2008 Reviews

Young People Folking

27 November 2008

Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, November 22, 2008 A genre whose audience had been looking more hip-replacement than hip is working hard to attract new fans, writes Brad Wheeler The homegrown nurturing of talented players and young audiences toward traditional genres is as old...

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Folk festival chief sings happy tune with award

1 October 2008

Bob Clark, Calgary Herald, September 30 Rozsa prizes given for management of arts projects Three major Alberta arts management awards totalling $97,000 were handed out on Monday in Calgary. The Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management, honouring outstanding administration in the provincial arts community, went...

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PREVIEW: Calexico: Tuscon troubadours continue to cross borders

13 August 2008

Josh Markle, Beatroute, July 2008 Joey Burns, who along with John Convertino makes up the core of roots band Calexico, can’t stop thinking about water. That should be expected given Calexico’s home base: The often dry Santa Cruz River curls around Tucson, Arizona like pie...

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PREVIEW: A Hawk And A Hacksaw: new world thrift-store traditions

13 August 2008

Sarah Kitteringham, Beatroute, July 2008 Although the descriptor “Balkan/Eastern European inspired Folk” does not generally send music fans into a tizzy (rather leading many to scratch their heads), the genre is enjoying acknowledgment for being partially responsible for some of the most original and exciting...

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PREVIEW: Andrew Bird: stringed migration

13 August 2008

Glenn Alderson, Beatroute, July 2008 The violin is such a classic instrument, but there’s something about the way Andrew Bird plays it that makes it so fresh and relevant in a contemporary pop setting. As a classically trained violinist who has been writing and playing...

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PREVIEW: The Weakerthans: stockholm has no syndrome on us

13 August 2008

Jacqueline and Dario Hudon-Verrelli, Beatroute, July 2008 The Wikipedia entry on The Weakerthans tells of two possible histories when describing the origins of the band’s name. 1. The 1992 film The Lover, in which the protagonist exclaims, "Go ahead, I'm weaker than you can...

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PREVIEW: Sweet old sounds; Chocolate Drops keep a Carolina tradition alive

13 August 2008

Jeff Kubik, FFWD Weekly, July 24, 2008   For three young black musicians taking the mainstage at the 2008 Calgary Folk Music Festival, the past is in the present, and they’re helping to keep it there. The Carolina Chocolate Drops — Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and...

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PREVIEW: A Mann apart: Pop songstress Aimee Mann likes her privacy

13 August 2008

Bryn Evans, FFWD Weekly, July 24, 2008 Aimee Mann’s latest album, @#%&*! Smilers, is being called a return to form, a further refinement on the pop sensibilities — wry and ironic lyrics set against bouncy, folky rock — that characterized her earliest post-’Til Tuesday efforts,...

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PREVIEW: He sings the body eccentric: Violinist, singer-songwriter and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird

13 August 2008

Garth Paulson, FFWD Weekly, July 24, 2008   Rather than playing his music, Andrew Bird will perform in a series of highly abstract staring contests at this year’s folk fest “I kind of enjoy the fact that there’s no formula that works, that’s going...

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PREVIEW: More queen than pawn: Bill Callahan reveals his true self

13 August 2008

Patrick Boyle, FFWD Weekly, July 24, 2008 Few modern musicians have earned the credibility and positive reputation of Bill Callahan, a master songwriter who has enjoyed a long career releasing records under the name Smog. Last year he shed that moniker in favour of releasing...

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