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Christine Evans
Take Me Home (single)

"Take Me Home" is a sensitive narrative about feeling alone and isolated. It is driven by a powerful melody and Christine's heartfelt vocal. "Time For Me" has an even more addictive pop hook launching another insightful lyric about being free and independent. As Evans explains, the song's strong messege is I can make it without some guy. Includes Bonus DVD and French version of the Single

Joni Mitchell Clouds

CD (October 25, 1990)
Original Release Date: May 1969
Label: Warner Brothers

Grammy for Best Folk Performance or Best Folk Recording.

Joni Mitchell's second album contains the first manifestations of her artistic brilliance. Where her debut, Song to a Seagull, has hints of greatness, Clouds displays the real thing. With her newfound control on melody and lyrical economy, she delivers songs that are readily accessible, instantly hummable, and virtually timeless. Her hippie excesses are still in view ("Songs to Aging Children Come" is untamed), but, for the most part, she has found her voice. "Both Sides Now" has become a lite-FM staple (thanks to Judy Collins's cover). While songs such as the incredibly idyllic "Tin Angel" (nicely covered by Tom Rush on his classic Circle Game), "Chelsea Morning," and "I Don't Know Where I Stand" have become modern folk standards. --Rob O'Connor

Kristine Oudot
Texada Tides

Beautiful harmonies blended together, carry you into scenes of life on a small coastal island in British Columbia, Canada. Kristine Oudot is a folk singer-songwriter living with her family on Texada Island, BC where she has fallen in love with the Coast and composed 12 beautiful songs for her first CD. Songs such as the Call Of The Loon set at a pristine lake, Wings To Fly, a song of hope, Journey Of Joy for her children and the title song Texada Tides, for the rhythm of the ocean at her doorstep are examples of this recording of beauty and joy. This collection of original songs is beautiful folk music from the West Coast of BC. ….. "Texada Tides contains local gems of wisdom but also feelings of a wider world. Deeply rooted to the island, Kristine's lyrics and music reflect the calmness and peace which she has absorbed by living here. She writes about what she knows, Love, people, nature, beauty and God. Folk music or easy listening, her music defies categorization. Songwriting is therapy, release for her creativity and imagination. Like all good artists, she has a lot to give." …… Brin Wilson, 'Arts Scene', "Powell River News"

Linda Mcrae Cryin out loud

Leaving Spirit of the West may have been a hard decision, but as it turns out, it was a good one. Linda McRae continues to stretch her wings and is developing into a helluva performer. It ain't just the pipes, which have always been impressive, but slowly it becomes clear that McRae has a knack for writing deliciously memorable rockin' twang. Surrounded by a crackerjack band that bring the material to life, McRae ups the excellent ante that the Sadies have started with their line of exceptional Canadiana. I am now standing, hand over heart, belting out the anthem!

© 2002 - John Sekerka

Mae Moore Funny

CD (April 23, 2002)
Original Release Date April 23, 2002
PRC1122

Decked out in a black hat against a red background, a smiling Mae Moore gives the appearance of someone who enjoys making music. The cover also puts the listener in the right the frame of mind for the 48 minutes of animated music on It's a Funny World. Moore's vocals and the arrangements quickly bring to mind Joni Mitchell circa 1974, but not in a way that seems derivative. As with Court and Spark, full production provides lush support for Moore's self-penned songs. This spacious sound creates a certain depth and richness on pieces like the title cut and "Love Will Bring You Back" that is quite at odds with the more common roots approach used by many singer/songwriters. "Red Clay Hills" builds a resonant sound out of no more than acoustic guitars and dense percussion, while the pianos and guitars of "Who Knows" fashion an easygoing rhythm worthy of Laura Nyro. The smart arrangements dress up Moore's well-written lyrics into beautifully crafted pop songs with a hint of jazz, guaranteeing a satisfying listening experience. It's a Funny World qualifies as Moore's first release in the United States since 1995's Dragonfly. The strength of the material and vocals, however, make the album seem less like a comeback than a solid release from an experienced performer. With It's a Funny World, Moore has crafted a fine album that should please anyone who appreciates expressive vocals and a faultless blending of folk, pop, and jazz. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., All Music Guide

Marcelle Nokony
No Strings Attached

Style: Classical
Released: 2000
Producers: Marcelle Nokony & Dave Davies
Recorded: GSC Records, Salt Spring Island & Magiclab, Surrey, B.C.

Label: GSC Records Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcelle Nokony has played on stages across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has played in symphony Orchestras, and at foot-stompin', kick-ass hoe-downs.

From a Lullaby to "Orange Blossom Special", Marcelle sizzles when she plays! The versatility of this extremely talented musician has to be heard to be believed. The image on the CD cover, in which the fiddle player is reflected in the mirror as a symphony violin player, is a perfect analogy of Marcelle's huge range of talents.

As a special treat, Valdy wrote and sings on Marcelle's arrangement of "Pachelbel's Canon"! This all-time favorite has been recorded dozens of times, but this is the first time it's ever been recorded with words!

For the purist, there's an instrumental version of this classic as well. There's something for everyone on this CD.

Melanie Hebert
moments to arise

Melanie Jane Hebert visits and performs on Vancouver Island annually. 2 of her songs " Tofino " and " Georgia Street Bus " were inspired by the beauty of the island and its people. Track 7 " Stumble " is dedicated to Ric Lafontaine. 

Melisa Devost
Click

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melisa Devost is a singer/songwriter from Hornby Island BC. Her songs include soft fingerstyle ballads, fast acoustic grooves and straight up blues and gospel. Alone or with a rhythm section, when she sings it is powerful, genuine, and comes from someplace deep.

Click is Melisa Devost's debut album. Released in August of 2002, Click consists of six tracks, two of which were recorded live in Nanaimo and feature Ken Whiteley.

Overall, Melisa demonstrates the diversity of her talent and the evolution of her writing on this album.

Melisa began singing at a young age and was performing in musicals by the age of 8. She honed her skill studying classical voice in her teens. Soon after, she began exploring a variety of music to unlearn her classical training.

"I grew up listening to everything from cheesy pop to folk to punk to blues and jazz and I like it all. When I started singing the blues it felt like I had come home."
Living in Ireland, Melisa became interested in traditional Irish music and sang at many music sessions in pubs. It was around this time that she began to play guitar and write her own material.

She studied jazz at Malaspina College in Nanaimo where she was taught by Pat Coleman and Myron Makepeace. Melisa has also learned from people like Marc Atkinson, Ken Whiteley and Rick Fines. Despite all this, she still considers herself to be mostly self taught.

Melissa Hill
Across and Back

A Vancouver born musician with a Bachelor of music from U.B.C., witha major in piano performance, Melissa is a consummate professional with a style all her own. Already with one successful EP to her credit, and a full length album of original music, she is poised to take the Canadian music scene by storm.
Her music is a blend of standards and originals, largely influenced by the earlier styles of composers such as Gershwin, Porter, Ravel, Evans, Tyner and Hancock, all given a unique modern twist. Her vocal influences range from Holly Cole, to Cassandra Wilson, to Liz Wright, and Sarah McLachlan. She seamlessly weaves old and new to create her distinct sound.
A seasoned performer Melissa has entertained audiences across the globe with her unique blend of Jazz and Pop.
Her seasoned quintet consists of four Montr? based musicians with extensive experience in the music industry. From composing, to arranging, to producing, and with performances at major festivals around Canada, Europe, and Asia, these musicians have done it all. Her new album, "Across and Back" is truly a Pan-Canadian album, reflecting the wonderful diversity of this great nation.
Melissa Hill is a rising talent in the Canadian music scene. A woman destined for greatness, her music can be gentle or powerful, simple or complex, but no matter what, it is always unforgettable.

Merisa Donoghue
Finally Come Home