Album review

Le Vent du Nord – 20 Printemps

In early March, Le Vent du Nord released a new album called 20 Printemps, a title that signifies rebirth and rejuvenation, appropriate for a group that has over two decades expanded and developed its musical vision – a vision dedicated ...
Album review

Alan Doyle – Here, Tonight

On March 11, Alan Doyle released his first live album, titled Here, Tonight. It’s a collection of songs recorded at shows over the past few years, backed up by the immensely talented The Beautiful Beautiful Band, consisting of Cory Tetford, ...
Album review

Bruce Cockburn’s Greatest Hits (1970-2020)

On Dec. 3, True North Records released Bruce Cockburn’s Greatest Hits (1970-2020), a two-CD, 30-song compilation that covers 50 years in the career of this iconic Canadian singer-songwriter. It was no doubt quite the challenge to decide what to include ...
Album review

Catherine MacLellan – Holiday

If we’re being honest, this holiday season may not be the easiest to ease into, as it’s our third year of life with COVID-19. Fortunately, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan has released a new four-cut Christmas EP called Holiday that ...
Album review

The McDades – The Empress

For those unfamiliar with the McDades, they are an immensely talented Celtic-rooted group out of Edmonton consisting of three siblings: Shannon Johnson (violin and vocals), Solon McDade (bass and vocals) and Jeremiah McDade (whistles, bansuri, saxophones, guitar and vocals). They ...
Album review

David Wiffen – Live at the Bunkhouse

According to their website, Mapache Records is a “Barcelona-based record label that reissues long-time lost albums that blow your mind.” I can’t vouch for the mind-blowing quality of their entire catalogue but one recent reissue of real interest to Canadian ...
Album review

John Wort Hannam – Long Haul

Alberta singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam has just released his eighth album called Long Haul. Over the years, accolades for John have included a Juno Award nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year, and a Kerrville ...
Album review

Jane Mathew – Such Perfect Lives

Toronto singer-songwriter Jane Mathew released her debut album, Such Perfect Lives, today, and what a stunning beginning it is, leaving us looking forward to what comes next. Jane was born in Oman and moved to Thornhill, ON when she was ...
Feature

A second look at Noah Derksen – America, Dreaming

A lot of great roots albums come out every month here in Canada, and some of them arguably don’t get all of the recognition they deserve. Richard Barry is out to fix that by not only reviewing new albums, but ...