Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Kim Stockwood: back to the water

Perhaps no place, any place, is as proud of its musical traditions as the island of Newfoundland. The musical currents run deep there, as generations of great songwriters and musicians have proven. Kim Stockwood has earned her place among Newfoundland’s ...
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The future of music, with luck

Speaking of roots, mine originate in this small, picturesque town on the St. Lawrence River, immediately south of Ottawa, just before you get wet. The opportunity to visit my Mom on the occasion of her birthday and take advantage of ...
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Andrea Ramolo, triple threat

Andrea Ramolo is a great example of the kind of artist that gives Canadian roots musicians a good name. She is articulate, highly educated, versatile, bold, funny, talented, shrewd, determined and in stereotypical Canadian fashion, well-mannered, even sweetly humble. She’s ...
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Junos: not without our folk & roots

The fortieth anniversary of the Juno Awards culminated with the customary awards show last evening, televised by CTV. We sat it out. Don’t get us wrong: we’re not boycotting. We were really “rooting” for artists who work in folk, roots, ...
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Highlights March 21-27

Here’s what Roots Music Canada was up to last week: Jadea Kelly may be young, but her sweet voice and country-tinged folk songs have an old-timey feeling. Jadea dropped by the Woodshed for a chat with Editor-in-Chief David Newland and ...
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Manitoba Hal: ukulele, venison and zombies

Manitoba Hal puts the I in independent. He’s released eleven recordings over fourteen years, many of them homespun at his own studio. He’s carved a well worn groove in the Canadian touring landscape, hauling his gear from house concerts to ...
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Rodney Crowell in gritty detail

The chance to see Nashville wunderkind Rodney Crowell in a setting as intimate as Hugh’s Room was, for me, a dream come true. Grammy-winning songwriting legend cult favourite Rodney Crowell. Accessible, in an intimate setting, no less. And as soon ...
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Canadian contributions to War and Politics

Call me a cynic, but I was skeptical about War and Politics, Volume 1. The CD struck me as a tripod with three shaky legs: a compilation record, with twenty tracks, and every one of them a protest song. I ...
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Jadea Kelly has a taste for twang

Jadea Kelly may not be the typical young woman from Whitby, Ontario. With all due respect to that bedroom community northeast of Toronto, it’s not known as a hotbed for country-tinged female folk singers. Yet here’s Jadea Kelly, making major ...
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Rodney Brown’s William McGillivray project

Veteran Thunder Bay songwriter Rodney Brown has a passion for the fur trade era of Canadian history. His brilliant album The Big Lonely explored the stories of the North West Company under the leadership of William McGillivray. Like many songwriters, ...