Amelia has risen to the top of the folk world with a reputation built on the contrasts of complexity and simplicity in her music; songs that are a meditation on frailty, restlessness, time, longing and loss. Her latest, Michael Phillip Wojewoda-produced album Promised Mercy showcases the songwriting talent of Canada’s master contemporary songstress. Her knife-sharp lyrics find peace and even cheerfulness amidst lush layers for a poised and consummate work.

Ryan Boldt’s solo CD Broadside Ballads is a collection of nine traditional folk songs interpreted by the Deep Dark Woods’ singer and principal songwriter. It’s a delicate, beautiful disc, full of mournful dirges and uplifting ballads plus songs from a deep, rich folk tradition.