A Celtic Family Christmas

A Celtic Family Christmas



Release Date: 2016

Here we are celebrating another Christmas and isn’t each one so unique; from the magic and excitement of childhood, and the roaming and wonderment of the teens, to the arrival of adult hood and its independence and opportunity, to the married years of shared adventure and joy, and now on to parenthood and a new understanding of ourselves and the sweetness of children.

I always remind myself every year that Christmas doesn’t need to be what it once was, because as humans,

we are ever growing and evolving and so too will our experiences. But music has always been and always should be an important part of the season. For Donnell and I, Christmas has always given us beautiful moments and memories. And now as parents, we hope to help create the same for our children in our own way.

This record is a first for us.

I have never recorded a Christmas record before and Donnell was 14 the last time he recorded

Christmas with The Leahy Family! So for years it has been a hope, but now it is a reality.

We have even included a little moment from our children here to complete the family Christmas tradition!

We hope you enjoy our brand of holiday music. We absolutely had a glorious time creating it with our favoured musicians who did a delightful job. And as for this time of year, my hope for our family and yours is that we all get a moment to stay still long enough to feel the love, peace and joy that Christmas can bring.

May we recognize and cherish the treasures we have in this world and may we share our own abundant gifts.

And for us, that is the music you are about to hear.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Love Natalie and Donnell

Track Listing & Sound Clips

1. Angels We Have Heard On High
2. White Christmas
3. The Christmas Medley
4. Up On The House Top
5. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
6. Twelve Days Of Christmas
7. Little Drummer Boy
8. What Child Is This
9. Ding Dong Merrily On High
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
11. Silent Night





Release date: April 28, 2015

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Join forces on “ONE”.

Bob Ezrin produced the debut album set for worldwide release April 28, 2015

Natalie MacMaster is the 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, becoming the first couple of Celtic music. Today the famous couple have six children, and perform together to sold out crowds in theatres across North America and the UK. They never, however, found the opportunity to record together – until now.

It was a chance meeting of Natalie with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple) at a session he was producing for Scottish born Canadian singing star Johnny Reid that led to the unlikely musical match between the star producer and the Celtic couple. Smitten with their sound, Bob recruited Justin Cortelyou (Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Alan Jackson), to co-produce, and the two headed to Cape Breton to record the Celtic couple with ace session musicians Mark Kelso, Mac Morin, Tim Edey, Jamie Gatti, Rachel Aucoin and Sabin Jacques.

When asked about their experience recording with such an iconic producer, Natalie offered, “Bob Ezrin is so musical, truthful and honest in how he works. He heard the music the same way we did.” Donnell added “This album is far beyond anything we ever imagined it being.”

Bob Ezrin explains how exciting it is to work with people who are masters at their craft, “Both Natalie and Donnell are truly brilliant musicians whose instruments have become a natural extension of their bodies. They are such accomplished players that whatever they think of they can produce on their violins. It’s absolutely magical!”

There is energy and freshness, and unparalleled musicality on “ONE”, a completely instrumental album with creative medleys in the Celtic style mixed with originals, with the exception of one track, a deeply emotional vocal lament “Cagaran Gaolach” sung by Natalie – marking her first ever lead feature vocal to appear on an album. Some of the unconventional approaches used in the studio for this fiddle-centric album included distorted electric guitars on the driving up tempo “Fiddler’s Despair”, and two players on one piano on “Pastiche for Anne” and a drum kit made of paint cans and a cardboard box on “Joyous Waltz.”

Natalie and Donnell embark on the first leg of an expansive North American tour in February – 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”.

“We really can’t imagine ourselves doing anything else. All of this coming together was inevitable.” – Donnell Leahy

Track Listing & Sound Clips

01. St. Nicks
02. The Chase
03. The Whistler of Rosslea
04. Pastiche for Anne
05. Fiddler’s Despair
06. Hector The Hero
07. Wedding Day Jig
08. Ellin Polka
09. Joyous Waltz
10. Tribute To Buddy
11. Clog Medley
12. Cagaran Gaolach
13. Bonus track: The Balkan Hills

Cape Breton Girl

Cape Breton Girl



Release Date: November 1, 2011

Recorded at Glen Gould Studios in Toronto, ‘Cape Breton Girl’ sees Natalie return to her roots with a traditionally based album which embodies the true Cape Breton sound.
Natalie explains: “While there are other instruments on the recording, it’s the piano and fiddle, the core instruments of Cape Breton music, that make up the bulk of the sound on this recording”.

Track Listing & Sound Clips

1. F Medley

2. Butcher’s Jig Set

3. Stumpie
4. The Methlick Style
5. Christine Deagal’s Flight

6. Alex MacMaster’s Jig
7. Stoney Lake Reels
8. The Sister’s Reel

9. Jimmy MacKinnon of Smelt Brook
10. My Brother Kevin

11. Pretty Marion

12. Our Father


Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle
Mac Morin: Piano (all tracks except #4)
Erin Leahy: Piano (#4)
Sandy MacDonald: Guitar (#1, #10)
Dave MacIsaac: Guitar (#2, #3, #6)
Scott Macmillan: Guitar (#7)
Kevin MacMaster: Guitar (#10)
Brad Davidge: Guitar (#5, #8, #11)
JD Blair: Drums (#11)
Cheryl Smith: Snare drum (#1)
Matt MacIsaac: Whistle, flute, bagpipes (#8, #11)
Shane Hendrickson: Bass (#11)
John Chiasson: Bass (#7)
Jeff MacDonald: Vocals (#12)

Yours Truly Album Cover

Yours Truly



Release date Canada: October 3, 2006
Release date USA: October 10, 2006

Recorded in Halifax, Kingston, Toronto and Calgary, “Yours Truly” is Natalie’s 10th release, co-produced with husband Donnell Leahy.

It features a mix of traditional and contemporary numbers as well as several originals, including a rendition of “Danny Boy” sung by Doobie Brother Michael McDonald and “Farewell To Peter,” which MacMaster wrote to pay her respects to her friend, the late Canadian newsman, Peter Jennings. The traditional medley features Natalie’s aunt Betty Lou Beaton on piano.

The album also prominently features Natalie’s touring band and a variety of international musicians.

Track Listing & Sound Clips

1. Volcanic Jig

2. NPG

3. Flea As A Bird
4. Farewell To Peter

5. Matt & Nat’s

6. David’s Jig
7. Danny Boy
8. Traditional Medley

9. Cape Classico

10. Julia’s Waltz

11. Mother Nature
12. Interlude


Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle
Brad Davidge: Guitar
John Chiasson: Bass
Miche Pouliot: Drums
Allan Dewar: Piano
Erin Leahy: Piano
Betty Lou beaton: Piano
Matt MacIsaac: Bagpipes
Rushad Eggleston: Cello
Michael McDonald: Vocals
Denis Keldie: Mini Moog, Hammond Organ, Kayboard

Natalie & Buddy MacMaster CD

Natalie MacMaster & Buddy MacMaster



Release date: August 18, 2005

There is a cassette tape I often listen to of uncle Buddy and John Morris Rankin at the firehall in Mabou in 1986.
It’s not of studio quality as it was recorded on an old cassette machine, but it is magic. I often play along with it.

It occurred to me one day that Buddy and I should record some of those tunes together in a studio, as we had never done so before. The music would be a keepsake for our family and we could have the option of using a track or two on one of our own future solo recordings.

After playing some of these great “Buddy tunes” together, we both felt quite good about the music and reached the conclusion that this recording should become its own CD – a permanent imprint of a family tradition passed down from uncle to niece. This tradition also includes my aunt (Buddy’s sister), Betty Lou Beaton on piano.

I have predominantly listened to Buddy’s fiddling throughout my life –on home recordings, at square dances and live at family gatherings and parties. He has influenced my fiddling immensely. This recording is a tribute to his music, our family traditions and to Cape Breton Island.

~ Natalie MacMaster

Track Listing & Sound Clips

 01. The King George Medley

King George the Fourth
The Old King’s Reel
The King’s Reel
Miss Lyle Reel
The Bridge of Bamore

02. The Little Pickle
Pet of the Pipers
The Little Pickle
The Rosewood Jig
The Road To Skye
Scotty’s Fitzgerald’s (Sandy MacIntyre)

03. Scourdiness
MacKenzie Hay
Scourdiness (Charles F. Sherritt)
Miss Baigrie

04. The Red Shoes
Welcome to the Trossachs (Wilfred Gillis)
Miller O Drone
Miss Lyle Strathspey
The Devil in the Kitchen
The Margaree Reel
The Yetts of Muckart
Mrs. Margaret MacDonald’s Delight
The Red Shoes (Dan R. MacDonald)
Bonnie Nellie

05. The Dougall Creature

Mom’s Jig
The Soldier’s Cloak
Come Haste to the Wedding
The Inverness Jig (J. D. Kennedy)
The Man on the Moon
Tipperty Jean
Miss Campbell’s
The Dougall Creature

06. Primrose Lasses
Niel Gow’s Lamentation for James Moray of Abercairny
Miss Ann Moir’s Birthday
The Duke of Gordon’s Birthday
The Primrose Lasses
The Bear in the Buckwheat

07. Iona House (Buddy Solo)
Iona House (Wilfred Gillis)
Daft Willie Dawson
Willie Fraser’s (Donald Angus Beaton)
Lady Mary Stopford
The Lasses of Stewarton

08. The Stage

The Stage Hornpipe
The Tarra Broach
Laybourn’s Hornpipe
Blind Nora O’Neill
The Bonny Lass of Fisherrow

09. The Leg Of The Duck
Jessie Ann’s Favorite (Gordon MacQuarrie)
The Rose Burn (Dan R. MacDonald)
Bain’s Jig
Mrs. A. MacGlashan
The Leg of the Duck

10. The Warlock

The Warlock
Bog an Lochan
Flora MacDonald
The Nine Point Coggie
Malcolm Finlay
Johnny Sullivan’s

11. The Bonnie Lass of Headlake

The Bonnie Lass of Head Lake (Gordon MacQuarrie)

12. Wilfred’s Fiddle

Wilfred’s Fiddle Jig (Dan R. MacDonald)
The Clay Pipe
Sandy McGaff
The Unfortunate Rake
The New Fiddle (Dan R. MacDonald)

13. The Ten Pound Fiddle (Natalie Solo)
The Bald Headed Bachelor
The Sunshine Hornpipe
The Ten Pound Fiddle
Mrs. Smyth of Methven’s


Buddy MacMaster: Fiddle
Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle
Betty Lou Beaton: Piano
Dave MacIsaac: Guitar

Blueprint Cover




Release Date: 2003

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

Track Listing & Sound Clips

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)


Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle, Tenor Banjo, Vocals, Narrations
Darol Anger: Octave Violin
Bela Fleck: Banjo
Alison Brown: Banjo
Jerry Douglas: Dobro
Victor Wooten: Bass
Viktor Krauss: Bass
Byron House: Bass
Edgar Meyer: Arco & Pizz Bass
Todd Phillips: Pizz Bass
Sam Bush: Mandolin
Matt Flinner: Mandolin
Tracey Dares: Piano
Philip Aaberg: Piano
John R. Burr: Synth
Brad Davidge: Guitar
Gordie Sampson: Guitar
Bryan Sutton: Guitar
Mike Marshall: Guitar
George Hebert: Guitar
Matt MacIsaac: Bagpipes, Small Pipes, Whistles
Sam Bacco: Percussion
Larry Atamanuik: Drums
John Cowan: Vocals
Kate Quinn: Vocals
John Chiasson: Bass

Partial Liner Notes

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.

Live Cover




Release date: 2002

LIVE is a double-CD, released in May 2002. It features the full-band sound as well as the traditional sounds of a Cape Breton square dance.

Disc one is representative of her high-powered, full band, musically progressive show, which has a reputation of bringing down houses no matter the venue. This collection was culled from the live recording of a concert at The Living Arts Center, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; which also served as the foundation for her nationally broadcast TV special.

Disc two features Natalie in her own “backyard” playing for a very traditional Cape Breton style square dance at the Glencoe Mills hall, on a long dirt road deep in the wooded foot hills of Cape Breton near her home of Troy. The CD is a window into the age-old traditions that were the foundation of everything Natalie has since become. Natalie’s double live CD packs a very well rounded and diverse musical punch, featuring something for everyone; not only fans of great fiddle playing but any fan of fantastic music.

“Whether she’s fronting a seven-piece show band or leading an acoustic trio, Natalie MacMaster stamps her authority on the music with a firm bow”
– Alex Monaghan, Folk World

“This new double CD captures both sides of the talented musician”
– Sandy MacDonald, Halifax Daily News

Track Listing & Sound Clips

DISC 1 – Living Arts Centre, Ontario

01. The Farewell
The Golden Tooth
The Farewell March
Charlie Hardie’s Reel
Frank Gilruth Reel
McArthur Road Reel

02. The Fairy Dance

The Ferry Bridge Clog
A Salute To Angus Chisholm
The Maid of Castlebar
The Kylebrack Rambler
The Fairy Dance

03. Torna A Surriento
Torna A Surriento
Reel For Brenda
The Flamenco Fling

04. Bog an Lochan Steps

Bog an Lochan
Prince Charlie’s Reel
Gabe Arsenault
Grant’s Reel

05. Blue Bonnets

Blue Bonnets Over The Border

06. Welcome To The Trossachs
Welcome To The Trossachs
Memories of Winston
Highlander’s Farewell To Ireland
The Gravel Walk
Colonel Thorton
The Hurricane

07. David’s Jig

David’s Jig
Valerie Pringle’s Reel

08. Tullochgorum

Coilsfield House
Mary Scott
Primrose Lasses
Seán sa Chó
The Dublin Reel

09. The A Medley
Memories of Paddy LeBlanc
Sandy Cameron Strathspey
Lucy Campbell Strathspey
The Picnic Reel
Old King’s Reel
Miss Lyle Reel
The Contradiction

10. The Encore

Last Night’s Fun
Lord Seaforth’s Reel
A Winston Jig
The Olympic Reel

DISC 2 – Glencoe Mills, Cape Breton

01. Intro

02. Opening Figure
The Knights Of St. Patrick
Jerry’s Beaver Hat
The Montana Jig
Paddy O’Rafferty

03. Second Figure

The Two Mile Bridge
The Champion Jig
Little Jack’s Jig
Jackson’s Fancy

04. Lively Steps Medley
Master McDermott’s
Lord Gordon’s Reel
Lively Steps
The Fourth Bridge
Master McDermott¹s
Tammy Sullivan’s
The Holly Bush
Rannie MacLellan’s Reel
Angus Chisholm’s Style

05. Jerry Tunes

The Humors Of Castle Comer
The Stonehouse Jig
Malcolm’s New Fiddle

06. Pipe Jigs
Scotty Fitzgerald’s Jig
The Piper’s Whim
A Donald Angus Gem
The Weavor and His Wife

07. Grand Promenade

Lady Gordon of Gordonstown
The Fife Hunt
The Marquis of Queensbury
The Auld Stewards of Fothergill
The Bird’s Nest
Laybourn’s Hornpipe
You’re Welcome Charlie Stewart
Donald MacGugan’s Rant
Jenny Pippin’s
Steer The Gill
A John Campbell Reel
The Pitnacree Ferryman

08. The Stepdancers Queue

The Old Kings Strathspey
Lochiel’s Awa’ To France
The Gladstone
Miss Betty Ann Gordon
The Olive Branch
Dinkie Dorrian’s
The Muileann Dubh
The Maid of Castlebar
The Kylebrack Rambler

09. One Good Holler

Mouth of The Tobique
The Night We Had The Goats
The Gravel Walk

Sheet Music

Air (Fan Submitted)
Jig (Fan Submitted)
Reel (Fan Submitted)


Live Disc 1

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle
Allan Dewar: Piano
Brad Davidge: Guitar
John Chiasson: Bass
Miche Pouliot: Drums
Daniel DaSilva: Percussion

Live Disc 2

Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle
Joel Chiasson: Piano
Dave MacIsaac: Guitar

In my Hands Cover

In My Hands



Release Date: 1999

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

Track Listing & Sound Clips

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

Sheet Music

 Air (Fan Submitted)
 Get Me Through December
(set to the tune ‘Neil Gow’s Lament‘)
 Slow Air


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

My Roots are Showing Cover

My Roots Are Showing



Release date: 1998

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

Track Listing & Sound Clips

01. Hey Johnny Cope!
Johnny Cope (with variations)
Dow’s Favorite
The Peeler’s Jacket
Lady Georgina Campbell

02. Willie Fraser

Willie Fraser
Thomas MacDonell’s
Geordie MacLeish
The Maiden’s Dream
Traditional Reel
College Groves

03. The Boys Of The Lake

The Detroit Jig
The Mucking Of Geordie Byre
The Boys Of The Lake

04. The Wildcat
The Wildcat
Little Nipper’s Hornpipe

05. 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

06. The Shakin’ O’ The Pocky
The Shakin’ O’ The Pocky

07. Captain Keeler
Miss Wharton Duff
Jimmy Linn’s Hornpipe
Miss Ann Carnegie
Miss Menzies Of Menzies
Captain Keeler

08. E Flat Set

The E Flat
The Recluse
James D. Law

09. 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


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

Partial Liner Notes

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.

No Boundaries



Release date: 1996

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

Track Listing & Sound Clips

01. The Honeysuckle Set
Lad O’Beirne’s
The Honeysuckle
Tammy Sullivan’s
The Holly Bush
Rannie MacLellan’s

02. My Friend Buddy

Blue Bonnets Over The Border
Danny MacEachern’s Piano
Alex MacDonnell’s Favorite
My Friend Buddy

03. Fiddle & Bow

Fiddle & Bow

04. Reel Béatrice
Béatrice (Oggi Nevica)
Seán Sa Chéo

05. Paddy LeBlanc’s Set

Memories Of Paddy LeBlanc
Sandy Cameron
Devil In The Kitchen
The Bridge Of Bamore
Arthur Muise
The Rejected Suitor

06. Silverwell’s

07. The Drunken Piper
Primrose Lasses
Far Am Bi Fhin
Father John Angus Rankin

08. Catharsis

09. 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


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

Partial Liner Notes

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

A Compilation Cover

A Compilation



Release Date: 1996

In 1989, Natalie MacMaster, then only 16, recorded her first album entitled, “Four On The Floor”. This album was made available only on cassette, however, helped bring Natalie’s personal and dynamic fiddle style to the attention of a much wider audience and helped launch her new career in traditional music.

Just two years later, Natalie followed up by releasing her second album, “Road To The Isle”, also only on cassette. These two titles went on to sell over 12 000 copies respectively. This was accomplished without a record label or distribution company.

Finally in 1996, highlights from both of these early recordings were combined to form this remastered CD release, “A Compilation”. The repertoire is classic Cape Breton: traditional tunes learned from such masters as Winston Fitzgerald and her uncle Buddy MacMaster, alongside tunes by island composers such as Jerry Holland and Dan R. MacDonald. Solid accompaniiment is provided by pianist John Morris Rankin, Betty Lou Beaton and guitarist Dave MacIsaac. On some tracks her own step-dancing can also be heard, which will evoke a strong image for listeners who have seen her perform live.

This CD is an excellent indication of Natalie’s very traditional beginnings and a wonderful collection of traditional fiddle tunes.

“… Her stellar performance on this recording foretells the direction and maturating Natalie MacMaster will undergo, propelling her ascent and designation as one of today’s elite young traditional fiddlers” — Celtic Music Magazine

Track Listing & Sound Clips

1. Spey In Spate

Spey In Spate
The Forth Bridge
The Fox Hunter

2. Mountain Road
The Earl Of Dalhousie’s Happy Return To Scotland
Back Of The Change House
Bob Steele’s
Mountain Road

3. Mahone Bay Jig
Mahone Bay
Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be

4. Amelia’s Waltz
Amelia’s Waltz
The Fir Tree
Athole Brose
The Pondville

5. Happy Go Lucky Clogs

Happy Go Lucky
Fred Wilson’s
Carnie’s Canter

6. King Of The Clans
King Of The Clans
Johnny’s Made a Wedding O’T
Cameron’s One Legged Hen

7. Buttermilk Mary Jigs
Cronin’s Favorite
Buttermilk Mary

8. The King’s Set

The Headlands
Captain Campbell
Callum Breugach
King George
O’er The Isles To America
Sandy Cameron
The Cape Breton Fiddler’s Welcome To The Shetlands

9. Newcastle Hornpipes
The Second Star
Mrs Forbes Leith
Mary Claire
Jabe Meadow

10. One For The Record

The Eavesdropper
The Knight’s Of St-Patrick
One For The Record
Shandon Bells

11. Road To The Isle
Road To The Isle
Homeward Bound

12. Capers Jigs
Doug MacPhee’s Visit
Short Grass

13. Blackberry Blossom

Blackberry Blossom
The Red Haired Lass
Paddy O’Brien’s
The Dawn

14. A Buddy Jig
A Buddy MacMaster Jig
Connaughtman’s Rambles

15. Glen Of Thickets

Airidh nam badam

16. Johnny Wilmot’s Fiddles

To Daun’t On Me
Cameron Chisolm’s
Haughs Of Cromdale
Johnny Wilmot’s Fiddle
Mrs Kennedy Of Greenan
Fermoy Lasses


Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle
John Morris Rankin: Piano, Synth., Bass
Dave MacIsaac: Guitar, Bass, Mandolin
Betty Lou Beaton: Piano

Fit as a Fiddle Cover

Fit As A Fiddle



Release Date: 1993

Recorded at CBC Studio H., Halifax, May 1993. Produced by Glenn Meisner and Dave MacIsaac. This is Natalie’s first recording released on CD and is full of lively and fresh arrangements and includes many noteworthy musicians.

1993 saw Natalie back in the recording studio to update her sound and take it to another level. This is a traditionally based recording which has stood the test of time like few others.

Recorded before her recording contracts were in place and world wide touring schedules were in full flight, this is still Cape Breton fiddle music in a very basic but beautiful setting. The accompaniment is top-notch with Dave MacIsaac on Guitar, Tracey Dares and Howie MacDonald on Piano, Jamie MacInnis on Highland Bagpipes and Sandy Moore on Harp.
Featured prominently are Celtic guitarist extraordinaire, Dave MacIsaac and piano player Tracey Dares. Highlights include: the beautiful, “If Ever You Were Mine” and the ever popular, “Jean’s Reel”. The artwork was changed completely for this title in 1996. The recording was also remastered at that time.

“… Fit as a Fiddle is a brilliant album. 13 tracks, mostly sets of strathspeys and reels or jig sets with acouple of airs and a waltz thrown in, fairly jump off the CD with excitement and driving rhythms.”
– Northern Journey

“… Her playing does justice to those slow but methodical strathspeys with their sudden surprises of multiple triplets, and the jigs and reels are infectiously fun. Her snappy bow work adds bounce to the tunes. She knows how to “drive ’em” as they say down East”
– Gordon Fisch, Northern Journey

Track Listing & Sound Clips

Track 1
John Campbell’s
Miss Ann Moirs Birthday
Lady Georgina Campbell
Angus On The Turnpike
Sheehan’s Reel

Track 2
My Dungannon Sweetheart
Scaffies Cairet
Juniper Jig

Track 3
Carnival March
Miller Of Drone
MacKinnon’s Brook
Lucy Campbell
Annie Is My Darling
Gordon Cote
Bird’s Nest
Maid Behind The Bar

Track 4
Nancy’s Waltz

Track 5
Compliments To Sean Maguire
President Garfield
Miss Watt
Casa Loma Castle

Track 6

O’r The Moor Among The Heather
Lady Mary Ramsay
Jenny Dang The Weaver
The Lassies Of Stewarton
Garfield Vale

Track 7

Jean’s Reel

Track 8
I’ll Always Remember You

Track 9

The Girls At Martinfield
Bennett’s Favorite
The Green Fields Of Glentown

Track 10

The Rakes Of Kildare
The Lark In The Morning

Track 11

The Lass Of Carrie Mills
Lennox’s Love To Blantyre
Archie Menzies
Reichwall Forest

Track 12

If Ever You Were Mine

Track 13

The MacNeils Of Ugadale
Maclaine Of Loch Buie
Colville’s Rant
Pibroch O’Donal Dhu


Natalie MacMaster: Fiddle, Step Dancing
David MacIsaac: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass
Howie MacDonald: Piano
Tracey Dares: Piano and Synth
Tom Roach: Drums and Percussion
Jamie MacInnis: Highland Pipes
Sandy Moore: Celtic Harp

Live in Cape Breton




Recorded in October 2006 at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton with Bela Fleck, Carlos Nunez and more.

View DVD Booklet (PDF)

Track Listing

01. Welcome to the Trossachs
02. The Silver Spear
03. Traditional Medley (with Bela Fleck)
04. Jig Party
05. Flea as a Bird
06. Ave Maria (with Hayley Westenra)
07. Tullochgorum
08. Anniversary Waltz (with Donnell Leahy)
09. G Medley
10. King George Medley (with Buddy MacMaster & Cape Breton Fiddler’s Association)
11. Pretty Mary Medley

Bonus Tracks:
12. Drum Dance
13. Step Dance Extravaganza
14. Bela Solo
15. Volcanic Jig

Fiddle Lesson VHS




A FIDDLE LESSON: Intermediate Level is a 70 minute long DVD featuring:

– on-screen musical notation of grace notes and bowing
– close-up views of the fingerboard
– personal instruction of five tunes: a march, strathspey, reel, jig, clog
– performance of tunes at slow and regular tempos
– 8-page booklet includes musical notation for grace notes, bowing and eight traditional tunes

Reissue of the original Fiddle Lesson video on VHS