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No Boundaries
Release Date: 1996
CD OUT OF PRINT

Early in 1996, Natalie MacMaster signed recording contracts and distribution deals that saw her recordings made available worldwide. In anticipation of this new level of accessability, Natalie set about making a more progressive and varied recording than she had ever made before.

Included on this recording are guest vocalists, Bruce Guthro on "Fiddle and Bow"(which he wrote for Natalie); and Cookie Rankin (The Rankins) on "Drunken Piper" and also features the talents of Tracey Dares, Howie MacDonald, Dave MacIsaac and many more.
Three music videos were produced for tracks from this recording, including the high energy "Catharsis", "Fiddle and Bow" and "Drunken Piper". 

This is a recording not only for fans of great fiddle music but for fans of any great listenable music. This recording earned Natalie MacMaster her first Juno nomination and has gone Gold in Canada. The repertoire chosen for this recording includes good old-time Cape Breton fiddle tunes as well as tunes gleaned from her extensive travels. 

"...Most of the music is, in fact, quite traditional and all of it is traditional at root, bringing echoes of a culture long relegated to the fringes. It is good to hear it coming back with such vitality. At just 24 years of age, Natalie MacMaster has a talent far beyond her years and is well worth giving a listen"
-- Sound Bytes

"... Kudos to Natalie for expanding her music while maintaining a wholesome traditional core. A fine album with good liner notes. Highly recommended."
-- Northern Journey

"... No Boundaries is a must-have for fans of the Celtic fiddle, and particularly those who love the Cape Breton style"
-- Rambles


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All tunes traditional unless otherwise noted

 
  1.  The Honeysuckle Set
Lad O'Beirne's
The Honeysuckle
Tammy Sullivan's
The Holly Bush
Rannie MacLellan's
2. My Friend Buddy
Blue Bonnets Over The Border
Danny MacEachern's Piano
Alex MacDonnell's Favorite
My Friend Buddy
3. Fiddle & Bow
Fiddle & Bow
  4. Reel Béatrice
Béatrice (Oggi Nevica)
Seán Sa Chéo
5. Paddy LeBlanc's Set
Memories Of Paddy LeBlanc
Sandy Cameron
Devil In The Kitchen
The Bridge Of Bamore
Arthur Muise 
The Rejected Suitor 
  6. Silverwell's
Silverwell's
  7. The Drunken Piper
Primrose Lasses
Far Am Bi Fhin
Father John Angus Rankin
  8. Catharsis
Catharsis
  9. Where's Howie?
Miss Stewart
Braes Of Tullymet
The Gillisdale Reel
We'll Aye Gang Back To Yon Town
Break Yer Bass Drone
10. Bill Crawford Set
Gabriel's Jig
Sir Wilfred Laurier's
Bill Crawford's Fiddle
  11. The Beaumont Rag  
The Beaumont Rag
12. The Autograph
The Autograph
The Bee's Wing
Eugene Stratton
Memories Of Dan Beaton
Natalie MacMaster's
  13. Rev. Archie Beaton
Lament For The Death Of Reverend Archie Beaton

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Dave MacIssac: Guitar
Tracey Dares: Piano
Cookie Rankin: Vocals
Bruce Guthro: Vocals
Brian Leonard: Drums
Michael Francis: Guitar
Tom Szezesniak: Bass, Piano
Brian Leonard: Drums
Scott Alexander: Acoustic Bass
Doug Reily: Piano
Steve Smith: Pedal Steel Guitar
Ray Parker: Keyboards
Marie Berard: Violin
Paul Zevenhuizen: Violin
Ann Armstrong: Violin
Dominique Laplante: Violin
Krista Buckland: Violin
Diane Talt: Violin
Annelee Patipatanakoon: Violin
Doug Perry: Viola
Sylva Lange: Viola
Bryan Epparson: Cello
Paul Wilder: Cello

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Thank you to all the people who have helped in the recording, production and research of this album including; all the composers, Doug Aucoin, all the folks at Inception Studios & Warner Music Canada, Doug MacPhee, John Donald Cameron, Paul Cranford, May MacDonald, Mae Cameron, Effie Rankin, Robert Stubbert, Buddy MacMaster, Maire O'Keeffe, The Traditional Music Archives in Dublin, Fiona Moore, Donna Long, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, Rodney Miller, Lisa Ornstein, John Pierre Joyal, Mario Cote, Dave MacIsaac, Cameron Chisolm, Frank Ferrel, Mike & Marlene Denney and Kate Dunly.

I feel quite privileged to have worked with such virtuosos as Michael Francis, Brian Leonard, Tom Szczesniak, Claude Desjardins, Doug Reily, Gordie Sampson and the String Orchestra Players.
Thanks also to Bruce Guthro for writing a beautiful song "Fiddle And Bow" and singing it with such passion and sincerity.

To Cookie Rankin, one of my all-time favorite female vocalists, I am so excited and grateful to you for your funky version of "The Drunken Piper".

I consider myself lucky to have two of the top traditional accompanists and soloists performing with me both live and on this album-thank you Dave MacIsaac and Tracey Dares. The producer of this project, Chad Irschwick has been a great guy to work with and I'd like to thank him for bringing out the best in me and enhancing what I do.

Thank you to Andre Bourgeois, my manager, for doing all sorts of tedious tasks to help this project get started and completed.

Thank you to Paul MacDonald for doing such a thorough job of researching the tunes. It's always a pleasure working with you Paul.

Thanks also to John Mier who started up the initial concept and pre-production for this album.
And finally, thank you Lord for giving me the gift of music and two such loving parents to help nurture it.
This album is dedicated to the memory of my dear grandmother, Margaret Ann Beaton.

Natalie MacMaster,
May 1996

 

 

 


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