Meg Tennant, My Father’s Son, and Alicia Toner
Gordy the Moose presents some of his favourite new music from the submissions that have arrived in the Roots Music Canada virtual mailbox.
Meg Tennant – Echoed Light
Apart from getting some love from our friends over at Penguin Eggs, Meg Tennant has largely flown under the radar over the course of her 20-odd year career – so this sweet-voiced artistically mature singer-songwriter might come as a revelation to many. There’s something about her pure-as-the-mountain-air vocals, her country-tinged folk sound, and her homespun acoustic arrangements that reminds me of Emmylou Harris – particularly the way that Meg’s voice manages to sound both girlish and world-weary at the same time. And there are some beautiful songs here. “Glass Heart” is as lovely as a breakup song can be. “Shine a Light On Us” is a spiritual number, complete with a vocal chorus, which seems to have been inspired by the passing of a loved one. And “Live on Love” is an uptempo little ditty about lasting love that manages to be cheerful without being corny. If you like what you hear, catch Meg’s album launch May 17 at the Burdock in Toronto or watch for her at a coffee house near you.
Meg Tennant – “Glass Heart”
My Father’s Son – “Ribbon in the Wind”
My Father’s Son is the stage name of Montreal singer-songwriter Mark Kulmala, who made his debut in 2016 with an album called Heart of Wood. He describes his songs as “emotionally complex but subdued [and] reflective,” and this new single from his forthcoming album, due in the fall, is certainly a fine example of that.
The understated acoustic guitar and slightly reverby vocal give the song a sombre vibe that suits its nostalgic theme. I look forward to hearing more from Mark.
April 28 – Springtide Music Festival, Uxbridge ON
May 30 – Living Roots Festival, Fredericton NB
Alicia Toner – “Dangerous Home”
June 1 – Grimross Brewing Co., Fredericton, NB
June 2 – Shepody House, Sackville, NB
June 3 – The Carleton, Halifax, NB
June 4 – The Trailside Cafe, Mount Stewart, PEI
June 7 – Iona Heights Inn, Iona, NS
June 8 – Groundswell, D’Escousse, NS
June 12 – Festival of Small Halls, Charlottetown, PEI
July 3 – Railcar Brewing, Perth, NB
July 4 – Rocket Science Room, Montreal, QC
July 5 – Spitfire Cafe, Brockville, ON
July 6 – Vibration Studios, Ottawa, ON
July 11 – Burdock, Toronto, ON
July 12 – Cork & Bean, Oshawa, ON
July 14 – The Black Horse Pub, Peterborough, ON
July 19 – Railway City Brewing Co., St. Thomas, ON
July 26 – Rhythm & Brews Brewing Co., Cambridge, ON
July 27 – The Funky Olive, Kitchener, ON