Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Beautiful not pretty: Hazel Dickens remembered

I have my mom to thank for introducing me to the music of Hazel Dickens. When I was a kid, we owned two albums by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, recorded in the 1970’s for Rounder Records. Hazel and Alice ...
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The Moonshine Ramblers light it up

Halifax’s Moonshine Ramblers may be the new kids on the block, but their ties to the roots of the music they play are far closer than most. Even better, judging from their performance on last week’s Free Tuesday lineup at ...
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Dear Mother Maple: it’s going to be a bumpy night.

Dear Mother Maple: I was doing a show a few weeks ago with an opening act that I’d never worked with before. I was shocked when instead of his 30-minute agreed-on set, he went for almost an hour! What should ...
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Rita Chiarelli at home in The Big House

Canadian audiences know Hamilton’s Rita Chiarelli as a powerful performer of the blues, with a raw, passionate voice and an unusual honesty in her approach. But that didn’t mean much to the inmates of Louisiana State Penitentiary. The infamous prison ...
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Jenny Allen’s “Blanket” – a connection is made

From the first notes of Jenny Allen’s Blanket, a connection is made. From her frail, innocent-sounding voice to the authority displayed by her session players, it’s a perfect marriage. Each relies on the other, stronger by their union. Her third release, ...
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Sylvia Tyson, novelist

Sylvia Tyson at seventy is an artist whose life’s work goes well beyond playing music. Fifty years after her debut as one-half of Ian & Sylvia, she’s still busy performing with the group Quartette and as a solo artist. But ...
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Alex Pangman’s 33 is breathtaking

Alex Pangman is a jazz singer — a National Jazz Award and Genie Award winning jazz singer, in fact. So why are we reviewing her new release 33 in a roots music publication? Well, there are three reasons (there could ...
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Dear Mother Maple: brrrfl whmf da shndt?

Dear Mother Maple: Who are these people who run the sound at our clubs and do they ever listen to the artists they are running the PA for? I am tired of trying to pick out musical details and lyrics ...
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Who will support the arts?

We’ve said before that Roots Music Canada is an apolitical organization, and we’re sticking to it. We’d be blind not to notice, though, how many how many of our friends and fans bitterly lamented the outcome of the federal election ...
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Saturday at Sweet Beaver Suite

Part 3 of a 3-post series. See previous posts, Thursday evening, Sweet Beaver Suite and Friday evening, Sweet Beaver Suite. Sweet Beaver Suite was the place to be to catch Canadians at the annual Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis ...