"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".
MacDonalds debut album 'nothing is here it was' (2005) garnered glowing reviews from as far away as the UK and earned her a NSMW nomination for Female Recording of the Year in 2006. She has performed on the Canadian Music- East Coast Style stage at the North American Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN as well as the prestigious Stan Rogers Folk Festival (2007). Having just completed a tour of Eastern Canada, she has plans to hit the West Coast this summer. Pre-production has recently begun for her follow-up project.