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listen  1. In My HandsNatalie MacMaster 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Welcome To The TrossachsNatalie MacMaster 7:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. GrammaNatalie MacMaster 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Blue Bonnets Over The BorderNatalie MacMaster 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. New York JigNatalie MacMaster 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Flamenco FlingNatalie MacMaster 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Space CeilidhNatalie MacMaster 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Olympic ReelNatalie MacMaster 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Father John MacLeod's JigNatalie MacMaster 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Get Me Through DecemberAlison Krauss 6:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The FarewellNatalie MacMaster 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Moxham CastleNatalie MacMaster 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mom's JigNatalie MacMaster 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Flora MacDonaldNatalie MacMaster 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 14, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / UMGD
  • ASIN: B00000K52U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In My Hands finds Natalie MacMaster pushing out even further from the traditional Cape Breton-style fiddling of her lineage, offering up her most ambitious and engaging project to date. Beginning with the ethereal dance-beat-underscored title cut, MacMaster takes on vocals for the first time, approximating something quite unexpected and altogether charming: Lisa Germano meets Rumi in a head-on collision of explosive sensuality and acid-funk ceilidh groove. Elsewhere the sprightly fiddle mistress plays ringmaster to a revolving all-star cast of musicians, including Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, fiery flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, Nashville fiddler Mark O'Connor, and bluegrass sweetheart Alison Krauss, who provides vocals on the crossover ballad "Get Me Through December." Despite MacMaster's envelope pushing, traditionalists need not fear; for every far-fetched "Flamenco Fling" or raving "Space Ceilidh" there's the bittersweet restraint of "The Farewell" or the simple fiddle and step-dance exuberance of "Mom's Jig." More fun than a barrel of monkeys, this set will find a wide audience. --Paige La Grone

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Genre: Folk Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 14-SEP-1999

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Playing, step dancing... she even had audience members up on stage with her!
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"Flamenco Fling" will make you want to get up and dance with it's mixture of Natalie's fiddle playing and the flamenco guitars and horns.
Darren O'Neill
It simply does not get any better than this! "In My Hands" is an album that will mesmerize you as you listen to it.
Darren O'Neill

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Darren O'Neill on December 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If there was ever an artist that put her heart and soul into her music, it's Natalie MacMaster. Her latest release, "In My Hands" is filled with a presence, a life force if you will, that has made this one of the finest cd's ever to come into my collection. Natalie has long been known as one of the best Cape Breton style fiddlers around, and this disc showcases why.
One of the things that makes this disc so good is the fact that Natalie seamlessly brings together traditional and modern sounds, as well as drawing from a variety of different musical styles. The title track may shock some traditionalists, with it's lush musical landscapes and modern instrumentation that could easily be found on a lot of New Age or Alternative discs. The track also marks the first time that Natalie lends her voice to one of her songs, and I really look forward to hearing more of this on her future releases.
The only other song on the disc that contains a vocal is "Get Me Through December" where Alison Krauss lends her voice to this beautiful ballad about a woman looking for the faith and spirit to love again. The amazing thing about the rest of the tracks on this disc is that they bring as much emotion, without the luxury of using words to express them. For example, the beautifully played lonesome fiddle sound of "Blue Bonnets Over The Border" cuts directly into your soul with a sense of loss and sadness that has to be felt to properly explain it.
"Flamenco Fling" will make you want to get up and dance with it's mixture of Natalie's fiddle playing and the flamenco guitars and horns.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
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Natalie MacMaster is a young, spirited fiddler who has won numerous awards for her work, including "Female Artist Of The Year" at the 1999 East Coast Music Awards. This album is easily her best work yet, including elements ranging from Latin to Celtic, but always expressed within the context of her traditional Cape Breton musical upbringing. Special guests include Alison Krauss, who lends her gorgeous vocals to the Gordie Sampson/Fred Lavery composition, "Get Me Through December." This is an entirely original and highly enjoyable work that will surprise and delight music fans of all types.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kevin on February 16, 2004
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This CD is well worth purchasing just to have "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" and "Get Me Through December". Both airs (slow fiddle tunes) are incredibly beautiful and haunting. I have heard the 18th Century air "Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife" played by many different Scottish fiddlers in its traditional form, including by Natalie MacMaster in concert, and it always takes my breath away. Natalie interprets that air on this CD as "Get Me Through December" with the assistance of Alison Krauss on vocals. The lyrics and Krauss' voice complement perfectly Natalie's fiddle to capture the mood of the air without slavishly following the tune. Niel Gow would have been proud.
There are some traditional jigs and reels, as well as the aforementioned airs, on this CD, but most of the tunes are "fusion" type recordings with non-Celtic genres of music. Some of the tunes will grow on you, and some won't, but Natalie's playing is impressive, as always, on everything.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By goodoldmac on April 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
is being at one of her concerts. MacMaster, who is still well shy of her 30th birthday, is an undeniable master (ok, mistress) of the fiddle. No one puts more of herself into their music, no one can blend what you would think are clashing styles and make them work the way she can. I mean, mixing celtic fiddle and flamenco of all things...but it WORKS and its great! Neither will those who love the traditonal celtic music with which MacMaster made her reputation feel slighted. The beautiful "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" "Flora MacDonald" and lively "Gramma"(plus others)are here for you. If you have never listened to Natalie MacMaster you are cheating yourself of some real pleasure and if you get the chance to actually see her perform some of these tunes live, be sure not to miss it. I just can't figure out how she has escaped wider notice by US audicences.....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Q Rennich on December 4, 1999
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Natalie MacMaster is a super artist! It is rare that I like every song on a CD, but "In My Hands" is that rare case. Each composition talks to you and Natalie has a quality that makes her music project with feeling to your inner conscience. I am going to look forward to a concert at the first opportunity!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
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I saw this lady in concert and I became an instant fan! Her talent and energy are boundless. She is truly gifted with her awsome talent. I can listen to her CD's and my mood instantly shifts back to the positive. Her ability to blend the tunes of days gone by with a modern twist is pure genius. Her music is very emotional.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
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This is my very first MacMaster CD, I overheard her tunes on a public radio station, and I had to have it. Her fiddling in 'In My Hands' is energizing yet calming, traditional yet anew, and musculine yet soft. I am looking forward to listening to her musics for a long time.
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