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CANCELLED – Ferron

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August 1, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

25$ - 27.50$

Opening set by
Amy Campbell

Canadian folk singer/songwriter and poet, Ferron is one of the world’s most influential writers and performers of women’s music.

Part Cree and Ojibway Indian, Ferron grew up in the Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada. The eldest of seven children, she was tossed between foster homes, her mother and an abusive stepfather. Her mother’s French Canadian family inspired her to sing and write from an early age. She ran away at age 15, and describes leaving home with only a shopping bag of stuff: “I was 15. In my shopping bag I had a change of clothes, a toothbrush, my A&W uniform, and a Leonard Cohen album. No record player.” Ferron has gone one to become one of Canada’s most famous and enduring folk singers.

Ferron has released 16 albums, some from her own labels, Lucy Records and Cherrywood Station Records. She worked briefly with Warner Brother Records, a relationship that quickly soured, which sent the artist into isolation for several years.

“I flew in a lot of planes, drove a lot of cars, saw a lot of motels and ate a lot of backstage food. Life was grand except for one thing…how does one breathe in and breathe out at the same time? I’ve been asked what happened between 1986 and 1990, where did I go. And for me it was a time when I had to stop and take stock and remember myself and remember where I came from, and find the deep well that I was used to tapping into and fight the urge to become a parody of myself. People would call with show ideas and I learned to say no, learned to make bread and walk all over the island I lived on. I learned to value myself off a stage.”

“Turning into Beautiful,” was recorded with her band in 2005. “Boulder,” was produced by Bitch and released on Bitch’s label, Short Story Records in 2008. Her latest CD, “Girl on a Road” is a live recording featuring a reunion concert with her long-time touring band. It was released in 2011.

In recent years Ferron has offered writing workshops and creativity retreats, both at the Fen Sanctuary and at locations throughout North America. This August, 2012, she will celebrate her 60th birthday with a concert at her home in Three Rivers Michigan. In August she will also host her fifth annual Fen fest event, a week-long creativity workshop featuring daily talk circles, quiet reflection in the woods and on the river, and daily sharing of participants’ creative work.

 

Amy Campbell brings together classical training and folk sensibilities to create music that reaches into human experience and comes back with stories written from the soul. Devoted equally to lyrical craft, innovative musicianship, and engaging performances, Amy’s 15 years of writing, composing, and touring have cemented her position in hearts and playlists across the world.

Amy has just completed a FACTOR-supported recording project produced by the incomparable Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, The Rheostatics, Karyn Ellis). Letters Home  features performances by Ben Whiteley (New Country Rehab, The Good Lovelies) on upright bass,  Jaron-Freeman Fox (The David Woodhead Confabulation, Delhi 2 Dublin) and Mary McGeer (The Talisker Players Chamber Orchestra) on strings, Jeff Heisholt (The Trews, Pete Elkas) on organs,  David Matheson (Moxy Fruvous, Barenaked Ladies) on piano and guest vocals by Rose Cousins . Don’s arrangements are simple and tight, and beautifully complement Amy’s signature rythmic guitar compositions and thought-provoking, heart-rending lyrics.

Amy Campbell brings together classical training and folk sensibilities to create music that reaches into human experience and comes back with stories written from the soul. Devoted equally to lyrical craft, innovative musicianship, and engaging performances, Amy’s 15 years of writing, composing, and touring have cemented her position in hearts and playlists across the world.

Amy has just completed a FACTOR-supported recording project produced by the incomparable Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, The Rheostatics, Karyn Ellis). Letters Home  features performances by Ben Whiteley (New Country Rehab, The Good Lovelies) on upright bass,  Jaron-Freeman Fox (The David Woodhead Confabulation, Delhi 2 Dublin) and Mary McGeer (The Talisker Players Chamber Orchestra) on strings, Jeff Heisholt (The Trews, Pete Elkas) on organs,  David Matheson (Moxy Fruvous, Barenaked Ladies) on piano and guest vocals by Rose Cousins . Don’s arrangements are simple and tight, and beautifully complement Amy’s signature rythmic guitar compositions and thought-provoking, heart-rending lyrics.

Letters Home was released in July, 2012 with a sold-out CD release show at the Carleton in Halifax and a packed house at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.

Amy’s 2008 album and book project – Oh Heart, Oh Highway –  was released with a successful tour, including appearances at the Halifax Pop Explosion, Toronto’s Cameron House, The BobCat concert series (Ottawa) and the legendary Yellow Door Coffeehouse (Montreal). New fans were drawn in by the album’s cinematic narratives, and ambitious artistic vision; as evidenced in March 2009, when Oh Heart, Oh Highway reached #1 on the coveted and influential Galaxie Folk/Roots chart.

Years of touring have led to several noteworthy appearances: Amy has performed as a supporting act to Penny Lang, Veda Hille, Justin Rutledge, Old Man Luedecke, and Thea Gilmore (in the UK); toured as support for Emm Gryner; and is a regular at noteworthy folk venues Club Passim (Boston), Hugh’s Room (Toronto), and The Blacksheep Inn (Wakefield, QC). Festival appearances include “The Stan Rogers Festival” (Nova Scotia), “The Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival” (Boston), “Ladyfest NY” (New York), an MPress Records showcase at the IndieGrrl Festival (Nashville), The Amherst Island Folk Festival (Ontario), and Island Folk Festival (Victoria, BC).

Amy’s work is supplemented by her community activism – Over the last six years she created an independent music program for participants at Sketch (Toronto working arts studio for homeless and street-involved youth), with whom she works regularly and intensely. She also has ongoing roles in such projects as Babes for Breasts (touring concert in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation), The Music Project (a songwriting program for teens at Camp Trillium), and Youth Without Shelter – a homeless shelter in Toronto, where she guides at-risk youth through a process of songwriting and recording.

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Date:
August 1, 2013
Time:
8:30 pm
Cost:
25$ - 27.50$
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