We carry on from last week with some cool releases coming out of Canada either in the last few weeks or about to be unleashed, there is some amazing music out there if you dig a little.
Here are some recommendations worth a listen ....
Judy Brown - Say It
Judy Brown’s long-overdue solo debut album, scheduled for an early 2018 release, will highlight Brown’s formidable voice delivering her sincere and occasionally humorous self penned songs with solid backing from her long-time, award-winning musical friends bassist Gary Kendall and guitarist Teddy Leonard.
Guitarist Judy Brown writes and performs her unique blend of original roots, blues and country songs, telling stories about love, loss and resiliency.
The Young Novelists - In City & Country
While their upcoming album in city & country will technically be their fourth album, it is their third studio album and second under the current moniker. Their last record ' Made Us Strangers ' landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New / Emerging Artist, and a Vocal Group of the Year nomination.
The same year, the band won the Grassy Hill Connecticut Folk Songwriting competition and James received the Ontario Art Council’s prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. But 2016 was an even bigger year for the two — Spink quit her job as a scientist, they packed their things (and their five year old son Simon), and went on a massive North American tour. After over 100 shows, including a 10-week stint on the road, the pair returned to Toronto to start working on ' In City & Country ' , drawing inspiration from their travels.
M.D. Dunn - The River Lately
M.D. Dunn (call him Mark, if you like) has been performing for nearly three decades. His ninth album, The River Lately, was released in 2018, and his third book of poems, Even the Weapons (BuschekBooks) was published in 2014. Mark's music has been played on CBC, NPR, and many college and community stations. He lives in Sault Ste Marie and tours regularly. As a guitarist, Mark has developed a unique finger picking style. He most frequently performs as a soloist, but has several bands depending on the music and the venue.
Noah Zacharin - A Startle Of Wings
Noah Zacharin is a widely acclaimed guitar master, multi-genre songwriter, and dynamic performer. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, and began performing at 14. In December 2015, Zacharin became a full-time recording and touring musician, and is more thrilled than ever to be doing what he has always done. Born in Montreal, Zacharin splits his time between Toronto, the road, and an off-grid cabin on the Canadian Shield.
the Andrew Collins Trio - Tongue and Groove
Mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself at the epicentre of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic / roots music scene. He didn’t invent it – but he's certainly been a contributor, having co-founded seriously noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking Tree String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, his namesake Trio. That’s not to mention the fact that this prolific, robust performer – comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello – composes, produces, arranges, writes and teaches across multiple genres, including a popular collision of folk, jazz, bluegrass, celtic, and classical.
They just released a new double album, grafting 11 vocal cuts (tongues) to 11 instrumentals (grooves) to create a seamless finish with their cleverly monikered double album, Tongue & Groove. Each cut is milled to perfection and represents a back-to-basics visitation on what the band does best -- spontaneity of the stage and rapid-fire, improvisational exchanges.