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By Crista Munro
Special to The PREVIEW
The 18th annual Four Corners Folk Festival lineup is now complete with the addition of Natalie MacMaster, who will headline on Sunday night, her third appearance at the festival.
The event takes place over Labor Day Weekend on Reservoir Hill, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Over the past three decades, Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster has established herself as an electrifying performer all over the world, thrilling Carnegie Hall audiences and Massey Hall crowds; captivating radio audiences with multiple appearances on the CBC, Canada A.M. and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and warming TV viewers with guest spots on Canadian Christmas specials and Holiday Festival On Ice with Olympic ice skaters Jamie Sale, David Pelletier, Kurt Browning and world champion Jeffrey Buttle.
MacMaster’s dedicated work ethic has helped her accomplish so much; professionally, she has amassed multiple gold albums, two Grammy nominations and one win (for her contribution to Yo-Yo Ma’s “Songs Of Joy & Peace”); a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album for “In My Hands;” eight Canadian Country Music Awards, 10 East Coast Music Awards, an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas University and honorary degrees from Niagara University, N.Y., Trent University and — most recently — the Arts and Letters Award from the Canadian Association of New York.
She recently released “Cape Breton Girl,” a traditional instrumental collection of tunes.
Joining Natalie in the lineup are John Hiatt and the Combo, the Wood Brothers, Darrell Scott, Jimmy LaFave, John Fullbright, Elephant Revival, Slaid Cleaves, the Aoife O’Donovan Band, Sarah Siskind and Travis Book, The Lone Bellow, The Giving Tree Band, Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams, Rose’s Pawn Shop, New Country Rehab and Baskery. The flavor is definitely international this year, with two bands from Canada (Natalie and New Country Rehab) and one from Sweden (Baskery).
Early Bird tickets for Four Corners are still available through April 30 at www.folkwest.com or by calling (877) 472-4672. You can also find additional information like performance schedules, links to the performers’ websites, ticket prices and more on the festival’s website.