Saskia Munroe was born and raised in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She immigrated to Canada in 1975 and moved with her family, to northern British Columbia where she explored her new environment and language before embarking upon a full time career in music. Although Saskia's early musical career was influenced by contemporary folk artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Emmy Lou Harris and Joan Baez, she realized that her real passion lay in writing original songs that melded the traditions of her European homeland with the frontier spirit of Northern British Columbia. This discovery led her to embark upon a musical career that would span 20 years and find her performing throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Saskia believes her music is best described as an effort to reconcile her experience as an immigrant coming from the rich historical mosaic that is Europe with the exuberant vitality of Canada's north country. She says. " Although I love everything about Canada deeply and consider it my home now, I find that I have to return periodically to Holland to reconnect with my roots and reassure myself it's all still there. My song "Two Countries" best describes how I feel when it says, two countries are pulling me ever so strong".
The MusiciansSaskia Munroe - Lead Vocals & BassDeborah Senger - Harmony VocalsAggie Koop - Harmony VocalsLori Holford - Harmony Vocals & FluteNathan Tinkham - GuitarJohn Towell -Bass, Digideroo & GuitarMyran Zott - FiddleSteve Saba - PianoDwain Sands - KeysPaul Rumbolt - Harmony Vocals
Saskia Munroe - Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals & Bass
Nathan Tinkham - Guitar & Dobro
Molly Newman - Percussion
Caridwen Irvine - Fiddle
Michael Brooks - Mandolin
A CHRISTMAS DREAM CD PROJECT FOR B.C. FOOD BANKS A Christmas Dream CD is a unique collaboration featuring 11 original and traditional Christmas songs from legendary Canadian musicians Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard, B.C. singer/songwriters Nathan Tinkham and Saskia Munroe and songwriter Darrel Delaronde. Created to raise money for B.C. food banks, the recording presents a musical feast that is destined to become a Christmas classic. Inspired by the annual Huron Carol tour, this project was born when Saskia Munroe contacted her favorite B.C. musicians and asked if they had any original Christmas songs to contribute to a fundraising CD for B.C. foodbanks. The response was immediate and enthusiastic and the recording quickly turned into a collaboration with Valdy, Fjellgaard and Munroe providing harmonies to each other’s songs and Tinkham adding his award-winning guitar throughout. From Valdy’s jazzy Secret Santa to Fjellgaard and Munroe’s moving version of I Saw Three Ships, this CD is a seamless blend of original and traditional songs. All the musicians have donated 100% of their talent and time to create this CD.The enthusiasm of the musicians is matched by the support of the small southeastern B.C. town of Revelstoke where Munroe and her co-executive producer, Krista Stovel, are based. From garage sales to fundraising concerts all of the monies raised has come from local individuals, businesses, service clubs and foundations. The beautiful painting on the CD cover was created by local artist David S. Walker and the Revelstoke Arts Council is sponsoring the project. Through Revelstoke’s community spirit the producers were able to raise all the money needed to produce and manufacture the CD so that 100% of the profits will go to the food banks where the CDs are sold. ($18 to food banks and $2 to go back into remanufacturing.)In November 2002, there will be concerts in Revelstoke and Invermere to raise money for local food banks through concert proceeds and CD sales. A tour reaching more communities will take place next year. The goal for A Christmas Dream is to raise funds and awareness of the important role the food banks play in each community and create a recording that will generate income for B.C. food banks long past it’s release in 2002. If you would like more information please contact Krista Stovel at: ph: 1.250.837.3515 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org