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December 20, 2005

Natalie wanted to share a few photos with you of little Mary Frances Rose.
Mom and baby are doing great... Happy holidays to you all!


December 5, 2005
Natalie & Donnell have named their little girl... Mary Frances Rose Leahy!

August 10, 2005

CAPE BRETON, NS – Well-known Canadian performing artists Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are pleased to announce the launch of CAPE BRETON LIVE, a new internet radio show, which will broadcast a series of live musical events from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia each week.

In a trial five week period, the radio program will showcase artists both new and familiar, exposing the traditional music of Cape Breton to audiences around the globe. Recorded at popular music venues around Nova Scotia – from halls, to pubs, to kitchens – the shows will capture the sights and sounds of the traditional Cape Breton ceilidh (pronounced “kay-lee”, Gaelic for party or gathering).

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 legacy derived from the Scottish and Irish immigrants who brought their music to the island where it evolved naturally. The recent surge of interest in the music of Cape Breton from around the world

has been the catalyst for the creation of Cape Breton Live.

"We are aware of the strong attraction of Cape Breton music and culture to people, as we are constantly being told by the fans who frequent our shows,” says Natalie MacMaster. "It excites people and stays with them long after they leave. So, we thought, if you can’t get here in person, join us on the Web."

MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the lead fiddle player of Canadian Celtic supergroup Leahy, were married in 2002 and are together launching the Cape Breton Live project as a platform for the musical community they belong to, and from which they draw inspiration.

"It is an effort to share the music and culture of Cape Breton with the rest of the world," says Leahy, "and our hope is that the beauty that lives here will be felt through this program."

This project is made possible with the assistance of Aliant and the Government of Nova Scotia.

The first taping of Cape Breton Live will take place at the Judique Hall on Sunday, August 28th during Natalie & Buddy MacMaster's CD Release Party. The first audio broadcast on capebretonlive.com will be on Sunday, September 4, 2005.

Aliant will also stream these Cape Breton Live performances through www.aliant.net, giving music fans one more way to connect to Cape Breton’s down-home music. Video from these performances will be available exclusively to Aliant high-speed customers.

"Cape Breton is more than great scenery and hospitable people. It’s an energetic spirit that is shared so well through our talented musicians,” said Mike Gillespie, Aliant Regional Manager for Cape Breton. "As a Cape Breton native, I’m very pleased that Aliant can play a role in this innovative venture to share our music and our spirit with people around the world."

To be present at a recording session for Cape Breton Live, please check out www.capebretonlive.com for a list of dates, venues and performers.

Listen weekly to the Cape Breton Live sessions by going to www.capebretonlive.com.

July 25,2005
PRESS RELEASE - Dexter's Subaru & Natalie MacMaster

Dexter’s Automotive Group today announced plans for a 2005/2006 advertising campaign for Dexter’s Subaru. The campaign will feature international recording artist and Nova Scotia legend, Natalie MacMaster.

“Natalie is perfect for this campaign and this campaign is perfect for Natalie”, says Keith Dexter. “After a great discussion with Natalie, it was so obvious, her exceptional performance and loyalty to her fans is very consistent with Dexter’s Subaru’s approach to business. We are very excited to be working with her”.

“Dexter’s Subaru’s unique approach to connecting with their customers makes them different”, says Natalie MacMaster. “They have always promoted their business with an independent and unique voice. Their hands-on, small town persona really appeals to me, it’s all about being loyal to your fans… and loyal to your customers. It’s going to be a fun campaign. It’s an approach I’m very excited to be associated with”.

Initial advertising will focus on Subaru’s newest offering, the seven-passenger SUV crossover Tribeca. “I absolutely love the product”, says MacMaster. “My husband and I are getting ready to start a family and the Tribeca matches our needs to a tee. It has all the room we need, plus the safety and performance of Subaru. I feel really good putting my name to product and people I truly believe in”.

Dexter’s Automotive Group operates three dealerships in Metro: Dexter’s Audi and Dexter’s Subaru, both in Halifax; and Dexter’s Subaru in Dartmouth. Audi and Subaru offer quality products featuring All-Wheel Drive in every automobile . Seventy dedicated employees have established a reputation in the region for outstanding customer service.

February 22, 2005
Natalie wins 2 East Coast Music Awards!

Natalie has won two East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), handed out on Sunday February 20th at Centre 200 in Sydney, NS. She was awarded the Female Artist of the Year and Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year for her latest album 'Blueprint'. Unfortunately Natalie was not able to attend the awards show as she was previously booked to perform in New Mexico. 

"Even though I can't be there tonight, I want everyone to know that it's always very inspiring to be part of East Coast music".