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Natalie MacMaster
Iconic Cape Breton Style Fiddler
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September 15, 2022 - 4:17 pm
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@ABitRusty - 

You are responsible (Thank You) for sending me off to learn more great music - reminded me in your Mrs Russell of Blackhall (strathespy) Thread that there are a couple other tunes Natalie MacMaster plays that I've been meaning to learn... it's only fair I try to entice you into learning them, too! 

She caught my attention with this SLOW version of the "Flora MacDonald" Reel. 



There's sheet music at The Session but this Tutorial Sampling, by Hanneke Cassel, has me thinking maybe it's time for me to resubscribe to Fiddlevideo for a few months - especially since I won't be able to attend this November's Fiddle Hell, in Massachusetts. 


Natalie MacMaster also plays this great Gerry Holland 3-4(?) parter, "Mom's Jig" - been on my list.


Mom's Jig Sheet Music and I see there's a few tutorial videos on YouTube. 




← "Fiddle Wolf" by Tim Bowers. 


- Emily


September 15, 2022 - 5:44 pm
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like flora mcdonald @elcbk. thats funny ive been kickin around another fiddlevideo subscription.

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September 15, 2022 - 8:25 pm
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I love her playing! This was the last tune I worked on that she plays, I have to go back to it, it’s a fun but challenging one:


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September 15, 2022 - 10:07 pm
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@damfino -


When the Jigs get played as fast as Reels, I have to bow my head - she's like the Ultimate Energizer Bunny... wish I had even a speck of it!

That's a crazy 4-parter - YOU GO GIRL!!! 

- Emily


April 22, 2024 - 1:49 pm
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I started learning this set Natalie MacMaster played on for the Chieftain's "Fire In The Kitchen" album.  

Fingal's Cave, Sean Ryan's The Castle, The Spey in SpateThe Reconciliation (links to notation). 


I have the first 2 down, except I need much more work on the gracenotes for Fingal's - I just haven't worked enough on Scottish ornaments to make them as comfortable as what I do for trad Irish & they're important to me.  Hope to start on the 2 Reels next week. 


...glad I dug up this thread - had forgotten about "Flora MacDonald" (in the OP)!

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