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Springtide Music Festival offers a chance to catch up with Moonfruits


While I’m looking forward to stage-hopping at The Springtide Music Festival 2024 (kudos to director Tania Joy and team for organizing another great lineup) and seeing bass groove-master Jerome Tucker and his band; indie alt-country darlings The Wanted; effortlessly cool electric guitarist Conor Gains; Ottawa-based, classically-trained singer-songwriter and road warrior Rory Taillon and more, I’m especially excited to see Moonfruits again.

Moonfruits, the Ottawa-based, bilingual, art-folk duo of life partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, craft songs for the ages.

My favourite is “Brittle Earth,” a haunting, mesmerizing, concise, and powerful gem. Droning verses and compelling harmonies make it sound elemental, as befits the lyrics, which convey their awe and appreciation of the eternal forests. “There is an answer,” they sing, “somewhere down in the brittle earth.” Their conviction is compelling.

“Atoms of the Apartment,” meanwhile, is as original an idea for a song as I’ve ever heard, a jangly pop confection that pays science-nerd tribute to the quirks (and quarks) of home.

And “Time Past Time,” for another example, is a tender-hearted folk piece to raise flagging spirits faced with the enormous struggle for humanity’s future.

“Moon Cradle” is a sweet ballad rooted in a gently finger-picked acoustic “guitelele” and a delightful blend of multiple harmonic voices. The song offers a view of the moon, especially how it spiritually connects us to the earth, our ancestors, our neighbours, and other earth-dwellers. It’s a song of quiet power, and an exploration of a space on the edge of something new, but not quite there yet.

With elastic, imaginative songcraft, Moonfruits weave stories of family, responsibility and loss, beckoning listeners to elevate the stuff of everyday life in our current era of threatening climate change and deepening inequality. Transformation – whether personal, spiritual, or political – is their guiding light. I haven’t seen Moonfruits in a few years, so I’m looking forward to hearing all they’ve been up to since then.

They’ll be at The Springtide Music Festival at the Uxbridge Music Hall at 7:00 pm.



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