A 'MacMaster' Of Music

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Natalie MacMaster has gained attention in the music world with her fiddle playing and her up-tempo Celtic jigs. She has a reputation for putting on lively shows, inspiring her audience to dance in the aisles.

MacMaster brings some of that toe-tapping enthusiasm to The Saturday Early Show's Second Cup Café as she performs some singles from her album, "Natalie MacMaster Live."

The Grammy-nominated fiddle player is a native of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and she seems to have music in her blood. Her uncle is acclaimed fiddle player Buddy MacMaster, so to say she got a head start in learning the fiddle is an understatement. She first picked up a fiddle at the age of 9 and, she says, found her destiny.

However, MacMaster brings her own unique style to the music tradition. She plays traditional Cape Breton and Scottish tunes with some modern twists. She has performed with Celtic music legends the Chieftains, as well as Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, Alison Krauss, Mark O'Connor and dozens of world-class symphony orchestras.

When MacMaster isn't touring, recording or winning acclaim, such as being named Fiddle Player of the Year the past five consecutive years by the Canadian Country Music Awards, she takes her annual trek to Nashville as an instructor at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp - keeping the tradition of the fiddle alive. Sometimes you can even see the Canadian perform at local square dances in Cape Breton in her spare time.

MacMaster's past albums, such as "Fit as a Fiddle," "No Boundaries," "Four on the Floor," "Road to the Isle," "Get Me Through December," and the Grammy-nominated "My Roots Are Showing," have entertained thousands worldwide.