Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval- Moth Nor Rust II review

Jon Brooks & the Outskirts of Approval Moth Nor Rust II Fallen Tree Records I first heard Jon Brooks at a folk festival; Edmonton? Calgary? Somewhere else? Details fade, but not impressions: I wanted to hear more. And, I did. I write about music. Not terribly well, certainly not effortlessly or eloquently, but I write.… Continue reading Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval- Moth Nor Rust II review

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Tom Savage, Mark Martyre, & Rob Lutes reviewed

Three Canadian singer-songwriters. Three very different voices and visions. What keeps me writing about roots music? The money dried up in 2012. Most PR and label types expect writers to get by with downloads, totally disregarding the importance of packaging art, notes, and musician credits. It is more difficult than ever as a freelance writer… Continue reading Tom Savage, Mark Martyre, & Rob Lutes reviewed

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Kim Beggs- Said Little Sparrow review

Kim Beggs Said Little Sparrow http://www.KimBeggs.com Kim Beggs, perhaps Whitehorse’s strongest contribution to the contemporary Canadian folk circuit, has a voice and an outlook like no one else, and she reveals her path of experience at every turn. That voice. Beggs has a timbre that is folksy, earthy, and woodsy all at once—natural-sounding, of course,… Continue reading Kim Beggs- Said Little Sparrow review

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Guy Bélanger- Traces & Scars review

Guy Bélanger Traces & Scars  Disques Bros http://www.GuyBelangerMusic.com Opening with two rather sedate and gentle instrumental and largely acoustic pieces, one is immediately drawn into the atmospheric experience veteran Quebec harmonica player Guy Bélanger has created. This is the sound of wires and wood (and harmonica)  in no hurry to get where they are headed—for… Continue reading Guy Bélanger- Traces & Scars review

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In With the Old- My Mother’s Couch reviewed

Okay, now that your eyes have adjusted…with what may be the folk/roots album package of the year, Saskatoon’s (“They put the sass into Saskatchewan,” says Jim Lauderdale) In With the Old has released a simply delightful album. My Mother’s Couch is 45-minutes and 13 songs of unbridled folk roots joy- a heaping helping of bluegrass… Continue reading In With the Old- My Mother’s Couch reviewed

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The Original Jenny Whiteley review

Jenny Whiteley The Original Jenny Whiteley Black Hen Music I first encountered Ontario’s Jenny Whiteley as a member of Heartbreak Hill, a bluegrass band featuring Dottie Cormier, Christopher Quinn, Victor Bateman, and Danny Whiteley. I don’t recall too much about their performance at that Blueberry Bluegrass fest appearance outside the impact of a single Whiteley… Continue reading The Original Jenny Whiteley review

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Maria Dunn- Gathering review

Maria Dunn Gathering Distant Whisper Music One of Alberta’s foremost folk musicians—I believe only John Wort Hannam is her equal—returns with her sixth collection of lyrically-rich gems. An artist who places her convictions and heart on display in complementary proportions, Dunn has found balance between sharing the inspirational and compelling within songs that are insightful,… Continue reading Maria Dunn- Gathering review

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