Label: Self Released
When your skills have graced the stage and fought musical duels with the cream of Classic Rock, Folk, Jazz and more, and as the go to session player you've been recorded on hundreds of albums for the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Chieftains, Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Roger Daltry, Jim Cuddy, The Skydiggers ... you get my drift, right ? Considering all those accomplishments and the many awards that have been amassed, what happens when you lose close friends and family members, and life changes in many ways ? If your name is Anne Lindsay your emotions are evoked through the violin / Fiddle and vocals that you were given as a sublime gift, the extension of your very soul and your constant companion in life, you dig deep, record and perform.
Anne has called the Soloworks project the offspring of her journeys around the world, and her travels across the length and breadth of Canada, and the feelings of being alone. She has put together an eclectic mix of tunes and songs that are at times vibrant, some hauntingly beautiful, all of which are played with a passion and wondrous technique, added to by the inner emotions of the recent losses. Captured beautifully, all of this is played alone on violin, Piano, Voice and Nyckelharpa, Lindsay has put down the recording of the album to part challenge and part circumstance, she quite brilliantly brings together on one instrument in each piece the rhythm, melody, harmony and textures required, a stand out track and example of this is ' The Three Bears ' where I was spoken to and told a story with an instrument in the care of a master, also of note is ' The Spy Czar / Jokijenkka ' which exudes happiness, joy and the unmistakable feeling that this artist really is completely in tune with every single note that fills the air. Although a departure from her past award winning releases, it is that very shift that has given us an extraordinary album, one full of wonderful artistry and allows us to marvel at Anne Lindsay's personal triumph. Much of the album was recorded in Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto which gives a very atmospheric quality that could never be attained in a studio, and is also of significance as it's where she sang in the junior choir.
Soloworks is an example of how completely in control of her instrument and emotions Anne Lindsay is, and is a shining example of how to convey those emotions through the artistry of music and song.