Music: Frazey Ford

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So, my uncle told me about this brilliant musician last week and as it turns out I will be seeing her at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in less than a month! Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford was born in Castlegar, British Columbia. She is a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas but her solo career began with the release of her album Obadiah in the summer of 2010.

The release of her second album Indian Ocean features the catchy song, “September Fields“. Her voice is something easy to listen to and the music is kinda dancey! It’s a really nice mix. Catch her at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Mainstage Saturday July 11 at 6:00PM before another Favourite Dan Mangan + Blacksmith! See you there!


 

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Muisc: Florence + The Machine

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So this powerhouse isn’t anything new but I haven’t featured Florence + The Machine on my blog and with their awesome new album out today I had to share! The band formed in London in 2007 with singer Florence Welch and Isabella Summers and a collaboration of other artists including Robert Ackroyd, Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Tom Monger, Mark Saunders, Rusty Bradshaw and Sam White.

Their next album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful comes out TODAY! They released singles including “Ship To Wreck“, “What Kind of Man“, “Delilah” and “St Jude“. My favourite that I have been listening to on repeat is “Delilah” so I have embeded it below, you’re welcome.


 

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Music: The Bros. Landreth

The Bros Landreth

The love of music for Winnipeg roots band, The Bros. Landreth, began when brothers Joey and Dave Landreth attended their father’s gigs as children. They recently released their first album with band members Ariel Posen and Ryan Voth. Fun fact because I’m from Manitoba and I thought this was cool, their first album was recorded in a straw bale house in southern Manitoba, during one of the coldest winters. I think they are referring to the winter where it was colder here than on Mars…

In 2015 they won the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group. The two most popular songs off of their 2015 album Let It Lie are title track “Let it Lie” and “I Am The Fool“. I say “roots” in the paragraph above only because I feel I have to but I can’t totally put my finger on what genre they are, but I think that’s what I like so much about their music, you get such a variety on one album. The song I am sharing is a sad one, it’s about letting go and I think it’s quite beautiful.

I’m sorry that I left so soon / I left you standing at the gallows / You were all strung out / The hangman waiting for the sign


 

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Music: Milo Greene

Milo Greene

From Los Angeles, California, Milo Greene is an indie-folk band, with four lead singers. Band members Robbie Arnett, Graham Fink, Andrew HeringerMarlana Sheetz and Curtis Marrero on percussion. The band has released two albums, the more folky of the two is self titled album Milo Greene (2012) notable tracks are “1957” and “Silent Way”. Control (2015) took a turn towards indie-pop and was released earlier this year, must listen tracks are “White Lies” and “Heartless”

In the song “White Lies” Marlana has a strong voice and it stands out, I also want to shout out to the drums in this song subtle but I would miss them if they weren’t present. Have a listen below, it won’t disappoint!

Time won’t lie / I’ve suspected this for too long / I’m done trying / To convince you I’m worth holding on

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Fierce Females: Nicole

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What is it that empowers you most?
I love feeling like a capable, independent woman. Sure, I still live at home (I’ve been in university for 5.5 years, and I have 3.5 to go!), but I was raised to take care of myself. It was never my goal to meet a rich man who can also lift heavy things for me! I am instead empowered by my education and future career which will allow me to be independent; I am empowered by my physical strength and endurance; I am empowered by my integrity.

What is it that you love most about yourself?
As someone who has spent most of her life on self-improvement, this is a tough question! However, I guess I can say that is exactly what I do love about myself–I work hard to do well at the things that I love, because I love them.

What makes you feel most beautiful?
This is a tricky question for me, as it is for most women. As someone who struggled for too many years with disordered eating and self-image, I am all too aware of my love-hate relationship with my body. But it is honest of me to say that I feel most beautiful when I am dirty and makeup-less–after a hard run, ideally in a bit of mud too! It is then that I feel physically capable, and valued for it, rather than valued for my body and makeup.

Who is your biggest role model and why?
I always struggle with “role model” questions. Not that there aren’t great female role models out there, but I suppose I would simply rather not completely identify myself with someone else. We’re all unique, and we’re also all flawed. Perhaps it would be fairer to say I find role models for individual aspects of my life; for example, when I ran track, my role models were my teammates. Some of them had such a hardworking drive to excel, but also knew when to listen to their bodies and take a break (this is extremely challenging for distance runners!). They had the right perspective about competing amongst school and friends, which was refreshing to be around.

Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Cleopatra! Margaret George, one of my favourite authors, wrote an amazing autobiography finally depicting Cleopatra as someone more than Rome’s mistress. She is instead described as a woman of fierce integrity and sophistication, a hallmark female in an age of patriarchy.

“You were valued by others long before grades, times or appearances mattered.”

If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
This is a toughie! But I think I have to say that if not Cleopatra, Pocahontas (the fictional, Disney version). Who wouldn’t want to run around in the woods singing great songs all day with your pals, with some John Smith action to boot?

What is your biggest life goal?
My life goal is to find ways to incorporate all the loves of my life: music, sports, medicine and, of course, my friends and family. I find that as I am slowly forced out of the pseudo-adulthood I call university, I am being pushed to concentrate my life in one area–my career. But physician burnout is all too real, and I strongly believe I’ll be a better doctor (and better person) if I am able to continue doing other things I love. How can I preach health, yet not be healthy myself?

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Some would say my biggest accomplishment so far is getting into medical school, but I would have to disagree. I think my biggest accomplishments are to be found in running. As a slightly chubby kid, I loved reading, singing and acting–I was the least bit an athlete, especially compared to my superstar siblings. However, in junior high I discovered I loved running and cross country skiing. Although hardly a natural, I worked terribly hard (to the point of several stress fractures, which are not recommended!) to achieve my goals. No, I never won CIS nationals, but I won my own personal championship by pushing myself to reach my potential.

What is your favourite quote?
I guess this isn’t necessarily a real quotation, but I always liked the phrase “don’t limit yourself”. When I was in high school and a competitive cross country skier, my coaches asked us to all find a mantra or phrase to use when we were really bagged mid-race. I chose: “don’t limit yourself”. I find it still applies to my life, as it’s always tempting to self-limit and give up, but I’ve always been amazed by what I have achieved every time I kept going. This also requires getting over the fear of failure, a difficult task for most of us! Who knew I would run that time? Who knew I would be in medical school? Who knew I would still find ways to sing regularly? If I had limited myself back then, I certainly wouldn’t know it either.

If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
You were valued by others long before grades, times or appearances mattered. You are still valuable now, to the core, and now it is up to you to value yourself, always, as the dressings of grades, times and appearances will fade away.

What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism means forging your own path towards your ideal destination. Other people can come along for the ride and help you along the way, but they are not to steer you away from your own path.

Fierce Females: Nicole

Music: Shred Kelly

Shred Kelly

With a different spin on folk music and energy to spare Shred Kelly has become one of my new favourite bands. From Fernie, British Columbia, Canada this group of five is modernizing folk music. The band consists of Tim Newton (Vocals, Banjo, Cello Banjo, Guitar, ukulele), Sage McBride (Vocals, keyboard), Jordan Vlasschaert (Bass, Acoustic Guitar), Ty West (Electric Guitar) and Ian Page Shiner (Drums)

According to Spotify their most listened to track is “The Bear” off of their second album In the Hills (2012). I really enjoy “Start Again” off of their third album Sing to the Night (2015). There is just something very cool about the track, I can’t exactly put my finger on it but the combination of the more “dance” drum and the plucking of the banjo are an interesting combination. From their music I can tell that this is a band I won’t miss at the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival.
 

She came in like a storm across the great prairie skies / Promising to use her mind to make them realize / That the roots that were laid weren’t as strong as they had thought / She was a person though the writing said she’s not.

 

 

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Music: RURA

RURA

I’ve started to familiarize myself with some of the line up for the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival so for the next couple months I will likely be featuring bands from the line up. First up is RURA, they are a five man band from Glasgow, Scotland made up of Jack Smedley (Fiddle), Steven Blake (Bagpipes & Whistle), David Foley (Bodhran & Flute), Adam Holmes (Guitar & Vocals) and Adam Brown (Guitar). They had me at bagpipes, I love me some bagpipes and two great instrumental tunes for bagpipes by these strapping fellas are “Oran nan Mogaisean” and “Viva” off of their studio album Break It Up (2012). Watch for their new album Despite the Dark coming out in April 2015.

I love traditional music, call me a nerd but I was a ballerina and grew up listening to classical music and to this day I love it. I think that’s why I love the bagpipes and that celtic sound because it’s traditional and it has a passion and a culture behind it, I love that. If you want to hear some vocals I would highly recommend “Mary” and “Allegory”, you can hear their beautiful, beautiful accents.

Oh, Mary come and rest your bones / open your curtains and windows / my heart is heavy as a stone / and i don’t know much but i know this feels like home

 

 

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Music: Of Monsters And Men

Of Monsters And Men

I fell in love with Of Monsters And Men back in 2012 when I was checking out bands that were performing at Sasquatch! Festival that year. The song and video for “Little Talks“, off of their first studio album My Head is an Animal, was so different and captivating that I needed to know more! They are a five member band from Iceland made up of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (lead singer/guitarist), Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson (co-singer-guitarist), Brynjar Leifsson (guitarist), Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drummer) and Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bassist).

After the release of their first album we got another taste of their sound with “Silhouettes” on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack and since late last year they have been hinting at new music. It was confirmed last Wednesday that they would be releasing a single this week, yesterday they graced us with “Crystals” accompanied by a lyric video featuring the happiest man alive mouthing the words. i forgot how happy their music made me, Nanna’s voice is incredible and those drums! Their new album Beneath the Skin is set to be released on June 9th and the deluxe edition includes 15 tracks.
 

Cover your crystal eyes / And feel the tones that tremble down your spine / Cover your crystal eyes / And let your colours bleed and blend with mine

 

 

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Music: Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons

SURPRISE, the world has been blessed with a new Mumford & Sons album ! The UK band announced they were coming out with a new album last Monday titled Wilder Mind that will be released May 4th. One week later they released the albums first single titled, “Believe”. Do we need to ask if I’m in love?

The band is taking a new electric direction with their third studio album quite different . The song starts in old Mumford territory with a more folky slow pace and builds for the first two minutes until the halting electric guitar kicks in. The song concludes with upbeat, loud, powerful electric guitar, drums and bass. Overall the new sound is refreshing and it fits them, I think the reason it works so well is because they’ve kept their folk roots and you can tell that in this song.

Say something / Say something / Something like you love me.

 

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