Sometimes the riskiest moves result in the softest landings. After years of playing around Calgary in a variety of bands including the popular quartet Magnolia Buckskin and a new duo with Lorrie Matheson called The Rosellas, Emily Triggs has truly come into her own stepping out as a solo artist. Since releasing her debut 2014 recording, When Guinevere Went Under, Triggs has embraced the spotlight including performances at Block Heater and the South Country Fair. Possessing an instrument evocative of folk artists from the ‘60s and ‘70s such as Kate McGarrigle, Triggs’ alto is bright and clear with a comforting underlying vibrato. Her music, while rooted in folk, also encompasses country, blues and some good, old rock ‘n’ roll. It is classic and contemporary in equal measure; classic surely as a result of learning the ropes from her folk musician father while growing up in Quebec, contemporary due to great taste in surrounding herself with some of the city’s best musical collaborators.
Following When Guinevere Went Under, Triggs is busting down walls that confine an artist to expectations and genres with her soon to be released album Middletown. Middletown captures the undeniably authentic style of songwriting and arrangement that reflects the world of music Emily grew up in. The youngest of five growing up in a mix of English and French culture, it was in living room jam sessions with local and visiting musicians that Emily learned the history and art of lyrical composition and performance.
Middletown will not let listeners down as Triggs continues to push the boundaries of the folk/roots genre with influences spanning from Texas blues to her years in French Canada. Produced by Lorrie Matheson, Middletown is the lamenting heart of roots with the raucous soul of rock that’s never too far from the earthy fields of country.