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REVIEW: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy “Canvas”


Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy — Canvas

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have a new album out, Canvas, which they co-produced with Elmer Ferrer.  Rich with powerful strings and potent spaces, this album is a unique project deserving of its place in your collection.

Chances are that the very first thought that pops into your head when playing the first song on the album will be, simply, “Wow!”  It’s inevitable. The title track plucks like raindrops, literally, then fills it up like the paint on the canvas it’s named for.  Innovative and eclectic.  It clocks in at just over a minute long, but packs a power punch of an opening song.

“Colour Theory” features Brian Finnegan and the whirling dervish of fiddles following each other through melodious journeys continues.

“Dance Arnold Dance” hits you up with intense fiddling and the unmistakable sounds of dancing feet.

Rhiannon Giddens appears next on the song “Woman of the House.”  Rockin’ beats, power fiddles, and banjo echoing the fiddle, and Rhiannon’s strong lucid vocal wails, sung in Scots Gaelic. Fiery and alive.

On “Choo Choo” Natalie and Donnell’s 17-year old daughter Mary Frances makes an appearance in a wild instrumental extravaganza.

Check this one out for the nonstop talent.

Musicians on the album are Natalie MacMaster, Elmer Ferrer, Donnell Leahy
Brian Finnegan (Hanneke Cassel),  Mary Frances Leahy, Rhiannon Giddens, Rachel Aucoin,
Yo-yo Ma, Josemi Camona,  J. Scott Skinner, Robyn Cunningham, Mike Manny, and Kyle Burghout.

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