Natalie MacMaster performing in Centralville, Massachusetts, 2007
|Birth name||Natalie Kate MacMaster|
|Born||June 13, 1972|
|Origin||Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Genres||Cape Breton fiddle music|
|Associated acts||Buddy MacMaster
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 (Beaton) MacMaster, and the niece of Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster. She is the cousin of two other Cape Breton fiddlers, Ashley MacIsaac and Andrea Beaton. She was born on June 13 1972. In 2002, she married fiddler Donnell Leahy of the Leahy family band, and moved to Lakefield, Ontario, where she currently resides with her husband and three children. In December, 2005 she gave birth to a daughter. Her second child, a son, was born in June, 2007. Her third child, a daughter, was born in February, 2009.
MacMaster began playing the fiddle at the age of nine, and made her performing debut the same year at a square dance in Glencoe Mills, Nova Scotia. When she was sixteen she released her first album, Four on the Floor, and a second album, Road to the Isle, followed in 1991. Both of these self-produced albums were initially released only on cassette, but Rounder Records omitted a few tracks and re-released as A Compilation in 1998.
She has received a number of Canadian music awards, including several "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 also awarded an honorary doctorate from Niagara University in New York in 2006. In 2006, she was made a member of the Order of Canada.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||CRIA|
|1989||Four on the Floor
|1991||Road to the Isle
|1993||Fit as a Fiddle
|1999||In My Hands
|2000||My Roots Are Showing
|2005||Traditional Music from Cape Breton Island
(with Buddy MacMaster)
|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|