Natalie MacMaster featured on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning CD
SYDNEY — Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster got a taste of Grammy fame Sunday when an album she performed on came out on top in the best classical crossover album category.
Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace — featuring a track with MacMaster, as well as performances by Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Edgar Meyer, James Taylor, Odair Assad, Sergio Assad, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Matt Brubeck, John Clayton, Paquito d'Rivera, Renée Fleming, D, Cristina Pato, Joshua Redman, Jake Shimabukuro, Silk Road Ensemble, Chris Thile, Wu Tong, Alon Yavnai, and Amelia Zirin-Brown — won the distinctive gramophone-shaped statuette, during the 52nd Grammy Awards, Sunday.
Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace beat out five other albums — A Company Of Voices: Conspirare In Concert, Jazz-Clazz, The Melody Of Rhythm, QSF Plays Brubeck, and Twelve Songs By Charles Ives — to claim the best classical crossover album title.
Another Cape Bretoner, who is no stranger to the Grammys, was also among a group of people nominated for a Grammy this past weekend. Big Pond native Gordie Sampson, along with Richard Alderson, Chris Allen, Roman Klun, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Mounsey, Jay Newland, Gene Paul, and Jamie Polaski were nominated as engineers in the best engineered album, non-classical, cate- gory for Leslie Mendelson’s album Swan Feathers. The category was won by Imogen Heap for her own album, Ellipse.
Sampson won a Grammy Award in 2007 for best country song of the year for Jesus Take the Wheel. SYDNEY — The tale of an almost tragic journey across the Atlantic Ocean is the subject of a deeply personal story by first-time writer Leif Morrison.
Exit From The Twilight Zone is a true account of his search for adventure and excitement that placed him on a boat bound for the African country of Nigeria.
Instead, what he found would almost destroy his life.
“It is one of those stories that you can ask 10 different people what the story was about and you’ll get 10 different answers,” said the Port Caledonia man, who describes himself as a fisherman and not a writer.
“Some people will say it was a story about a guy who took a boat across the Atlantic Ocean and it was his quest to get back to his family. Someone else will read it and say it is how this guy duped the Nigerians and was able to make his escape.”
To him, though, the story is
Natalie MacMaster performed on a track of the
album, which won best classical crossover album category at the Grammy Awards, Sunday night.
Leif Morrison writes about his harrowing trip to Nigeria in