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Lindsay Mac On Mountain Stage

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Lindsay Mac On Mountain Stage

Lindsay Mac On Mountain Stage

Lindsay Mac On Mountain Stage

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Lindsay Mac performs on Mountain Stage at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Stephan Hoglund/Mountain Stage hide caption

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Lindsay Mac performs on Mountain Stage at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn.

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Set List

  • "Cry, Cry, Cry"
  • "5 W's"
  • "Best Of Me"
  • "7 Stones"

A classical musician turned pop songwriter, Lindsay Mac makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. Raised in Iowa, Mac earned a degree from Dartmouth before pursuing music full-time at the Berklee College of Music.

Around this time, she developed her own technique for integrating the cello into her music — playing pizzicato while standing, as if holding a large guitar. That style is featured most prominently during her final number here, the touching musical parable "Seven Little Stones," but Mac doesn't rely on cello for every song. In fact, she told Mountain Stage host Larry Groce that her forthcoming album features no cello at all.

She moves to a tenor guitar in "Best of Me," which answers the age-old question, "What if Raggedy Ann and Rainbow Brite worked together as exotic dancers?" It also features the melodic electric-guitar work of Meghan Toohey, who has previously appeared on Mountain Stage as a touring member of The Weepies.

This show originally aired November 2, 2011.