KSUT Sessions: Natalie Macmaster

Feb 24, 2016

The master of the Cape Breton style unpacks her fiddle for our listeners.

Natalie MacMaster demonstrating the Cape Breton Sound on KSUT.
Credit Mark Duggan

Nova Scotia native Natalie MacMaster brought her Cape Breton sound to Durango and KSUT in May of 2014.

MacMaster picked up the fiddle at age nine, began performing in public shortly thereafter, and released her first album by the time she was 16.

Eleven albums and thousands of shows later, she's taken her original Cape Breton fiddle sound and expanded it to include bluegrass and Celtic music.

MacMaster has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, and toured with Carlos Santana, Alison Krauss, and the Chieftains.

She is the recipient of numerous Canadian music awards, including two Junos for best instrumental album, and 'Fiddler of the Year' from the Canadian Country Music Association.

Session notes:
Natalie MacMaster recorded live on KSUT, May 14 2015.
Interviewer: Chris Aaland
Live Mix Engineer: Mark Duggan
Post-Production Engineer: Mark Duggan

A technical note: KSUT Sessions were initially mixed for live broadcast and 'captured' by recording equipment. Post-production sometimes revealed deficiencies unique to the recording. Efforts were taken to reduce such deficiencies, but some are still audible.