Natalie MacMaster + Donnell Leahy, "The Chase" — from One, available now.
A note from Natalie and Donnell on the genesis of this album
What an exciting adventure this has been for us! When we married in 2002, we felt there would be some recording project in our future, but we didn't realize it would happen in 2014! 12 years of marriage and 6 children later we've finally documented our musical growth together. This CD is a combination of the old and the new, the original and the traditional, the Cape Breton and the Ontario. It's a musical reflection of us as individuals and as spouses, our influences over the years and our personal interpretations and tastes.
It has taken many little twists to finally mold into what you see here … the most wonderful twist being Bob Ezrin. Just when we thought we had it all planned out and ready to record, we met Bob. And through him, Justin. After meeting, we all very quickly realized this project was meant to be a collective effort, a passion shared by all.
Creative juices were in full stream and excitement ran high. What a thrill to work with this team. We are ever grateful for their enthusiasm, their natural talent, and their attention to our music. We hope you enjoy One!
— Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
The First Couple of contemporary Celtic music
Natalie MacMaster is a globally–acclaimed Cape Breton fiddle player who has appeared on numerous CBC, CTV and PBS TV shows and sold over 200,000 albums. Donnell Leahy is the incendiary musical leader of double Platinum–selling, festival–headlining Celtic family group Leahy.
The two musical prodigies met as teenagers, found individual massive career success, and eventually reconnected and were married. They never, however, found the opportunity to record together — until now.
It was a chance meeting with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple) — who recruited Justin Cortelyou (Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Alan Jackson) to co–produce — that led to the recording sessions in Cape Breton. The result is quite possibly the best fiddle album ever recorded.
The pair have over 100 confirmed PAC shows in 2015 — the majority of dates sold out in advance — billed as Visions From Cape Breton and Beyond, a show which will feature many of the songs from One.
Produced with the participation of the Government of Canada (Canada Music Fund) and made possible by of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR and Canada's private radio broadcasters.
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