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My Roots Are Showing
Release Date: 1998
CD OUT OF PRINT

Recorded at Lakewind Sound Studios, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in December 1997 and produced by Natalie herself. Natalie goes back to her roots, playing the traditional music that first called her to pick up the bow.  

The selections are divided up into surprisingly long sets of five to seven Jigs, Reels, Strathspeys, and Marches. Each set builds up an irresistible head of steam, climaxing to a breathless, pile driving conclusion. My Roots Are Showing is a terrific example of the strength of the Cape Breton fiddle tradition.

The cover pictures Natalie standing in front of a tree composed of photographs of members of her own musical family going back several generations. For the finale, one of the pictures comes to life, as she and her uncle, master fiddler Buddy MacMaster, join for a set recorded live at a Glencoe dance. The two inspire each other to new melodic heights. This is sweet and joyful music performed by a master of the style.

"... One should take the title of Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster's album seriously: Her roots in the traditional fiddle music of Cape Breton Island are clearly highlighted here"
-- Barnes & Noble

"... Backed by musicians on piano and acoustic guitar, her timing is impeccable and her energy infectious -- it almost makes you want to get up and stepdance"
-- Ottawa Citizen

"... My Roots Are Showing is a terrific example of the strength of the Cape Breton fiddle tradition, executed by one its foremost practitioners"
-- Ron Foley MacDonald, Halifax Daily News

"... Definitely one for any fiddle collector, by a world leader in the craft."
-- Scots Magazine


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All tunes traditional unless otherwise noted
 
  1. Hey Johnny Cope!
Johnny Cope (with variations)
Dow's Favorite
Paresis
The Peeler's Jacket
Lady Georgina Campbell
2. Willie Fraser
Willie Fraser
Thomas MacDonell's
Geordie MacLeish 
The Maiden's Dream
Traditional Reel
College Groves
3. The Boys Of The Lake 
The Detroit Jig
The Mucking Of Geordie Byre
The Boys Of The Lake
  4. The Wildcat 
The Wildcat
Little Nipper's Hornpipe
5. Balmoral Highlands
The Balmoral Highlanders
James F. Dickies 
Glen Grant
Ann MacNamara
Delnadamph Lodge
The Fashion Which The Lasses Have
Old Sport
Return To India
Lochiel's Away To France
The Baker
  6. The Shakin' O' The Pocky
The Shakin' O' The Pocky
  7. Captain Keeler 
Miss Wharton Duff
Jimmy Linn's Hornpipe
Miss Ann Carnegie
Miss Menzies Of Menzies
Captain Keeler
8. E Flat Set 
The E Flat
The Recluse
James D. Law
9. Glad You made It, Howie!
Mary Scott
The Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn
Crookit Horn
Lord Kelly
Sir Harry's Welcome Home
The Dismissal Reel
Paddy On The Turnpike
The Yellow Tinker
  10.  Close To The Floor 
Scotty Fitzgerald's Jig
Close To The Floor
Ships Are Sailing
11. Queen Of The West 
Ferry Bridge Clog
Queen Of The West
A Salute To Angus Chisolm
The Maid Of Castlebar
Kylebrack Rambler
  12.  A ' Chuthag (The Cuckoo)
A ' Chuthag (The Cuckoo)
13.  A Glencoe Dance Set (Live)
The Castle Hornpipe
Sean Maguire's Reel
Scotsville Reel
Timor The Tartar
Tom Rae
Sandy MacIntyre's
Trip To Boston

 

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Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle
Buddy MacMaster: Fiddle
Tracey Dares: Piano
Joel Chiasson: Piano
Mary Jessie MacDonald: Piano
Dave MacIsaac: Guitar
Paul Mills: Guitar
Gordie Sampson: Guitar, Bass, Synth and 'water guitar'
Matthew Foulds: Snare Drum

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Thanks To
Donald Alex and Loretta Beaton, Joey Beaton, Andre Bourgeois, Jeanie Brennan, John Donald Cameron, Ron Caplan, Ted Carson, John Chiasson, Paul S. Cranford, Liz Curran, Jim Delaney, Marlene and Mike Denney, Frank Ferell, Jamie Foulds, Kimberly Gautreau, David Gillis, The Glencoe Hall Committee, Mike Haas, Chad Irschwick, The Kelly family of Westmount, Fred Lavery, David Leonard, Jeanette O'Leary, Paul MacDonald, Doug MacPhee, Earl Stubbert

Special Thanks To
Joel Chiasson, Tracey Dares, Matthew Foulds, Howie MacDonald, Mary Jessie MacDonald,
Buddy MacMaster, Paul Mills, Gordie Sampson

An Extra Special Thanks To
Dave MacIsaac for his endless suggestions of old tunes and his willingness to help me learn them.

Natalie uses a French fiddle which was made in 1927 by Marc LaBerte. It was given to her by Bill Burnett of Barrie, Ontario. This fiddle belonged to the late Bill Crawford and it has been repaired
and maintained for Natalie by Jim Danson of Tantallon, Nova Scotia.

 

 

 


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