Tag: folk

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Alexis Chartrand and Colin Savoie-Levac – Le Tranino

Two of the finest young players in Québec’s traditional music scene got together in a studio one weekend last September and jammed, improvising arrangements while their friend recorded them.  The result is a simply superb collection of tunes from the ...
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Bill Garrett talks about producing Laura Smith’s final album

“She was totally ‘in the music’ when she was delivering a song,” said musician and record producer Bill Garrett of Borealis Records. “She was totally immersed in what she was doing. The emotion she felt during (a) performance translated to ...
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You can now buy the late Aylie Sparks’ debut album ...

  The spirit and music of the late Aylie Sparkes (Peter Thiessan) lives on with the digital release of his debut, and only, album, Beautiful and Deranged. The Manitoba native based in the Yukon, passed away in 2005 of cancer, ...
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Braden Gates – Kitchen Days

Preamble The dignity of labour has been a theme central to the folk music tradition forever, but it became politicized over class lines in former times, by songs and artists that polarized worker versus administration conflicts. I can’t recall many ...
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Ian Foster & Nancy Hynes launch their Christmas special today

In all of our lives, we’ve had occasion to feel affection and warmth towards an inanimate object. Think for a moment about your favourite teddy bear, doll or even your first car. These are items that you have a personal ...
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Gordon Belsher (Jar O’ Comfort, Richard Wood) – Aging Gratefully

In 1968, Gordon Belsher’s band, the Heat, supported the Who at the Edmonton Gardens. With too many guitar players in the band, and having purchased a “Beatles” Hofner bass two years earlier, Gordon was glad to take up the duties ...
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Luke Wallace: a voice for 2020?

There are specific songs, certain albums and moments in music that have a way of sticking with you over the years. Beyond the songs themselves, this has so much to do with who you were at those times. For me, ...
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Craig Cardiff’s ‘Emm & May’ single and video are all ...

Craig Cardiff details the special kind of unabashed bliss that accompanies summer romance on his new single and video, “Emm & May.” Calling on inspiration for everything from those first kisses to late-night bonfires, to lean-close hand holding and gazing ...
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How Harpin’ Norm Lucien started playing protest songs… and other ...

Harpin’ Norm Lucien wrote easygoing love songs until he joined a rally to save a historic building, where he wrote his first protest song on the spot. The protesters wanted to save a post office, an example of Edwardian architecture ...
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How Terra Spencer balances funeral directing with the thrill of ...

“It’s been a balancing act. There have certainly been times where I’ve been on the festival grounds somewhere, roaming around trying to find a wifi signal so I could send an obituary to the newspaper before the [publication] deadline!” For ...