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I was a Kerrville New Folk finalist!

B.C. singer-songwriter Jane Eamon was the only Canadian finalist to play in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition for songwriters. Jane and her husband/sideman Gord Brush took part in the the competition at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, ...
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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings up the ante

The new Blackie and the Rodeo Kings album Kings and Queens may be the most ambitious project by a Canadian roots band since The Band invited a bunch of friends to join them on stage for the filming of The ...
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Gurf Morlix in 12 questions

Gurf Morlix is a highly respected Austin, Texas producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter. Gurf is a member of the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame (2004) and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (2005), and is the Americana Music Association Instrumentalist ...
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Dear Mother Maple: SPEAK UP, WILL YA?!

No letter of advice this time, dearies. Mother’s concerned about something that she’s been seeing on that Maplepost e-mail list this week, and that’s hearing loss. I know people who can’t hear certain frequencies any more because of a feedback ...
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The spirit of The Laws

Roots songwriting power couple John and Michele Law have made a career out of indie musicianship. Despite, or maybe because of this DIY ethic, The Laws are consummate professionals, who seem to be happiest when headed to their next show. ...
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Canadian roots hockey song playlist

What a great time to be a Canadian hockey fan: the Jets are on the way back to Winnipeg, as the Vancouver Canucks take on the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. While there’s no question who we’re cheering for ...
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Lindi Ortega’s Little Red Boots

If you long for the tingle of an alt-country sound, just trim all the fat off of your accompaniment. Get a slinky spiderweb Telecaster, add a comatose upright bass and scatter loose snare shots around the dark edges. Now fill ...
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Amanda Rheaume’s Light of Another Day dawns

To get to Light of Another Day, her first full-length CD, Amanda Rheaume has taken a path that is uniquely her own. Ottawa music fans first came to know her as the leader of The Amanda Rheaume Band, a rock ...
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Dear Mother Maple: The sincerest form of flattery?

Dear Mother Maple: I love music, and I particularly like small concerts or house concerts because you get to interact with the performer. A few weeks ago, I was at a house concert, and I got to talk to one ...
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Party music: Jeff Healey bandmates Fraser/Daley

Multiple Maple Blues Award-winning bass-man Alec Fraser has played with the likes of David Wilcox, Jack de Keyzer, Morgan Davis, Danny Marks, Jerome Godboo, Rick Fines and Danny Brooks. Musicologist and guitarist Mike Daley has played with The Travellers, Suzie ...