A beloved tradition of the annual Winter Roots Roundup, the Women of Folkways concert is a celebration by women of women in the Folkways Records catalogue. It is always magic, and this year features the stellar lineup of Linda McRae (Nashville/Victoria), Shawna Caspi (Toronto), and host Dana Wylie (Edmonton).
This year’s concert is a co-presentation with the Northern Lights Folk Club.
When: Saturday, February 4th,
Time: Show at 8:00 p.m., Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Parkview Community Hall – 9135 146th Street
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Our 2017 Women of Folkways Artists
Shawna Caspi (Toronto, ON)
With her third album, Apartments For Lovers, Shawna Caspi taps right into the roots of folk music, stripping away the session musicians and elaborate arrangements of her previous records in favour of a simple, authentic sound – her solo guitar and voice. The result is a collection of songs that is close-up and honest, showcasing her warm vocals, classically-trained fingerstyle guitar playing and intimate songwriting in a With her third album, Apartments For Lovers, Shawna Caspi taps right into the roots of folk music, stripping away the session musicians and elaborate arrangements of her previous records in favour of a simple, authentic sound – her solo guitar and voice. The result is a collection of songs that is close-up and honest, showcasing her warm vocals, classically-trained fingerstyle guitar playing and intimate songwriting in a genuine, powerful way.
For 15 years, Shawna has been playing the guitar she bought at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, one of Canada’s best loved music stores. This cherished instrument has accompanied her on tour throughout Canada and the United States, where she has played festivals including the Blue Skies Music Festival, the Summerfolk Festival, the Deep Roots Music Festival, and the Ottawa Grassroots Festival. It was also her constant companion as she played on the long haul trains between Montreal and Halifax and between Vancouver and Toronto as part of the VIA Rail On Board Entertainment Program.
“Shawna Caspi has the rare gift of presence that immediately invites audience engagement, from the first strum of her skilled guitar playing to the last exquisite note she sings”. – Andy Frank, co-founder of Roots Music Canada
Shawna Caspi on Twitter: twitter.com/shawnacaspi
Linda McRae (Victoria, BC/Nashville, TN)
Though perhaps best known for her eight-year tenure as a member of the platinum-selling band Spirit of the West, recent BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee Linda McRae had already raised a daughter and performed for more than ten years with west coast punk and roots outfits before joining Spirit.
Performing on banjo, guitar and accordion, her warm and world-weary voice, unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics make McRae a captivating and sought-after artist. Promoter Fernando Pinto says, “One song breaks your heart, the next one puts it back together.”
In 2006, McRae found love and much more with James Whitmire, a retired American rancher who had recently discovered his voice as a poet. Whitmire became her manager, collaborator, and constant source of moral support while she’s out on the road. A recovered addict, who’s been clean for more than 28 years, Whitmire has life experience that many incarcerated individuals and at-risk youth relate to, and that has helped the couple build trusting connections through their therapeutic Express Yourself Writing Workshops, currently being presented in detox centres, alternative schools, and youth and adult correctional facilities across North America. McRae’s new, Steve Dawson-produced album, Shadow Trails, is inspired by that work.
Official Website: www.lindamcrae.com/
Follow Linda on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lindamcrae42rpm
Follow Linda on Twitter: twitter.com/lindamaemcrae
Dana Wylie (Edmonton, AB)
Dana Wylie is farm girl from Saskatchewan who has travelled the world in search of home. Her struggle to reconcile the wanderer with the bumpkin, mixed with her crystal clear voice and fluid finger-style guitar playing, has resulted in a unique musical language that effortlessly straddles country and city, folk and intellectual.
Wylie’s search took her first to Edmonton in 1997, to study theatre. Her 2003 one-woman Fringe hit Tempo de Java seemed destined to lead her to a long and fruitful acting career, but she had decided two things by then – that what she really wanted to do was play music, and that she needed to get out and see a bit more of the world. Circumstance took her to Taiwan, where she was surprised to find a thriving expat music scene, and where for two years she played constantly – in jug bands, bluegrass bands, cover bands, jazz bands – before moving to England to form the Dana Wylie Band, which toured Britain and North America steadfastly for five years.
While overseas, Wylie developed a profound affinity for traditional folk music – sparked by her first hearing of the great Sandy Denny’s version of ‘Reynardine” – which catalyzed an evolution in her own music and a passion for the history and practice of music-making that drives her to this day – she is currently pursuing a Masters degree in music at the University of Alberta. In ten years of recording and performing, Wylie has achieved an artistic growth that most singer/songwriters don’t experience in a lifetime, a growth that led Penguin Eggs magazine to state that she “stands out from the pack with the maturity of her musical vision.”
Official Website: www.danawylie.bandzoogle.com
Follow Dana on Facebook: www.facebook.com/danawyliemusic