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Basia Bulat
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Basia Bulat

from Toronto, ON

Basia Bulat has been a mainstay of the CFMF since her emergence as an unpretentious, original autoharp-welding indie songwriter in 2007. Montreal-based Bulat offers both a distinctive voice, and artistry that pulls as much from R&B and soul as it does from freak folk. With musical outsiders who have penetrated the mainstream (or at least made a dent in it) as touchstones, Bulat makes the cinematic seem effortless, the sublime appear as an everyday experience. Love for her powerful, unwavering vocals and for live performances that see her effortlessly switching between autoharp, piano, guitar, dulcimer, and charango. Over her last two records of original material, both produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Bulat brought out sounds of ‘70s after dark pop/rock, Motown girl groups and a dash of indie pop and married them to her unique vision. Bulat has just revisited her catalogue along with a trio of collaborators, including CFMF alumni Owen Pallet, for 2022’s The Garden, giving songs from throughout her discography a string quartet orchestral reimagining. The spellbinding configuration further showcases her singular voice and timeless songwriting as she revisits and gives new life to beloved originals alongside the handpicked group of string players, as well as bandmates Andrew Woods and Ben Whiteley.

Biography by Derek McEwen

Full schedule coming soon! Stay tuned.