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Songwriters’ Speakeasy Profiles Pt.3

Roots Music Canada is proud to present Songwriters’ Speakeasy in The Moose Lounge (Room 524, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ottawa, Oct 15 and 16) at the OCFF conference. It is hosted by RMC’s Andy Frank and David Newland, and they are responsible for selecting this year’s remarkable lineup of songwriters. The purpose of these profiles is to spotlight the invited performers, musicians who rank among the very best on the Canadian scene today. (Please note you must have a conference pass to attend).

performing on Saturday, October 16 at 11:00pm
David Ross MacDonald

Fresh off an Alberta house concert tour with Home Routes, Australia’s David Ross MacDonald makes a stop at the Moose Lounge as he makes his way across Canada. A masterful fingerstyle guitarist, David has a soft, precise touch on the fret board, with keen attention to detail and a beautiful sensitivity to his playing. Just when his tender tones and rich harmonies have you in a trance, David’s warm voice comes in without warning and the two instruments play off each other with independent intertwining melodies. David tours internationally as a solo act and as a member of Australian band The Waifs. Having played with and opened for such luminaries, including John Renbourne, Tony McMannus, Kelly Joe Phelps and Chris Smither, he is armed with his 1935 Gibson guitar and a carpet bag of songs that he illuminates in his own inimitably reserved yet intense, poetic style. Video: “Old Mac’s Tractor”

performing on Saturday, October 16 at 11:25pm

Kate LeDeuce

Kate LeDeuce plays country music – she says so herself. And she ain’t lyin’. It’s the music of the drunk who’s face-first in the dust outside the bar after last call, the lonely rider passing through the down-and-out town, the cheeky tease in the corner of the tavern standing beside the honky-tonk piano. Kate is back in Canada after soaking up Salt Lake City, where she fronted the crowd-pleasing Kate LeDeuce & the Soul Terminators. She is currently shaking the rafters of venues across the country and recently blew away the crowd at the Peterborough Folk Festival with her performance. She has a voice that goes from a smoky whisper to a full-out yodel in the span of a song, and is guaranteed to make you stop and listen. Video: “Land of the Dead”

performing on Saturday, October 16 at 11:50pm
David Leask

David Leask connects with his audience, drawing them into his heartfelt songs with honest words and a soaring voice, tinged with a sweet Scottish accent. He was honoured with the Mississauga Established Performing Artist of the Year Award, received a Juno nomination for his album Ancestor’s Eyes, and his songwriting skills have been recognized with a 1st place win in the International Songwriting Competition, 1st and 2nd place wins in the Unisong International Songwriting Competition, and 2nd place wins in both the John Lennon Competition and the U.S.A. Song Contest. David’s music draws from folk roots, topped up with a pop sensibility that brings to mind the talents of Gordie Sampson and Bruce Guthro.

Video: “Ready to Buy”

DAVID LEASK – Ready to Buy from David Leask on Vimeo.

performing on Saturday, October 16 at 12:15am (technically early Sunday morning)

Eve Goldberg

Socially conscious and community-aware, Eve Goldberg truly brings people together. Many of her songs invite audience participation – they are made for singing, for joining in, for sharing, for repeating. Her song The Streets of Burma was used by Amnesty International Canada as part of its campaign to free U Gambira, one of the monks arrested in Burma following peaceful protests in 2007. In addition to her kind personality and inviting presence, Eve has the chops to hold her own as a notable instrumental guitarist. Her tune Watermelon Sorbet is easily recognizable as the long-running theme to the CBC radio show Richardson’s Roundup and appears on the Borealis Records compilation Six Strings North of the Border. Eve has played festivals, showcases, and concert series across North America and has three critically acclaimed albums to her name. Video: “Her Little Boat”

performing on Saturday, October 16 at 12:40am (technically early Sunday morning)
Crabtree&Mills

Joanne Crabtree and Paul Mills are no strangers to the Canadian folk music scene, each eminent songwriters and performers in their own rights. When they bring their voices and guitars together, the hearty blend of roots and blues music that results is Crabtree&Mills. The duo challenge and feed off of each other, and their obvious delight in performing together permeates the music they make. Their debut album, Flight of Fancy, was among the top ten most played Canadian CDs on trackable international folk radio during most of 2007. Their latest offering, Freedom, was ranked as the Top Canadian Album on the list of international folk disk jockeys reporting January 2009 airplay, while Crabtree&Mills was named as Top Canadian Artists. Delicate harmonies and artful guitar fingerpicking are the hallmarks of this classic collaboration.
Video: “Waterfalls”

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