, maybe I can do the same thing and attract people to traditional Cape Breton music."

"MacMaster has reached a level of visibility and musical success that only a few of her traditional-music contemporaries have achieved… a confident bandleader, a versatile fiddler, an electrifying step dancer, and, above all, a performer who definitely knows who to work a crowd." -- Michael Parrish, Dirty Linen


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All tunes traditional unless otherwise noted

 
01. A Blast
Bishop Faber MacDonald's Strathspey (Natalie MacMaster)
Frank & Julie Leahy's Strathspey (Natalie MacMaster)
Maggie Cameron's Strathspey
Bill Burnett's Reel  (Natalie MacMaster)
Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran (G.S.MacLennan)
02. Appropriate Dipstick
Appropriate Dipstick (Phil Cunningham & Iain MacDonald)
03. Jig Party
Traditional Jig
The Butlers of Glen Avenue (Tony Sullivan)
Tee Tie Tum Tittle Tee (Natalie MacMaster & Matt MacIsaac)
Annette's Chatter (Bruce Gandy)
  04. Touch Of The Masters Hand
Myra Brooks Welch (Natalie MacMaster & Brad Davidge)
05. Eternal Friendship
Eternal Friendship (Phil Cunningham)
  06. Gravel Shore
Gravel Shore (Darol Anger)
Reel for Carl (Jerry Holland)
The Street Player (Ed Reavy)
07. The Devil & The Dirk
The Carignan Clog (Jean Carignan)
The Devil and The Dirk
Lord Gordon's Reel
Golden Lochs
08. Ewe With The Crooked Horn
The Ewie wi' The Crookit Horn
The Ashplant
  09.  Josefin's Waltz
Josefin's Waltz (Roger Tallroth)
  10. Bela's Tune
Bela's Tune (Bela Fleck)
11. Silver Spear
The Silver Spear
The Glen Road to Carrick
Lad O' Beirne's Reel (Lad O'Beirne)
  12. Minnie & Alex's Reel
Minnie & Alex's Reel (Natalie MacMaster)
  13. My Love, Cape Breton and Me
My Love, Cape Breton and Me (Bob Quinn)
Prayer For Peace Waltz (Natalie MacMaster)

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Natalie MacMaster:
Darol Anger:
Bela Fleck:
Alison Brown:
Jerry Douglas:
Victor Wooten:
Viktor Krauss:
Byron House:
Edgar Meyer:
Todd Phillips:
Sam Bush:
Matt Flinner:
Tracey Dares:
Philip Aaberg:
John R. Burr:
Brad Davidge:
Gordie Sampson:
Bryan Sutton:
Mike Marshall:
George Hebert:
Matt MacIsaac:
Sam Bacco:
Larry Atamanuik:
John Cowan:
Kate Quinn:
John Chiasson:

Fiddle, Tenor Banjo, Vocals, Narrations
Octave Violin
Banjo
Banjo
Dobro
Bass
Bass
Bass
Arco & Pizz Bass
Pizz Bass
Mandolin
Mandolin
Piano
Piano
Synth
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Guitar
Bagpipes, Small Pipes, Whistles
Percussion
Drums
Vocals
Vocals
Bass

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Thanks to: Paul MacDonald, Paul Cranford, Bob Quinn, Robert MacMillian, Cheryl Smith, Jerry Holland, Liz Carrol, Don Meade, Cliff McGann, Elliot Sairan, Pamela Neal, Alert Music, Stephen Corbett, Antoinette Messam, Honock Drori, Antoine Moonen, Declan O ’Doherty, Jessica Moore, Wayne Troutman, Agnes Leahy, Mark O ’Connor Fiddle Camp, Brent Kitagawa, Metal Monkey Productions Inc., Remenyi House of Music, Josh Hartnett, Chad Carlson, Lori Morgan, John Chiasson.
Special thanks to: Dave Sinko, Randy LeRoy, Margaret Malandruccolo, Mark Enright, W.Tom Berry, Scott Lake, Bob Farmer.

Thank you to all the composers of the beautiful tunes.

To all the incredibly talented musicians on this project, thank you. You have left a lasting impression on me with your eagerness and ability to create great music.
Darol, you are so musical and a joy to be around. Thank you for your focus, your talent and your positive energy.

Thank you always to my family and Donnell for their quiet strength in all that I do.
Thank you God for everything.

 

 

 


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