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In My Hands
Release Date: 1999
CD OUT OF PRINT

With its innovative blend of old and new, In My Hands has been a big success and was the start of a new stage in Natalie's career. Recorded in Nashville, Cape Breton, Toronto and Scotland during early 1999, Natalie is accompanied by a host of talented artists throughout the album. The album was entirely produced by fellow Cape Bretoner, Gordie Sampson.

Many stellar players are featured on the recording including: two tracks with Irish accordion player, Sharon Shannon recorded in Scotland in January, several tracks featuring the jazz overtones of Holly Cole's band, a track featuring Mark O'Connor in a duet with Natalie on a number inspired by and dedicated to Natalie called "The Olympic Reel", an exciting duet with Canadian Spanish style guitarist, Jesse Cook titled, "The Flamenco Fling" and a vocal-fiddle duet with Rounder Records own, Alison Krauss, on a ballad written by Gordie Sampson, "Get Me Through December"... AND Natalie MacMaster's debut as a lead vocalist on her own innovative composition "In My Hands".

"... Pure musical wizardry, the work of an attractive young artist filled with potential world
music star quality." -- The Los Angeles Times

" ... This could easily be the musical event of the year" -- The Irish Edition

"... Fabulous album. Admirers of Cape Breton fiddling may buy with confidence"
-- Anja Beinroth, Folk World


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All tunes traditional unless otherwise noted
 
  1.  In My Hands 
The Drunken Landlady
2.  Welcome To The Trossachs
Memories Of Winston   
Highlanders Farewell To Ireland  
Gravel Walks Reel
Colonel Thornton
The Hurricane
3.  Gramma
Maudabawn Chappel
Frank's Reel
  4.  Blue Bonnets Over The Border
Blue Bonnets Over The Border
  5.  New York Jig
The New York Jig
Mrs. Gordon Of Park
The Moll In The Wad
6.  Flamenco Fling
Reel For Brenda
Flamenco Fling
  7.  Space Ceilidh
The Night We Had The Goats
The Fairy Dance
  8.  Olympic Reel
Olympic Reel
9.  Father John MacLeod's Jig
Father John MacLeod's Jig
10. Get Me Through December
Based on the melody by Niel Gow: 
"Niel Gow's Lament For The Death Of His Second Wife" 
11. The Farewell
Farewell March
Charlie Hardie Reel
Frank Gilruth Reel
McArthur Road Reel
12. Moxham Castle
Mr. Thomas Forbes
The Moving Cloud
Sheldon MacNeil's
London Lasses
  13. Mom's Jig
The Northside Kitchen
Mom's Jig
A Deanadh Im
  14. Flora MacDonald
Flora MacDonald

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Natalie MacMaster:  All lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric fiddles
Gordie Sampson:   Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Percussion
Joel Chiasson:  Piano
Sharon Shannon: Accordion
Mary Shannon:  Mandolin
Jesse Cooke: Guitars
Mark O’Connor: Fiddle
David MacIsaac: Guitar
Howie MacDonald:  Piano
Kevin Breit:  Electric guitar
Brent Mason:  Guitars
Aaron Davis: Piano, string arrangement, Rhodes
John Jarvis:  Piano
Denis Keldie:  Hammond organ
Scott Macmillan:  String arrangement
Marie Berard: Violin
Fujiko Imajishi: Violin
Douglas Perry:  Viola
Paul Widner: Cello
Laoise Kelly: Harp
Rick Tate:  Horn Arrangement, Trumpet
Chase Sanborn: Trumpet
Phil Dwyer: Saxophone, trombone
Terry Promane: Trumpet
Al Cross: Drums
Charlie Cooley: Drums
Art Avalos: Percussion
Harry Stinson: Drums
Brian Leonard: Drums, Percussion
Ray Fean: Drums
Scott Alexander: Bass
James Blennerhasset:  Bass
Bruce Dixon:  Bass
Glen Worf: Bass
George Kohler: Bass

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Thank you   

Buddy MacMaster, Jerry Holland, Dougie MacDonald, John Donald Cameron, Paul Cranford, Dave Hillier, Fred Lavery, Mike Sheppard, Jamie Foulds, Chip Sutherland, Tom O'Keefe, Alan Buchanan, Nick Spitzer, Mac Morin, All the folks at McClear Pathe studios, Ryan Atkari, Ramada Essex Hotel Toronto, Dave MacIsaac, Coll Audio, Solar Audio, Simon Bowers, Bob Richards, Sound Park.

Thanks to everyone @ Warner music Canada from coast to coast!! To Stan Kulin, Dave Tollington, Kim Cooke and John Poirier for getting the ball rolling a few short years ago. To Garry Newman, Randy Stark, Candy Higgins, Steve Waxman, Fiona Hack, Joanna Dine, Peggy Crowley, Adrienne Audette, Kelly Anglin, Steve Blair, Jeremy Mimnagh and all the sales and promo staff for keeping it rolling since then!

Steve Jordan, A & R, Warner Music Canada: Thanks for all your valuable time, belief and input.

Thank you to Denise and Norm @ DS Management, Sherry @ Jones and Co., Charles Letourneau and John @ Top Floor Management.

John Virant and Ellen Taintor @ Rounder: Thanks for all your help with the two Nashville sessions. Thanks for making the Alison Krauss recording possible.

Thanks to all the very talented musicians who performed on this recording.

Thanks to Cheryl Smith and Bob Brown for maintaining and updating my page and online presence.

Special Thanks

Alison Krauss, Mark O'Connor, Jesse Cook and Sharon Shannon. I am one lucky lady to have recorded with all of you. With extreme admiration of your talents, I thank you for your beautiful music.

Very Special Thanks

Andre Bourgeois (manager): Your enthusiasm for this project has been addictive. Thanks for keeping everyone in the spirit of things and for all your hard work, organization and valuable input.

Gordie Sampson (producer): I have a huge amount of faith in you, your talent and your ability to bridge the traditional with the contemporary. You've been the potter of this project and a gem to work with.

Jeff Wolpert (engineer): Every time I see you at the console, I am put at ease as I have every confidence in your abilities and talents as an engineer. Thank you for a fantastic recording experience.

This recording is dedicated to my father, my mother and my brothers: You are the soundpost that I will always rely on and a part of my life that puts joy in my music. I thank God for you all.

I thank God for the music.

 

 

 


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