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David Newberry: A new voice worth remembering

Despite its seemingly negative-sounding title — No One Will Remember You — and somewhat sombre graphics, David Newberry’s second album’s contents are surprisingly uplifting, if not altogether thrilling. Newberry — a Vancouverite (by way of Ontario) — carries a very ...
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Al Lerman’s got the Crowe River Blues

Al Lerman did exactly as he sings — he moved out into the woods, but for different reasons than the protagonist in the song “Suitcase Blues”. His album Crowe River Blues is largely the by-product of this move — the ...
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Friendly dueling: annual event shows best in banjo

Oh, you know the old joke: “How can you tell if there’s a banjo player at your door”? “They can’t find the key, the knocking speeds up, and they don’t know when to come in.” There’s a million jokes like ...
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April Verch: Fiddle people get it

Fiddle people get it. Most of them know who she is because of the voice she’s attempting to establish. And, given the success of American counterparts like Alison Krauss, you’d think Ottawa native April Verch – some 8 years Krauss’ junior ...
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The 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards

With our population of some 35 million potential blues lovers — you couldn’t find an audience more ripe or receptive to the blues. Problem is — as everyone who lives here knows — this huge country’s tiny population is spread ...
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LIVE: Lutes & MacDonald’s cool Canadian sound

Goodness gracious this is rich! For anyone who may occasionally fall into the trap of thinking Canadian talent plays second fiddle to anybody, Rob Lutes & Rob MacDonald’s LIVE will have your flag flapping in its proper place. Both players ...