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"MacDonald's second release is nothing short of delicious."--Exclaim!
"This album simply oozes class...a might fine record."--Americana UK
"'The Forest for the Trees' is beautiful. To use any other description cheapens the thought."--Herohill.com
"Well worth a listen...daily."--Penguin Eggs
Norma MacDonald is a singer-songwriter and avid biology nerd. She was raised on AM country stations and Willie Nelson cassettes in her hometown of New Waterford, Cape Breton, but has made her home in Halifax, NS for the last number of years. On her sophomore recording, the forest for the trees, Norma manages to seamlessly meld her innate old-school country sensibilities with contemporary influences (Wilco, Patty Griffin, Bruce Springsteen) without losing a drop of authenticity. By the time the band kicks in on the opening track 'a little longer', one gets a sense they are listening to an artist who has finally come into her own. Juxtopositioning lyrical sophistication with playfulness, MacDonald balances a visceral sense of nostalgia and longing with hopefulness for what lies ahead.
'The forest for the trees' has been recognized with nominations for 2009 Female Solo Recording of the Year by both Music Nova Scotia and the ECMA. Several tracks from the album have become staples on the CBC Radio 2 playlist (the track 'long shot' was included on the iTunes compilation "CBC Radio 2 Discoveries"). Her song 'we're ghosts' was recenly featured on CBC's hit crime drama "The Border".
The past year has seen her share the stage with folk legends like Eliza Gilkyson and rising indie stars such as Dan Mangan. She will be touring Canada this spring and summer with plans to head to the UK next winter. Pre-production has already begun on her follow- up, slated for release in early 2011.