In My Hands

In My Hands

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by Natalie MacMaster
     
 

In a sensuous lyric spoken over traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, Natalie MacMaster makes her passion clear in the opening track of IN MY HANDS. From there, the lively journey is mostly instrumental and entirely unpredictable -- "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" traces the dancing energy of Cape Breton's highland roots; "Space Ceilidh" takes that Celtic-rooted drive… See more details below

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In a sensuous lyric spoken over traditional Cape Breton fiddle music, Natalie MacMaster makes her passion clear in the opening track of IN MY HANDS. From there, the lively journey is mostly instrumental and entirely unpredictable -- "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" traces the dancing energy of Cape Breton's highland roots; "Space Ceilidh" takes that Celtic-rooted drive into the future with vision and vengeance. A fiddling prodigy from Cape Breton's MacMaster family of musicians, Natalie pays tribute to the matriarch in "Gramma." Then there's a tune where MacMaster's traditional step dancing moves are echoed by drum hits, and a fiery exchange of Spanish-flavored riffs with flamenco guitar ace Jesse Cook in "Flamenco Fling." Accordion Player Sharon Shannon and fiddler Mark O'Connor also guest, along with Alison Krauss, who provides the vocals in a gentle version of "Get Me Through December." A cornucopia of musical ideas, to be sure, successfully connected by MacMaster's outstanding ability to make traditional music thoroughly contemporary.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The basic approach taken by Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster and her producer, arranger, and guitarist Gordie Sampson is to take a group of traditional tunes, for example, the march and three reels mixed together and called "The Farewell," and come up with a folk-rock arrangement that emphasizes MacMaster's lyrical playing as well as a sturdy backbeat. But the two feel the need to spice things up even more, and so there are several unusual tracks, starting with the lead-off title song, in which MacMaster recites a lyric in tribute to her instrument, and including "Space Ceilidh," which features some appropriately spacy "programming"; "Olympic Reel," a rock workout with new age elements written by Mark O'Connor, who duels with MacMaster on his own fiddle; and "Get Me Through December," a ballad with Alison Krauss on vocals. The result is a hybrid album intended to appeal to a broader audience than the purist Celtic crowd, or perhaps to introduce them to some new sounds without putting them off.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661702523
catalogNumber:
617025

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Tracks

  1. In My Hands: The Drunken Lady  - Gordie Sampson
  2. Welcome to the Trossachs: Welcome to the Trossachs/Memories of Winston
  3. Gramma: Maudabawn Chapel/Frank's Reel
  4. Blue Bonnets over the Border
  5. New York Jig: The New York Jig/Mrs. Gordon of Park/The Moil in the Wad
  6. Flamenco Fling: Music/Reel for Brenda/Flamenco Fling
  7. Space Ceilidh: The Night We Had the Goats/The Fairy Dance
  8. Olympic Reel
  9. Father John MacLeod's
  10. Get Me Through December
  11. The Farewell: Farewell March/Charlie Hardie Reel/Frank Gilruth ...
  12. Moxham Castle: Moxham Castle/Mr, Thomas Forbes/The Moving ...
  13. Mom's Jig: The Northside Kitchen/Mom's Jig/A Deanadh Im
  14. Flora MacDonald

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natalie MacMaster   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals,Background Vocals,Electric Fiddle
Alison Krauss   Vocals,Track Performer
Matt Rollings   Piano
Sharon Shannon   Accordion
Scott Alexander   Bass
Art Avalos   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Marie Berard   Violin
James Blennerhassett   Bass
Charlie Cooley   Drums,Hand Clapping,Snare Drums
Cross   Drums,Snare Drums
Aaron Davis   Piano,fender rhodes
Bruce Dixon   Bass
Phil Dwyer   Trombone,Saxophone
Fujice Imajishi   Violin
John Jarvis   Piano
Viktor Krauss   Bass
Brian Leonard   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums
Brent Mason   Guitar
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Douglas Perry   Viola
Chase Sanborn   Trumpet
Amy Sky   Vocals
Harry Stinson   Drums,Snare Drums,Hand Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Kevin Breit   Electric Guitar,Guitorgan
Dave MacIsaac   Guitar
Howie MacDonald   Piano
Terry Promane   Trumpet
Mary Shannon   Mandolin
Ray Fean   Drums
Jesse Cook   Guitar,Hand Clapping
Paul Widner   Cello
Mark OConner   Fiddle
Gordie Sampson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping
Mike Shepherd   Recorder
Denis Keldie   Organ,Hammond Organ
Joel Chiasson   Piano
Laoise Kelly   Harp
Matthew Foulds   Hand Clapping,Palmas
Davide Direnzo   Percussion
George Kohler   Bass

Technical Credits

Niel Gow   Composer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Aaron Davis   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Natalie MacMaster   Arranger,Step Dancing
Andrew MacNaughtan   Art Direction
Gordie Sampson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Mike Shepherd   Engineer
Scott MacMillan   String Arrangements
Jamie Foulds   Programming,Engineer
Matthew Foulds   Programming

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