Sunday, October 12, 2008

CBC Radio 2 and True North Records present THE CANADIAN SONGBOOK, with Murray McLauchlan, Stephen Fearing, Catherine MacLellan, Paul Quarrington (Toronto) and Lynn Miles (Ottawa), sharing songs and stories in an intimate acoustic setting.

Sat., Dec 27, 9 PM, at the Music Hall in Toronto
Sun., Dec 28, 8 PM, at Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa


Murray McLauchlan is a multiple Juno award winner and a member of the Order of Canada. He began performing in coffee houses around Toronto’s Yorkville area in the 1960s. Mclauchlan has released 18 albums, has had songs covered by the likes of Tom Rush, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings, he has hosted a weekly radio program on CBC, is an avid lover of aviation and is considered to be one of the most important figures in Canadian folk music.

Stephen Fearing released his debut recording over 20 years ago and has since earned a loyal following throughout North America and internationally. He has released eight solo recordings and is a member of roots, folk super group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. The incredible quality of work produced over Stephen Fearing’s two decades plus career has earned him a West Coast Music Award for Best Folk Music Recording and a Juno Award in 2007 for his solo recording, Yellowjacket.

Catherine MacLellan is a Maritimes-based singer-songwriter whose music is steeped in the Canadian folk tradition and whose songs are hauntingly intimate and powerful. MacLellan has won six PEI Music Awards and earned multiple East Coast Music award nominations in 2006 and 2007. Her work is characteristic of the work of many of the singer/songwriters Catherine cites as influences and inspirations - artists such as Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith, and Townes Van Zandt. Catherine’s new album, Church Bell Blues, was voted “Critics Favorite New Discoveries” in Canadian folk magazine Penguin Eggs.

Lynn Miles grew up in a musical home and has been a musical force since she was a baby. Her mother recalled once that she knew when Lynn had finally fallen asleep in her crib: Lynn stopped singing. Miles’ career has seen her move from Ottawa to Nashville to Los Angeles and back to Ottawa again. She won a Juno award in 2003 for her CD, Unravel, and a Canadian Folk Award for the CD, Love Sweet Love, in 2005. Appearing in Ottawa concert only.

Paul Quarrington is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, clarinet, squeeze box, bass, harp, and piano. He is also the author of the Governor General's Award-winning novel, Whale Music. Quarrington currently performs with the acclaimed blues-based group, Porkbelly Futures. Appearing in Toronto concert only.

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Media Contact:
Sarah French
True North Records
905-278-8883, Ext. 234


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