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How Gordie Tentrees’ past as a boxer helped shape his ...

When you enter the Yukon, you’re greeted by signs that describe the territory as being “larger than life.” It’s an apt description of not only the land but its inhabitants, as singer-songwriter Gordie Tentrees will attest. “I believe everyone is ...
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Why people cried when they saw Tom Leighton live (hint: ...

A few weeks ago, Tom Leighton had occasion to accompany singer-songwriter Marie-Lynn Hammond at a backyard concert, the first after many months of COVID-induced restrictions. What happened right away caught Tom a bit off-guard. “When Marie-Lynn started singing, people were ...
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Ian Tamblyn’s new album is a mix of the serious, ...

“I’m not compelled to the stage,” said veteran singer-songwriter Ian Tamblyn, who has just released his latest album, A Longing For Innocence. “I don’t need the stage like some people do. But I miss it. I miss the energy that exists ...
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What happens when some of Canada’s hottest old-time musicians jam ...

The phrase “use it or lose it” is usually associated with recreational athletes who may have stopped exercising or playing sports for awhile. It’s also applicable to non-athletic activities where everyday practice enhances abilities. But it can also apply to ...
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Duane Andrews’ new album comes with his own brand of ...

The imposition of COVID-19 restrictions put an end to touring for artists across Canada, including Newfoundland guitarist Duane Andrews. Already faced with the changing landscape of the music business as a result of the financial impact brought about by streaming, ...
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Murray McLauchlan’s latest album is about relationships of all kinds

To get a clear idea of how Canadian music is different from American or British, it might be wise to get the perspective of a non-Canadian. Veteran singer-songwriter Murray McLauchlan got such an insight many years ago while on tour ...
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Big Little Lions were composing by email way before it ...

  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many a band to find alternative ways to create new songs, whether by email, Zoom, FaceTime or any other platform available. For the duo Big Little Lions, nothing has changed. They’ve always written together by email. ...
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André Marchand of Grosse Isle talks about the evolution of ...

When is a debut album not a debut album? When it’s the album Le Bonhomme Sept Heures/The Bonesetter by the trio Grosse Isle. Comprising fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie, Uilleann piper Fiachra O’Regan and veteran Québecois guitarist/singer André Marchand, the trio first worked ...
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How Jeffrey Straker came to quit classical and embrace folk ...

Of all the metaphors to describe a change in musical direction, singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker’s is one of the most unique. “It was almost like discovering how to make TNT in the bathtub when I discovered I could write folk songs!” ...
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Rob Lutes’ new album is a family affair in more ...

        “Hard writing makes easy reading.” It’s a saying Rob Lutes became familiar with during his years working at a publishing company when he first moved to Montreal from New Brunswick. “If you’ve worked on writing something ...