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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / UMGD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Volcanic Jig
2. NPG
3. Flea As A Bird
4. Farewell To Peter
5. Matt And Nat's
6. David's Jig
7. Danny Boy
8. Traditional Medley
9. Cape Classico
10. Julia's Waltz
11. Mother Nature
12. Interlude

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Product Description

A relentlessly inventive fiddler and mesmerizing performer, Natalie Mac Master is one of the foremost artists on today's vital Cape Breton music scene. Yours Truly finds her continuing to ingeniously fold new sounds and concepts into her rich Cape Breton musical heritage, proudly claiming a place for the timeless strains of her native traditions in today's musical universe. Why is it called Yours Truly? It is without a doubt that MacMaster's fiddle playing has put Cape Breton Island on the map. Long one of Canada's national treasures, Cape Breton Island is known for both its natural beauty and unique culture. The Island is home to a distinctive musical scene. Talking about Yours Truly, she says, "How can I describe it? There's one really rocky kind of tune on there....It's got electric guitar - lots of electric guitar actually, big worldly. I wrote about 70 percent of the record. I tell people this record is more me than anything I've ever done. So that's why it's called Yours Truly.

Though the music of Canadian fiddler Natalie MacMaster remains rooted in her native Cape Breton, it continues to branch in some surprising directions. No purist, MacMaster employs an aggressive guitar and rhythm section, along with mini-Moog and electric pipes on "Matt & Nat's," while the jazzy intro to the "Flea as a Bird" medley seems to channel the style of Stephane Grappelli. Guest vocalist Michael McDonald gives the traditional "Danny Boy" a soulful, somber twist, and "Farewell to Peter" offers an instrumental elegy to Peter Jennings, MacMaster's late friend and countryman. Yet uptempo instrumentals dominate, as the opening "Volcanic Jig" builds to an eruption worthy of its title, "David's Jig" employs her step dancing as percussion, and her flamboyant virtuosity through much of the music finds her rarely settling for one note where she can squeeze in three or four. --Don McLeese

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She is an inspiration and a music marvel!
Julia Marcum
Favorite tracks on this CD... NPG Farewell To Peter Matt & Nat's Traditional Medley Cape Classico Julia's Waltz Thank you Natalie.
Frederick H. Wegner
Natalie's fiddle playing with get you on your feet!
M. MacGowan

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MTR on January 19, 2007
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I first heard Natalie MacMaster in 1998 when I was blown away by a track I heard (Catharsis) on a local college radio folk music program. I called the station to ask who, what song, and what album, and have counted myself among NM's fans ever since. She is an amazing talent, who continues to work her fiddle (her voice, really) like a master sculptor of sound.

Having said that, "Yours Truly" still took me by surprise. This is the locomotive of NM's musical development really speeding up - music you can practically chew, with gravy and potatoes on the side. The tracks take you on journeys of glorious imagination via beautifully constructed arrangements, ranging from gentle, soothing melodies to those toe-tapping, frenzied, delicious rhythms we all have come to expect and love - in fact, one of them is downright headbanging! The excellent musicians featured on this album are a reminder that no matter how exceptional the solo artist is, she only as good as the band beside her. You almost feel that they all inspire each other to play their best, and their best is what you get. This album gave me a new appreciation for the cello and the hammond organ. Some tracks contain so many different instrumental "voices" I almost expected some unpleasant collisions, but what results instead is a well choreographed acoustic ballet, with all the sounds skillfully dancing with and around each other. As far as Michael Macdonald's rendition of "Danny Boy" is concerned - sure it's been done better, but with a bit of imagination, I found it quite warm and stirring.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie P. Guimond on October 23, 2006
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Three months ago I never even heard of Natalie Macmaster, then I heard her music on Accuradio's RadioCelt. Three CD's later (Live, Blueprint and now Yours Truly) I'm a big fan.

Natalie's latest release continues to impress me with it's energy, variety, and quality. Every song offers a different treat musically. Volcanic Jig is a great song. It builds as it ebbs and flows and finishes strong--this song has some pop! Natalie's step dancing can be heard vividly on David's Jig which is another catchy high energy tune. Mother Nature and Danny Boy are two songs with vocals.

My favorites include Volcanic Jig, Flea as a Bird, David's Jig and the Traditional Medley which is also features (I think) some more nifty stepping beat by Natalie. Traditional Medley is probably one of my favorite Natalie Macmaster songs--I never tire of hearing it.

What makes Natalie's brand of music so listenable is she gets everything possible out of her fiddle (to our benefit) and blends the talents her band of excellent supporting musicians into each and every production. It all makes for a unique style of kind of Celtic, kind of folk, even kind of popular music that keeps me listening for hours and hours on end. If your looking for something different yet very, very good--and I mean GOOD--get this CD!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Shuey on November 27, 2006
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[from her online bio]She has shared the stage with Santana, The Chieftains, Paul Simon, Pavarotti, Faith Hill, Don Henley, Michael McDonald and dozens of distinguished symphony orchestras, and has appeared on national television programs such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, ABC's New Year's Eve special "ABC 2002" and Good Morning America.

There are reasons why she's appeared in such varied and renowned company. As an individual artist, she can keep up with them and excite them. As a Celtic music purist, she knows that there's one story in all the cultural history of humankind, and that each good tune is a chapter in that story, and other real artists hunger, as she does, to be part of the telling of that story.

Yours Truly is poignant and playful, dramatic and deep, free and focused, as needed and when appropriate. It's blue-eyed soul. It's what you'll want to listen to when you don't know what to listen to.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RHathaway on November 4, 2006
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As I was saying, what IDIOTIC record producer decided that Michael "I sing like my mouth is full of cotton" McDonald needed to guest on this otherwise PERFECT CD? I have watched Natalie in concert for many years now, and anyone who has been blessed to see her band since Brad Davidge joined on guitar has been absolutely ENTRANCED by his version of "Danny Boy", which is the basis for the version that appears on this CD. As electrifying as Natalie and the band are, this concert number renders even the largest crowd deathly silent, as if they were all holding our collective breaths until Brad finished this masterpiece of arrangement. When I saw that "Danny Boy" was included on the new CD, I couldn't get to my CD player fast enough, jumping directly to the track. And as of this writing, I cannot recall when I have been THIS pissed off at a production decision. And I can imagine that thousands of Natalie fans are going to feel the same way. Maybe the powers that be will find it prudent to RE-RECORD the number with Brad's vocal for future pressings, because I can GUARANTEE that NO ONE out there is buying to CD for MM's pathetic appearance. God, how I HATE the music business sometimes!
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Yours Truly is Natalie at her best
I'm jealous you heard the new one before the release date, but I completely agree. An incredible offering from a truly (and lovely) gifted individual.
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