J. R. Shore- State Theatre review & the Polaris Music Prize

It is getting to that time of the year when I must finalize my Polaris Music Prize Top 5 albums of the year. For those who are unfamiliar with the Polaris Music Prize, its mission statement reads thusly: “A not-for-profit organization that honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris recognizes… Continue reading J. R. Shore- State Theatre review & the Polaris Music Prize

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The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #6

Tonight I am quite excited. This evening was my school’s Christmas concert, one of my favourite evenings of the school year. Being in a new community, everything was new this time out and it was wonderful to meet so many people. And the kids did an amazing job. I love being part of such a celebration of… Continue reading The12 Roots Songs of Christmas- #6

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Maria Dunn- Piece by Piece

Maria Dunn’s exceptional Piece by Piece is released this coming Tuesday, September 17. I thought the album had been released weeks ago as Maria sent me my copy in mid-July, but after searching Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue for a gift copy without success Saturday, I learned Outside Music has it on its way to store shelves… Continue reading Maria Dunn- Piece by Piece

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Maria Dunn- Piece By Piece review

I was pleased to have Maria send me her new album this summer; it was actually the first album to arrive at the new house. I’ve been listening to it all summer. Gorgeous stuff, as always. Maria Dunn Piece By Piece  www.MariaDunn.com Alongside John Wort Hannam, Maria Dunn is Alberta’s most highly regarded folk music… Continue reading Maria Dunn- Piece By Piece review

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Maria Dunn & Friends, Red Deer May 12, 2012

Maria Dunn, Shannon Johnson, and Sharmila Mathur- GWG: Piece by Piece Snell Gallery, Red Deer Last night, Maria Dunn, accompanied by a pair of musical companions, delighted a small gathering in the basement of the Red Deer Public Library. Dunn, well-regarded as a singer-songwriter, is always a delight to hear live. Searching back in the… Continue reading Maria Dunn & Friends, Red Deer May 12, 2012

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Ten Roots Songs for Canada Day, 2011

To quote Stompin’ Tom Connors, it’s Canada Day up Canada way, and in honour of our great Canadian celebration- marked traditionally by hailstorms, watching the NHL Free Agent Frenzy on TSN, and mega-sleep-ins to recover from a school year (6 PM last evening until 7:45 this morning, a personal best perhaps)- I thought I would… Continue reading Ten Roots Songs for Canada Day, 2011

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My Favourite Albums of the Aughts- Part Four of Four

The past two days have been very busy at Fervor Coulee, the busiest two days since the blog launched. I thank all of you for that, and again I’m hoping you are finding music recommendations that will lead you to new discoveries. Here are the top five- but really six- entries in my list of Favourite… Continue reading My Favourite Albums of the Aughts- Part Four of Four

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