Remember 1997? Jane Hawley was one of the brightest lights on the Alberta roots scene. She sang with Beautiful Joe for a few years- the little band that almost did- and on her own, of course, and released a pair of beautiful little albums of original material.
My favourite memory is from the Calgary Folk Music Festival where Jane was sharing a stage with Tom Russell, and Jane launched into “Barometer’s Rising” with the line of, “Mr. Russell asked how’s the weather in Winnipeg…” Seeing Tom’s jaw drop was impressive.
Jane’s been out of the spotlight for awhile. She resurfaced about six years ago with her third album and I caught her with Myrol at the Ironwood one night in Calgary. Recently she released Jane Hawley & Aunt Betty’s Band and is making the rounds again with Myrol. Saturday finds them at The Hideout, just outside Red Deer at Gasoline Alley. No cover. Should be fabulous.