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Monday, April 22 2013

Ólöf Arnalds: Sudden Elevation

On her third full length Ólöf Arnalds marries tradition and innovation. The language she does it in hardly matters.


Sunday, February 19 2012

John McCutcheon: This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America

The ever-relevant songbook of folk's immortal influence comes to life again.


Wednesday, November 9 2011

Various Artists: Whaur the Pig Gaed on the Spree

The singers throughout the album, in universal folk song tradition, take on the voices of the poor and the pressured, which are the voices of themselves.


Tuesday, July 12 2011

The Tragically Hip Hippies of Yorkville, Toronto, in ‘Making the Scene’

This book astutely charts the transformative effect of Yorkville as a community, revealing it be a place that was greatly changed over the course of a few scant years.


Sunday, October 10 2010

Great Big Sea: Safe Upon the Shore

Great Big Sea is, at its heart, a party band, and there is pretty much one thing that its music is a soundtrack to in Canada: drinking your face off.


Thursday, June 17 2010

Pete Seeger… Un Hombre Sincero

These two documents transport listeners and viewers back to the heart of the civil rights era and reaffirm Seeger's creation of a truly global music of conscience that can transcend the limitations of its local translations.


‘Cigar Box Banjo’  Is a Nice Parting Gift From One of Canada’s Most Talented Writers

Cigar Box Banjo is less a memoir than it is an epitaph: Paul Quarrington wanted to be taken seriously as a bluesman, less so as an author.


Thursday, May 27 2010

Race in America, Race in Music: Different Trains,  Same Two Tracks

It's an American pop music creation myth: that blues and folk music developed along two distinct tracks, with their own distinct traditions, divided along racial lines. The truth is, of course, far more slippery and complicated.


Thursday, February 25 2010

Carrie Newcomer: Before & After

What starts as a comforting, peaceful collection of songs becomes vaguely and unfortunately workmanlike after more than 10 tracks.


Monday, November 2 2009

Herman Düne + Julie Doiron: 29 October 2009 - Chicago

Words and Pictures by Kirstie Shanley


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