Alberta Music, together with Manitoba Music, Sask Music and FortWhyte Alive are bringing nine songwriters together (three from each province) for three days of collaborative songwriting. The co-writing retreat will take place at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, February 28 to March 2, 2016
The haunting, alt-country melodies of Mariel Buckley are not easily forgotten among the polished, typical tunes of modern country music. Amidst the sea of neon-Nashville superstars, Buckley offers a crunchy, roots alternative.
Fresh from her 2015 Calgary Folk Music Festival debut; Buckley is in the early stages of planning her second full-length album. The disc will be a follow up to the celebrated ‘Motorhome’, which garnered praises nation wide from CBC, CKUA, CJSW, and CJSR; as well as the ever reputable ‘No Depression’ Magazine. She's been referred to as "...the next Loretta Lynn..." with "...hints of Bruce Springsteen and Patsy Cline all rolled into one."
Although the comparative musical shoes to fill are quite sizeable, Buckley brings a magnetic stage presence to every show; pushing her abilities above and beyond to earn her slot in the Canadian Roots scene.
I learned to write songs on a beach in Maryland when I was twenty-years-old. I was sleeping in a hammock in the woods on the edge of town trying to make a girl fall in love with me.
Busking for change on a boardwalk on the beach will almost certainly put words in your mouth. Riding horses and driving tractors in Southern Alberta was my childhood. I was a farm boy and I spent my days wandering with my dog, humming the songs I heard on the a.m. radio. My grandpa could spin a story out of anything and I hung off of his every word. He taught me how to do the same.
I started an indie rock band and we were together five years. We had an old red van and we toured the country. I fell in love with every town and city we ever played in and every highway line we passed. My roots caught up to me as they often do as a person grows. I remembered all my time on the farm and all the stories my grandpa told. Folk and country music started to call my name. My name is Tanner James and I am a singer, a runner, a traveller, a dreamer, a troubadeur and a guitar picker. Most of all - I’m a storyteller. This is my life now.
Whether playing an intimate concert or on stage at the Edmonton Folk Festival, 18 year old Rebecca Lappa is loving every minute of her journey into the world of music. With a haunting voice and elegant lyrics she delivers a musical renaissance inspired by history and life events spun with romance, fantasy and intelligent wit. In short, Rebecca is resurrecting the art of the 'Folk-tale' and making it accessible and hip again!
Rebecca was honoured to win Young Performer of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards for her CD "Tattered Rose". In June she was awarded with "Adult Alternative Recording of the Year" at the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards for the song "Queen of the May" form her CD, Ode to Tennyson. Currently she is pursuing her bachelor's of Music at MacEwan University and continues to explore her love of all things music.< Previous Post Next Post >