News & Reviews

A Yukon state of mind
FFWD Magazine - Kenna Burima

10 May 2004

Kim Barlow brings stories of the region and its people to l ife in song Whitehorse-based songwriter Kim Barlow always tries to avoid writing the standard love song, instead drawing inspiration from the people around her. According to Barlow, fascinating people make for fascinating...

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Henrys and Silver Hearts eschew beaten path
FFWD Magazine- Mary-Lynn McEwen

10 May 2004

Preview - The Silver Hearts and The Henrys It’s fitting that Wyatt Burton, electric guitarist and lap steel player for Peterborough, Ontario’s The Silver Hearts, calls from a cellphone as he’s travelling to Nanton on Route 564 while surrounded, he says, by nothing. After...

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Stories written in steel
FFWD Magazine

10 May 2004

Friends of Dean Martinez create instrumental paradise Bill Elm is a steel-guitar player, but don’t for a second think that makes him a country musician. In fact, many of the haunting steel-guitar-laced tracks on the new release from his band Friends of Dean Martinez...

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True to her country roots
FFWD Magazine - Sandra Vida

10 May 2004

Ruthie Foster mixes blues and gospel with style Ruthie Foster’s music has been called a hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk, and her strong voice has been compared to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. But her recent wave of success...

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Don't we all got the blues? FFWD Magazine - Jaime Frederick

10 May 2004

The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir leads us down path of sorrow and despair Once upon a time, before the days when Reverend Ron preached weekly at the left end of the radio dial as Calgary’s Blues Witness, a young whippersnapper named Bob rifled through...

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Magical mystery tour
FFWD Magazine

10 May 2004

Scouting the folk fest’s sidestage action While many people turn out to hear the headliners in concert, true folk fest devotees know that the real action takes place on Saturday and Sunday in the sidestage sessions, when the musicians drop their prepared set lists to...

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Cruel, but not to be kind
FFWD Magazine

10 May 2004

Elvis Costello infuriates fans on a regular basis "Elvis Costello is such an asshole." Village Voice critic Douglas Wolk’s introductory sentence to his 2002 review of Costello’s When I Was Cruel typified a sentiment about the singer-songwriter’s recent music shared by scores of his long-suffering...

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Art, activism and a Righteous Babe

10 May 2004

Li’l Folksinger Ani DiFranco returns to her solo acoustic roots It’s been 10 years since Ani DiFranco last played the Calgary Folk Music Festival – not that she’s counting. Just to put things in context, that was 15 albums ago, back in the days when...

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Edmonton Sun - 2003-07-25 Calgary Shows How It's Done By Fish Grikowsky

10 May 2004

And how will the people of Calgary remember the 24th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival, which wrapped up Sunday evening? CALGARY - The primitive idea of some sort of metaphorical arms race between Edmonton and Calgary traces its roots back to territorial disputes at the...

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FFWD Weekly 2003-07-31 Sun, song and serenade by Mary-Lynn McEwen

10 May 2004

The year of the chicks versus the folk fascists There was the good. There was the bad. There was not too much of the ugly. The good was Daniel Lanois, Old Reliable, Ricky Skaggs, Blue Rodeo, Sarah Harmer, The Backstabbers and almost everything else...

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