Monthly Archives: August 2011

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Getting to know Sarah MacDougall

Dear Listener, I think you and Sarah MacDougall should have a talk. Soon! Sarah MacDougall has a lot on her mind, and confidentially, you should listen. Something is erupting. There is a hush to her voice that reassures you that ...
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Dear Mother Maple: Carpe diem and carpe the mic

Dear Mother Maple: I love song circles. But I get serious nerves when it comes around to me to lead. Can’t I just be the side-guy and pass my turn? Bill Wyman Wannabe Dear Bill: There’s nothing wrong with being ...
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New Country Rehab: the name says it all

They’ve only been around since 2008, but New Country Rehab has buzz worthy of a veteran band. And this outfit deserves notice! It’s no surprise, as the musicians that contribute to this unique ensemble are all known quantities. Fiddler, lyricist ...
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Leon Russell rolls on

My first exposure to Leon Russell was hearing his 1970 self-titled debut, when he was but 28. Everything was just right – from the quality of his songwriting (beginning, as it did, with “A Song For You”) to his slurred ...
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Steve Bell rings true

Steve Bell is an anomaly. At a time when some festivals are downplaying the faith component of folk music, (amid suggestions that gospel workshops should become ecumenical), Bell is comfortably Christian. He’s a man of faith who lives what he ...
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Dear Mother Maple: Up close and personal

Dear Mother Maple: I was at a music festival recently when a light rain began to fall. There was a young couple next to me, and we’d been chatting back and forth most of the day. When the rain started, ...
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Meaghan Blanchard has all the luck

Maybe it was a lucky star. Or maybe it’s just talent meeting opportunity. Either way, PEI singer-songwriter Meaghan Blanchard has experienced more notoriety and exposure than many of her early twenty-something musical peers will experience in a career. It began ...
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Ask Mother Maple: Don’t touch my stuff!

Dear Mother Maple: I was playing a wedding reception (favour for a friend) with a band of friends the other weekend. As we took a break, the MC for the wedding got up and plugged a laptop into the PA ...
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Rodney Brown has The Gift

A son of Thunder Bay, Rodney Brown has built a career singing roots, rock, reggae, and kids songs, exploring sounds and recording albums that reflect each phase in turn. But when he began to explore the history of his hometown, ...