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Cathy Miller

Cathy Miller has long been known as one of Canada's most spectacular singers. Her evocative interpretations get to the heart of any songs she sings. She's an engaging performer who doesn't hesitate to throw in a little humour to good effect, in between the songs about the human quest for love, acceptance and understanding. She has been blessed with a voice that can "ring out across a field", and bring an audience to tears, or laughter. And she is a wonderful storyteller.

Over the last 20+ years of her career, Cathy has performed at many folk festivals, clubs, and concerts from coast to coast in Canada. She is known for her upbeat performances, which have made her a favourite at many events.

In 2000, she was recognized in Australia, where she was awarded a national songwriting Special Merit award by the Australian Heritage Commission. She released this song on a CD single called "Grand Old Duchess". It was named one of Macca's "Top 10 Songs of 2000" in January 2001. She has also toured extensively in North America and Australia to quilting guilds around the country, with her CD "One Stitch at a Time", released in September 2000. In 2002 she released her second CD of quilting songs, and continues an extremely active tour schedule with her husband, John Bunge.

There are seven Cathy Miller recordings currently available

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Cathy Miller
Dance Beneath the Moon

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Cathy Miller's third recording (1991) was produced after Cathy moved from Ottawa to Calgary. Produced by (then) CBC producer Les Siemieniuk, it features songs about people: the homeless, the disenfranchised, the abused. The title track is a beautiful "beginning love" song, and has been sung at more than one wedding (including Cathy's). Other songs include: "Living in the Martinique" (written after reading Johnathan Kozol's "Rebecca and Her Children") , "I Had A House" (also written about the Kozol book), "Desert Dancing" (flies and sand and sun, and the importance of rain), "Empty in the Sunrise" (Boy meets girl. Girl falls in love. Boy gets on Greyhound bus and goes far away), "No Point of View" (an attempt to describe how it feels to be trapped in an abusive marriage), "Indian Summer" (dedicated to the Lonefighters of southern Alberta).

Produced by Les Siemieniuk
Cathy Miller - acoustic guitar and vocals
Ron Casat - piano and keyboards
Dave Hamilton - electric and acoustic guitars
Jack Hiles - drums and percussion
John Hyde - electric and acoustic bass
Karl Roth - electric and acoustic violin

All songs by Cathy Miller except "Smith Boys" - Mary Simpson


 

Trilogy Two Thousand Years of Christmas

The Soundtrack featuring Cathy Miller, Eileen McGann, Richard K.  (Dragonwing Music/Festival)

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"Two Thousand Years of Christmas" is a musical celebration of the history and spirit of Christmas, featuring the voices of three of Canada 's best singer/songwriters: Eileen McGann, David K., and Cathy Miller. They are known collectively as "Trilogy" . Rare and wonderful music from the last 20 centuries of Yuletide celebrations are featured in this recording. Trilogy is known for spectacular harmonies, multi -instrumentals, and an engaging presentation style.

Between1994 and 2001, Trilogy toured the show "Two Thousand Years of Christmas" each November and December to an ever-increasing audience. The three performers in the show, who each have separate music careers in non-Yuletide seasons, have been amazed and delighted at how this show touches audiences and enables them to enjoy their own Christmas celebrations even more - from bah-humbuggers to the deeply religious

The first half of the CD features early songs, one dating back to the 14th century, wassails and the more familiar Huron Carol and Coventry Carol. The second half is comprised of more modern music, some of which was written by members of Trilogy. The music features Trilogy's spectacular harmonies and multi-instrumentals.

This is a Christmas concert with a difference. Not just the sound of three voices with a magical blend. Not just the joy of learning new sing -alongable Christmas songs. Audience members have thanked us over the years for redefining Christmas to them, for bringing back the meaning to our customs, and for helping them enrich their holiday season with music never played in shopping malls.

The three members of Trilogy developed "Two Thousand Years of Christmas" so that they could sing together once a year. Eileen McGann, originally from Ontario, has been called a national treasure for her extraordinary singing and songwriting in the Celtic tradition, and has toured internationally for many years . She is a 2002 Juno nominee for her recording "Beyond the Storm". Her Masters in Medieval History has been invaluable in researching traditions for this show. David K., born in BC, is a talented multi-instrumentalist, primarily working in country and bluegrass music, and runs a recording studio. Cathy Miller , with a long history of songwriting, performing and theatre, is known for her spectacular singing voice and is currently touring the world singing for quilters, thanks to her sixth CD "One Stitch at a Time". She is also originally from Ontario . Together, Trilogy brings over 60 years of performing experience to the stage.

Trilogy is currently taking a break from this show to pursue their own interests.

Here are the songs:

ACT ONE

O Magnum Mysterium 14th century Vittoria
Down in Yon Forest - traditional English
Gloucester Wassail - traditional English
Brightest and Best - Reginal Heber, 1811
Coventry Carol - Robert Croo, 1534
Cherry Tree Carol - Child Ballad #54
Huron Carol - Father Jean de Brebouf
Who's the Fool Now? - traditional English
Dona Nobis Pacem - Palestrina, 16th century
Light from the Lighthouse - American spiritual, additional lyrics by Trilogy

ACT TWO

Tonight is for Christmas - Cathy Miller
Turn It Around - Eileen McGann
New Star Shining - Ricky Skaggs and James Taylor (Hall and Hall, writers)
Snow Shanty - Eileen McGann, based on traditional melody
Christmas in the Trenches - John McCutcheon
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Dr. Seuss/Albert Hague
Rejoice! Rejoice! - Eileen McGann

Cathy Miller Living For The Stars

acoustic swing with a whole lot of fun!