Natalie MacMaster

Natalie MacMaster , CM (born June 13, 1972) is an award-winning fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County , Nova Scotia, Canada who plays Cape Breton fiddle music .

MacMaster has toured with the Chieftains , Faith Hill , Carlos Santana and Alison Krauss , and has Recorded with Yo-Yo Ma . She has Appeared at the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton , Celtic Connections in Scotland, and MerleFest in the United States.


MacMaster is the daughter of Alex and Minnie (nee Beaton) MacMaster and the sister of Kevin and David MacMaster. She is the niece of the late Renowned Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster and the cousin of two other fiddlers, Ashley MacIsaac and Andrea Beaton. She is ook distantly related to Jack White . [1]

In 2002, she married fiddler Donnell Leahy of the Leahy family band, and moved to Lakefield, Ontario . Leahy and MacMaster port six children, and port Performed and Recorded together as a duo.

MacMaster Began playing the fiddle at the age of nine, [2] and made re performing debuts the co year at a square dance in Glencoe Mills, Nova Scotia. [ Citation needed ] When she was sixteen she released re first album, Four on the Floor , and a second album, Road to the Isle , Followed in 1991. Her first album was self-produktie, [2] while re second was co produktie by John Morris Rankin ( The Rankin Family ) and Tom O’Keefe (as per original cassette jacket). Both albums ulcers initially released only on cassette, but Rounder Records omitted a few tracks and re-released as A Compilation in 1998. In recent years she has expanded re musical repertoire, mixing re Cape Breton roots with music from Scotland and Ireland, as well as American bluegrass . [3]

In 2004, MacMaster Appeared on Sharon, Lois & Bram ‘s 25th Anniversary Concert Special Titled ” 25 Years of Skinnamarink ” that Aired on CBC on January 1, 2004 at 7:00 pm. She Performed two songs with the trio: “CHICKEN” and “Grandpa’s Farm”.


She has RECEIVED a number of Canadian music awards, zoals verschillende “Artist of the Year” awards from the East Coast Music Association , two Juno Awards for best instrumental album, and “Fiddler of the Year” from the Canadian Country Music Association . MacMaster was ook Awarded an honorary doctorate from Niagara University in New York in 2006. In 2006, she was made a member of the Order of Canada . [4]



title album details Peak chart positions Certifications
( sales thresholds )
CAN US Heat US Indie US Folk US Grass
Four on the Floor
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Astro Custom Records
Road to the Isle
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Astro Custom Records
Fit as a Fiddle
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • CAN : Gold
A Compilation
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Rounder Records
No Boundaries
  • Release date: March 11, 1997
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • CAN: Gold
In My Hands
  • Release date: September 14, 1999
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • CAN: Gold
My Roots Are Showing
  • Release date: April 11, 2000
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Release date: June 4, 2002
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Release date: September 9, 2003
  • Label: Rounder Records
Yours Truly
  • Release date: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Rounder Records
Cape Breton Girl
  • Release date: November 1, 2011
  • Label: Music MacMaster
One (with Donnell Leahy )
  • Release date: April 28, 2015
  • Label: DLL / MacMaster Music
23 4 15 6
“-” Denotes releases dat did not chart


Year single Peak positions album
1996 “Catharsis” No Boundaries
1997 “Fiddle and Bow” (with Bruce Guthro )
“The Drunken Piper” (with Cookie Rankin )
1999 “In My Hands” 18 In My Hands
“Get Me Through December” (with Alison Krauss ) 40
2004 “Appropriate Dipstick” Blueprint
“-” Denotes releases dat did not chart

Music videos

Year video Director
1996 “Catharsis”
1997 “Fiddle and Bow” (with Bruce Guthro ) Andrew MacNaughtan
“The Drunken Piper” (with Cookie Rankin )
1999 “In My Hands” Christopher Mills
“Get Me Through December” (with Alison Krauss ) Mark Hesselink
2004 “Appropriate Dipstick”
2014 ” Go Tell It on the Mountain ”
(with Johnny Reid and The Rankins )
Margaret Malandrucco

Other appearances

  • Traditional Music From Cape Breton Island , Nimbus NI5383, 1993 (two tracks)
  • Celtic Colours – The Road Home , 1997 (one track)
  • Celtic Colours – The Second Wave , 1998 (one track)
  • Celtic Colours – Forgotten Roots , 1999 (one track)
  • Roots Music: An American Journey , Rounder 0501, 2001 (one track)
  • Songs for the Savoy , 2001 (one track)
  • Celtic Colours – The Colours of Cape Breton , 2002 (one track)
  • Celtic Colours – Volume VII , 2003 (one track)
  • The Rough Guide to the Music of Canada , 2005 (one track)
  • Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace; Songs: A Christmas Jig / Mouth of the Tobique Reel; 2008 (Sony BMG)
  • Thomas Dolby: Amerikana EP , Songs: Toad Lickers and 17 Hills 2010 (Lost Toy People, Inc.)


  1. Jump up^ “White Stripes Gear up for Canada, Find Family Along the Way”, SoulShine, June 19, 2007.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b “Natalie MacMaster” . Canadian Encyclopedia .
  3. Jump up^ “A Celtic Celebration with Natalie MacMaster” . National Arts Centre, Ottawa.
  4. Jump up^ “Governor General to Invest 41 Recipients into tje Order of Canada” . The Governor General of Canada Web site . May 2, 2007 . Retrieved April 1, 2010 .