Several years ago my wife and I had the great good fortune to travel to Cape Bretton Island at the eastern end of Nova Scotia. Often compared to the Scottish Highlands, Cape Bretton Island is a breathtakingly beautiful place. Part of what makes this place so unique is the traditional fiddle music of the island. You hear it just about everywhere you go. When we returned from our trip we discovered the music of Natalie MacMaster on our local public radio station. And while this is not the type of stuff I generally listen to "My Roots Are Showing" is a delightful CD.
It seems that Natalie MacMaster is on a mission. She is determined to attract more people to traditional Cape Breton music. And what's not to like? "My Roots Are Showing" features a wide variety of styles from jigs to reels and Strathspeys. Mind you I am just learning about this form of music so I cannot speak about it with any authority. What I do know however is that this disc is a joy to listen to. The musicianship is first rate all around. In addition, I found the eight page booklet very helpful as I attempt to educate myself about traditional Cape Bretton fiddle music. "My Roots Are Showing" is a nice addition to our music library. Highly recommended.
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Natalie MacMaster has been extending her scope far beyond traditional music, and reaching a wider audience, but this release takes her right back home. It's nothing more or less than a glorious ceilidh album, dance tunes played on acoustic instruments, and it's obvious from her playing that she revels in being able to do this again. These most definitely are her roots, the Scots tunes filtered through her Cape Breton home, and it's quite possible there's no one of her generation who can do this stuff better--just listen to "A Glencoe Dance Set," which was recorded live, and you'll understand that you don't need to be plugged in to generate electricity. Even the slower tunes have a bright perkiness. MacMaster's fiddle playing is completely in the Cape Breton tradition, and she never forgets this is music meant for dancing--just try sitting still while it's on. Let's hope she does it again soon. --Chris Nickson
1. Hey Johnny Cope! /March: Johnny Cope/Reels: the Dowd's Favorite/Pares 2. Willie Fraser/ Strathspeys: Willie Fraser/Thomas MacDonnell's/ ... 3. Boys of the Lake/ Jigs: the Detroit Jig/The Mucking of Geordie's Byre 4. Wildcate: the Wildcat/Little Nipper's Hornpipe 5. Balmoral Highlanders/ Pipe March: The Balmoral Highlanders/ Strathspey 6. Shakin's O' the Pocky 7. Captain Keeler/ Hornpipes: Miss Wharton Duff/Jimmy Linn's Hornpipe 8. E Flat Set: the E Flat Reel/The Recluse/James D. Law 9. Glad You Made It, Howie!: Mary Scott/The Ewie Wi' The Crookit ...