No Boundaries

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All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
In the 1960s and '70s there was growing concern within Celtic music circles that the perceived lack of interest and participation could jeopardize the future of that tradition. With the arrival and subsequent success of artists like Altan, Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, and Ashley MacIsaac, those worries amount to nothing but a distant memory. The educational opportunities are now abundant, the development of talent is ongoing, and the fruits of these efforts are being harvested routinely. One of the 1990s' most exciting and gifted fiddlers is Natalie MacMaster from Cape Breton, the wonderfully Celtic-rich region of Nova Scotia. Although only 24 years of age at the time of its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Sleger
In the 1960s and '70s there was growing concern within Celtic music circles that the perceived lack of interest and participation could jeopardize the future of that tradition. With the arrival and subsequent success of artists like Altan, Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, and Ashley MacIsaac, those worries amount to nothing but a distant memory. The educational opportunities are now abundant, the development of talent is ongoing, and the fruits of these efforts are being harvested routinely. One of the 1990s' most exciting and gifted fiddlers is Natalie MacMaster from Cape Breton, the wonderfully Celtic-rich region of Nova Scotia. Although only 24 years of age at the time of its release, No Boundaries is her fourth recording, and as the title suggests, her most diverse. In addition to MacMaster's extremely fluid, precise technique and her devotion to the traditional Cape Breton fiddle tunes, there are a few surprises here, most notably the bluegrass and erstwhile Texas swing favorite "Beaumont Rag," performed in true swing fashion. The oft-interpreted "Reel Beatrice" receives a funky treatment with full band, and special guest Cookie Rankin provides Gaelic singing and "scatting" to the slow hip-hop beat of "The Drunken Piper." Acoustic guitarist Dave MacIsaac deserves mention for his accomplished work throughout and producer Chad Irschick Rankin Family and Loreena McKennitt ties together some seemingly disparate music forms with amazing ease and dexterity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/1997
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661702349
  • Catalog Number: 617023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Honeysuckle Set (5:42)
  2. 2 My Friend Buddy (4:07)
  3. 3 Fiddle & Bow (5:10)
  4. 4 Reel Beatrice (3:30)
  5. 5 Paddy LeBlanc's Set (5:54)
  6. 6 Silverwells (3:40)
  7. 7 The Drunken Piper (4:07)
  8. 8 Catharsis (2:30)
  9. 9 Where's Howie? (3:46)
  10. 10 Bill Crawford's Set (3:28)
  11. 11 The Beaumont Rag (3:31)
  12. 12 The Autograph (5:58)
  13. 13 Rev. Archie Beaton (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie MacMaster Primary Artist, Fiddle, Mouth Percussion
Ann Armstrong Violin
Scott Alexander Acoustic Bass
Marie Berard Violin
Bryan Epperson Cello
Michael Francis Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Chad Irschick Synthesizer
Sylvia Lange Viola
Brian Leonard Percussion, Drums
Ray Parker Jr. Keyboards
Douglas Perry Viola
Tom Szczesniak Bass
Tracey Dares Piano
Dave MacIsaac Guitar
Diane Tait Violin
Paul Widner Cello
Cookie Rankin Vocals
Annalee Patipatanakoon Violin
Steve Smith Pedal Steel Guitar
Paul Zevenhuizen Violin
Technical Credits
Claude Desjardins Programming
Chad Irschick Producer, Engineer
George Graves Mastering
Paul M. MacDonald Liner Notes
Doug Aucoin Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Celtic!

    Natalie MacMaster is one of the best celtic violinists I've found - and I have searched far and wide. Wonderful work! I highly recommend this CD.

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