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Help Allison Brown discover new Canadian winter/holiday songs for her holiday special


Hi everyone,

Allison Brown here! The holiday season is coming up, and I’m working on putting together my annual Fireside Radio Hour again this year, broadcast from my snow-covered cabin in a secret location in northern Ontario beside my crackling fire.

I’m on the lookout for new or past Christmas, holiday and winter recordings from Canadian artists to feature on the airwaves in Windsor, London, some other southern Ontario stations and online.

This year’s theme is “Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present And Future,” but I’m looking for any holiday songs, as I always stretch my themes a bit to fit whatever songs I feel are standouts. I’m particularly looking for new singles out this year.

Roots Music Canada readers helped me get a good selection of music to pick from last year. I hope you’ll help again!

Please email me your suggestions at: allisoncbrown@yahoo.com

While I’m here, I also have some new music out myself. I recorded five covers this summer, and they’re free to download on my website:
Just Another Memory

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... ALLISON BROWN likes her religion a little bit gritty, takes her country music with a side of syrup and keeps her folk as dusty as the ol’ cabin floor. With a hatful of broken hearts, bad weather, toils of the road and leaps of faith, Allison’s crafted originals matched with classic roots repertoire reflect the striking conviction she brings to her sweet and powerful singing. As a soloist, Allison’s lonesome warbles soar over subtle guitar framework, but can turn quickly to a feverish cyclone when joined by her spirited troupe of accompanists. Allison brings her truest self to her collection of songs and to the stage in a refreshing conversation with the audience. …Currently, Allison is recording the anticipated follow-up to her 2005 debut release “Everything That Shined”. Looking ahead to a release in spring of 2010, her new full-length recording will feature twelve songs picked up along Allison’s dusty road of folk. Immediately after her Home County Folk Festival return performance, Allison began her adventure to craft these recordings at the Protection Island, BC, studio of master of musical tradition, David Essig. An eleven-date tour across Canada’s west followed the sessions; and with her guitar, her ukulele and her suitcase in hand, Allison took the old Grey dog along the Trans-Canada all the way back to London. Her first time through the mountains and the prairies, Allison hopes to return to the west to re-connect with the warm audiences she embraced on her first western tour. Two new original songs, “Somethin’ Holy” and “All The Birds” will be pre-released on Myspace and CBC Radio 3; a third song, her interpretation of Townes Van Zandt’s “Poncho & Lefty” will be available as an exclusive demo for radio stations and festival applications. “a gorgeous voice that seemed way too big for one person” ~ Barbara Bruederlin, BadTempteredZombie.Blogspot.com … Allison lives and breathes for folk festivals and adds a participative spark to the workshop stage with her knack for harmony singing. A performer, volunteer, special guest and jam instigator, Allison is a familiar face throughout the summer at festivals in Ontario, but hopes to bring her cohesive spirit to festivals in western Canada this summer. This spring, in addition to regular performances in London and Toronto, Allison will be touring through Ontario’s north, east and southwest following the new recording’s official release. A seasoned soloist, Allison was featured as part of the wildly successful "Girls With Glasses Tour", with songwriters Evalyn Parry, Eve Goldberg, and Karyn Ellis. Allison’s skills as a bandleader were showcased as the featured vocalist in London bluegrass quartet "The Goin' Concern" at festivals, backyard parties and the ruckus raised on Bluegrass Sunday night every week at the Alex P Keaton. Dedicated to sharing folk music with the community, she is also the host of "For The Folk", every Wednesday night from 8:30 to 10pm, on London's CHRW Radio 94.9fm. She also works at GROOVES Records where she surrounds herself with all the divine vinyl and indie new releases her ears can hear.


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