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concerts at the Arts and Culture
Year as well as chosen for a
Centre in addition to her numerous
Bluegrass Stage Performance by
appearances at nightclubs, private
the East Coast Music Association. Her
parties and benefit concerts.

next CD, I See God Everywhere, a

November 2004 release that is a
A bass guitar, rhythm guitar and
compilation of heart-warming gospel
mandolin player, Catherine has been
songs also received a 2006 ECMA
a studio musician throughout her
nomination for Bluegrass Recording
ECMA nominated (2003, 2006, 2007, &
career. As a session bass player
of the Year.
2010) Catherine Lawrence is no stranger
alone, she has 14 recordings to her
to the music industry, especially
credit under the Audit Records label
throughout Atlantic Canada. The release
including the original recording for the
Dec. 2006 is a compilation of story
of Close the Door Lightly solidifies her
multiple award winning artist, the late
telling songs. As Catherine says in her
commitment to sharing Bluegrass music
Minnie White.
liner notes, 'It is my hope that, as you
with an ever-growing audience while
listen to the lyrics with their twists
showcasing Catherine’s strong vocals. A
A member of the Country Ducats
and turns, you too will be drawn in by
compilation of some of the finest
when they opened for Juno award
these great stories.' This project
Atlantic Canadian musicians complement
winner Murray MacLauchlan,
again earned an ECMA nomination
her interpretation of a range of
Catherine had also played back-up for
(2007) for Bluegrass Recording of
Bluegrass songs, including many beloved
such renown artists as Dallas Arms,
the Year.
standards, to make for a truly memorable
Orval Prophet, and Gary Buck. During
listening experience.
the 2007 ECMA’s, the Ducats were
  Her latest release, 'Sweet Memories'  
honoured with The Stompin’ Tom
(Nov. 2008) reflects Catherine's
A native of Newfoundland and Labrador,
Award for long-term contribution to
belief that the true gift of a song is
Catherine’s roots are in Country music
the East Coast Music industry.
the way its lyrics can instantly
where she sang lead vocals and played
transport you back to a special place
electric bass for the popular Country
Since moving to Nova Scotia in 1994,
and moment in time and conjure up a
Ducats. For four years she vocalized
she has devoted her energies and
full range of memories. This project
with band member and Juno award
musical talents to Bluegrass. She
again earned an ECMA nomination
winner Eddie Eastman during which time
performs throughout Atlantic Canada.
  (2010) for Bluegrass Recording of the  
the band was named Favorite
Catherine and her band Gator Creek
Newfoundland Act as well as Country Act
whose members consists of Fred
of the Year. The Newfoundland Herald
Lawrence, Ron Jenkins and Bob
Marilyn Simpson wrote in the February
said of the group, “Perhaps one of the
Conley, perform their music around
6th, 2008 issue of THE LAKER “When
finest country groups in Canada is the
the Zephyrhills area in Florida.
  Catherine and Gator Creek played in  
Country Ducats.”
      Sweetwater in January, there was  
Catherine produced and co-
  standing room only. Catherine not  
Over the years Catherine has built a
engineered Close the Door Lightly, I
  only has a beautiful voice, she brings  
reputation as a serious musician and a
See God Everywhere and Stories
  a beautiful spirit into her music."  
distinctive vocalist. “She is a beautiful
From My Heart with her husband,
addition to your top notch act,” said
dobro and steel guitar player, Fred.
During the summer and fall months,
John Murphy of the Colonial Broadcasting
Together they own Magnum-Opus
Catherine and Fred perform a variety
System Limited. Catherine has appeared
of bluegrass, gospel and country
on a number of CBC television specials
music throughout the maritimes.
and variety shows including one hosted
Catherine has performed her brand of
by the Country Ducats during which her
Bluegrass at various benefits,
vocal talents were highlighted. Having
concerts, and coffee houses since
guested on CBC radio programs,
1994. In 2003, she was excited to be
Catherine has also performed in several
nominated for Bluegrass Artist of the
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