Tag: contemporary folk

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Julian Taylor – Beyond the Reservoir

Julian Taylor released Beyond the Reservoir through his label Howling Turtle on Oct. 14, 2022. “Moonlight” is a sweeping opener in the style of Leonard Cohen, referencing Canadian places in baritone while telling a story that’s all Julian’s. It sets ...
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Orit Shimoni – ‘One Voice’ (video)

We’re super excited here at Roots Music Canada to premiere a new video by Orit Shimoni that has literally been more than two years in the works. It’s a video for her song “One Voice” that she drew and animated ...
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How Sam Baardman’s recovery from a stroke gave birth to ...

Marsh Radio, the new album by Winnipeg singer-songwriter Sam Baardman comes out over 20 years after the release of the award-winning 1999 album The Rookery, which followed his 1997 debut, Kicking The Stone Home. A lot has happened in the ...
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Veranda releases their nature-inspired full-length debut, Là-Bas, and single ‘La ...

Rolling hills, whispering forests, rushing rivers and the kaleidoscope of sounds of nature’s inhabitants are a natural symphony that Mother Nature conducts for our great pleasure. The music that evokes all of these soul-stirring environments is where Francophone folk, country ...
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5 Ghostly Canadian Folk Songs for Halloween

It’s not easy coming up with ideas for Halloween-themed song lists for Roots Music Canada.  There isn’t really a Canadian folk equivalent of “The Monster Mash” or “The Time Warp.” We do do murder ballads awfully well, and a few ...
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Cannot be Unheard is Ollee Owens’ debut album but she’s ...

An excellent showcase for Calgary-based Ollee Owens‘ soulful, bluesy voice, her upcoming debut album Cannot Be Unheard lives up to its title. Leading a cast of expert musicians, Ollee creates a sound that encompasses soul, R&B, gospel and blues to establish herself as ...
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Madison Violet – Eleven

What do you do when you see an advertisement for an old Airstream trailer that comes complete with a recording studio? You immediately jump into your car, cheque in hand, to follow your dream. This is the story that Brenley ...
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Check out these new singles from Martha Wainwright, Donovan Woods ...

Martha Wainwright has just released a new single, “Wolves,” which was recorded during the sessions for her four-year-old album Goodnight City but never released because it didn’t quite fit the final album sequence. It has always remained a favourite, she said, not ...
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Maybe James Gordon shouldn’t have played Schenectady

Already a singer-songwriter, author, musical theatre performer and politician, James Gordon can add one more item to his resume: Roots Music Canada columnist.  He’s graciously offered to share some entertaining stories with us from his lengthy career in the arts.  ...
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How the COVID-19 pandemic allowed Del Barber to finish some ...

Manitoba singer-songwriter Del Barber has always relied on a distinct vision for the creation of his albums, and this formula has served him well. He’s been nominated for a Juno Award three times and earned multiple nominations for Western Canadian ...