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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...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661702523
  • Catalog Number: 617025

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, Hand Clapping
Marie Berard Violin
James Blennerhassett Bass
Charlie Cooley Drums, Hand Clapping, Snare Drums, Hand Clapping
Al 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, Hand Clapping
Paul Widner Cello
Mark OConner Fiddle
Gordie Sampson Organ, Acoustic Guitar, 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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This is a fabulous, fun CD. There are pieces that are rooted in the classic tradition of Irish music, but also some that are more modern. Anyone who enjoys Irish/Celtic music, must have this for their music library. I highly recommend it!!

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