2004 Reviews

Rich and sweet, dark and deep - Nathan's brand of haunting folk comes from just being themselves

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly July 22,2004 - Preview Article by M.D. Stewart   In Hebrew, Nathan means "giver." In the Old Testament, Nathan is the name of a prophet as well as a son of King David. It can also be a short form of Nathaniel...

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Musical joi de vivre - A cross-genre free spirit, Olu Dara plays for the simple, unbridled joy of it

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly July 22, 2004 - Preview Article by Jamie Frederick He has the wisdom of the ages, a perspective that stretches back through the last half-century of American music and the talent to distil his vast knowledge into a loose, freewheeling sound that encompasses...

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Runaways and wanderers - Vancouver's Po' Girl sing their own Vagabond Lullabies

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly July 22, 2004 - Preview Article by James Keller Having left home when she was just in her teens, Allison Russell is in familiar company with the other two members of Po’ Girl. Russell, Trish Klein, a founding member of the...

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Creative in capitals - Scott Merritt thinks outside the beat box

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly July 22, 2004 - Preview Article by M.D. Stewart An awful lot has been written about the horrors and evils of the music industry. The industry designation itself seems to be at direct odds with the human creative spark and process that...

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Accidental singer, purposeful bliss - Former Whiskeytown vocalist Caitlin Cary offers heart-kissed songs

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly, July 22, 2004 - Preview Article by Mary-Lynn McEwen There are not many graduate students who pick up a phone call from a stranger and end up wedged between a bad-boy partner-in-rhyme and a major label deal a few months later. Ohio-born Caitlin...

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The Stompin' Tom Party of Canada - No-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is singer-songwriter does no wrong in the eyes of fans

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly July 22, 2004 - Preview Article by Aubrey McInnis   Earlier this year, our beloved hero Stompin’ Tom Connors had made an apoplectic mess of Conan O’Brien’s audience during a special weeklong broadcast in Toronto. Really, it was too much of a coincidence to...

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Brit won't be buried by beauty myth - Thea Gilmore forgoes Barbie doll image to make music on her own terms

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly July 22, 2004 - Preview Article by Kirsten Kosloski Thea Gilmore doesn’t believe in bad days. She doesn’t have many regrets, either. She’s the kind of woman who could dig her way out of any situation, which makes the title of her 2003...

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Our roots writers choose their must-see folk-fest side-stage essentials

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly July 22, 2004 - Preview Article by FFWD Staff MARY-LYNN McEWEN’S PICKS · Gonna Shine Up My Boots Steve Earle Corb Lund Caitlin Cary Sunday, 4:30 p.m. Sunterra Stage 5 A bad boy with a golden heart, a good boy with a sunny-side-up streak of cowboy, and...

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Stompin' stellar festival

30 July 2004

Calgary Sun May 11, 2004 - Preview Article by Mike Bell   Age has its advantages. This year, for example, the Calgary Folk Music Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary as an important fixture on Calgary’s cultural landscape. As a result, the artists they are...

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Five by five - Calgary folk fest's silver anniversary blends new sounds with old favourites

30 July 2004

FFWD Weekly May 13, 2004 - Preview Article by Jason Lewis For some, The Calgary Folk Music Festival has become the height of summer entertainment – a sort of musical lynchpin anticipated the whole year. This year’s festival promises to be no exception. With...

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