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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Ryan Boldt- Broadside Ballads review

Ryan Boldt Broadside Ballads (Big White Cloud/Dahl Street Records) It takes true effort to listen to and fully comprehend the old ballads. In a click-a-minute world, where video clips go by in ten seconds, when songs require little more than a beat, a groove, and a chorus of five words, and where our intellect is… Continue reading Ryan Boldt- Broadside Ballads review

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Fiddle & Banjo review

Fiddle & Banjo Tunes from the North-Songs From the South http://www.FiddleBanjo.ca This has been a great summer for roots music. Whether the folk and alt-folk (whatever the frick that is) sounds of Norma MacDonald and Nick Ferrio, troubling, dark, and challenging sounds from the likes of Rodney DeCroo, Brock Zeman, and Gordie Tentrees, or breezy,… Continue reading Fiddle & Banjo review

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Canadian Songwriters in Action- Review

Over at the Lonesome Road Review, we did something different a couple weeks ago by reviewing three excellent albums in one piece. The latest albums from singer-songwriters Brock Zeman, Gordie Tentrees, and Rodney DeCroo are the focus, and all I can say is, Wow! What a slate of discs- personal, introspective, and poetically charming. Yup,… Continue reading Canadian Songwriters in Action- Review

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Norma MacDonald- Burn the Tapes review

Norma MacDonald Burn the Tapes http://www.NormaMacDonald. com I’ve had enough of wispy-voiced waifs, of all gender, singing folk-pop music slicker than margarine. This summer, I am demanding voices of substance, ones that move me, ones which do more than blend with the car floor carpeting. Give me Gabrielle Papillon. Give me Amelia Curran. Give me… Continue reading Norma MacDonald- Burn the Tapes review

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