Natalie MacMaster fea­tured on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning CD

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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

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Natalie MacMaster per­formed on a track of the

al­bum, which won best clas­si­cal cross­over al­bum cat­e­gory at the Grammy Awards, Sun­day night.

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Leif Mor­ri­son writes about his har­row­ing trip to Nige­ria in

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