READ FULL ARTICLE THANKS TO THE EAST MAGAZINE HERE: http://www.theeastmag.com/2017/02/24/music-video-cassie-maggie-release-hangman/
Fresh off their tour from everywhere else in the world, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald are about to hit their home turf for their official Atlantic Canadian Tour, the release of their album ‘The Willow Collection’, and a series of videos filmed by Jordan Mattie. ‘Hangman’ is the opening track from the album, and if you give it a listen you might recognize something familiar about it.
READ FULL ARTICLE THANKS TO THE EAST MAGAZINE HERE: http://www.theeastmag.com/2017/02/24/music-video-cassie-maggie-release-hangman/
Kayla Luky 'Back To Dirt' was the most played album on Stingray Roots channel for the month of January & is No 10 on Canada National Folk Roots Blues Chart!
The No 1 record played last month on Stingray Music roots channel was Kayla Luky #BackToDirt, it is also No 10 on Earshot Magazine National Top 10 Folk Roots Blues Chart this week. Thank you so much radio!
"Winning Searchlight  really helped me realize that I am on the right path. It helped me drop the 'I'm not good enough comparisons,' all the things that I was doing before. And, once you get rid of some of that ... it cleared up space to let me be who I am." – Desiree Dawson
Canadian singer-songwriter Desirée Dawson is pleased to announce the release of her debut full length album “Wild Heart”, available everywhere February 24th via Vintage Currency Music. This is the first offering from Dawson, a 26-year-old Surrey, BC native who quickly garnered national attention when she was named the winner of CBC Music’s Searchlight Competition last May. Already released, the lead single and title-track from “Wild Heart” is currently climbing the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart.
STREAM the first single “WILD HEART” HERE
With a musicality so layered and complex, Dawson was chosen from over 2000 musical acts in CBC Music’s Searchlight Competition – an annual search for the best undiscovered voice in Canada. Strumming her faithful ukulele all the way to the top, Dawson amazed the judges and audience (in studio and at home) with a stunning performance of “Hide” during the finale – a national prime-time broadcast last spring.
A rich concoction self-penned by Dawson, “Wild Heart” is a strikingly beautiful album that combines honest lyricism, humble talent and an eclectic mix of musical instruments from Dawson’s signature ukulele to the piano and violin. An impassioned lyricist, Dawson deeply believes in the powerful impact music can have on connection and healing, and how it can shift and shape a person’s mood, day and interactions with themselves and others. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of artists and styles, her rundown of her most listened to artists is varied and diverse, and she credits Des’ree, Natalie Cole, Adele, Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé as just a few of her musical influences growing up.
WATCH a live performance of “Hide” on CBC q HERE
WATCH CBC Music’s First Play Live with Desiree Dawson HERE.
Following her Searchlight win, Dawson saw a ton of support from CBC, appearing on Canada’s leading arts and culture program “q” and performing at the annual CBC Music Festival in Toronto. Other live appearances included a stop at the Surrey Fusion Festival, as well as opening slots for blues legend Jim Byrnes and reggae sensation Jah9. Dawson has notably been featured in Canadian Musician magazine as well as the December issue of CBC Music magazine alongside some of Canada’s most prominent artists.
Thanks to RED UMBRELLA PR for the above announce.
Spring 2017 Tour Dates:
March 6th @ Moksha yoga, Saskatoon
March 7th @ Capitol Music Club, Saskatoon
March 13th @ Moksha yoga, Toronto
March 16th @ Relish Bar & Grill, Toronto
March 20th @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
March 26th @ My Yoga (teaching & singing), Sudbury
March 27th @ Fromagerie, Sudbury
March 30th @ Speakeasy, Sudbury
April 1st @ Allen Street Hardware Cafe, Buffalo, NY (USA)
April 7th @ Joe’s Place, Greenville, SC
April 10th @ Eddie’s Attic, Atlanta
April 15th @ Mansion’s, Sandy Springs, Atlanta
April 22nd @ Decatur yoga, Atlanta
1. Intro 2:23
2. Honeydew 4:31
3. Wild Heart 3:59
4. Hey Brother 4:45
5. Without Your Love 5:56
6. Haunted 4:47
7. Where Do We Go 4:11
8. Call You Up 5:23
9. Beautiful Life 5:02
10. Outro 4:39
11. Hide 3:46
12. !? 14:03
Production: Konrad Abramowicz pka Konrad OldMoney
Songwriters : Desirée Dawson/ Konrad Abramowicz
Composers : Desirée Dawson / Konrad Abramowicz
For more information on Desirée Dawson please visit:
(February 23, 2017 - Toronto, ON) Folk Music Canada has packed up the showcase gear and returned to its Canadian home base after another successful edition of Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest folkconference and industry gathering, with more than 3000 attendees. While specific results are still being tabulated, the success of its #FMCTopNotch initiatives is evident and the impact on the Canadian folk music marketplace are significant.
With this fifth edition of presentations at Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Canada produced more than 40 showcases featuring 38 Canadian acts, and coordinated multiple international partnerships over the course of this music conference that took place from February 15 to 20 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Through its annual networking event, Folk Music Canadabrought together 40 exporting artists and Canadian industry members with 80 programmers, booking agents, and managers from across the USA, UK, Ireland and Australia.
New in 2017, Folk Music Canada worked with its fellow Canadian music industry associations, under the banner of the Pan-Canadian Initiative, to offer a networking brunch with B2B meetings. With more than 100 participants, the event facilitated 900 meetings between Canadian music entrepreneurs and key folk industry members from record labels, venues, festivals and organizations from the US, UK and Australia. Thanks to the Pan-Canadian Initiative members: Canadian Independent Music Association, Folk Music Ontario, East Coast Music Association, Music Ontario, Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, Music BC, Music NWT, Music PEI, Music NS, Music NL and Music-Musique NB.
With a strong brand and worldwide reputation, Canadian artists left very favourable impressions on the international marketplace. Lisa Schwartz from the Philadelphia Folk Festival, one of North America’s largest, and longest running, folk festivals indicated: “Folk Music Canada’s showcases have proven to be a treasure trove of fantastic musicians that never disappoints. I have discovered some of the most talented artists in this room and have seen and heard what are likely my favorite Folk Alliance International musical moments presented against the now-familiar red and white backdrop. Because of Folk Music Canada’s stellar efforts, we have booked several Canadian artists for the Philadelphia Folk Festival.”
Qualitative feedback from Canadian artist representatives also reflects these positive results. Nathalie Kleinschmidt, of Prairie Mix, a Winnipeg-based management group, offered the following feedback about the results working with her client singer-songwriter William Prince, a Winnipeg-based artist from the Peguis First Nation: “Thanks to the support of the Folk Music Canada team, our Folk Alliance International experience surpassed our expectations. We were able to turn contacts into contracts. We left with a record label and publishing deal, offers to perform in both Canada and the USA, and opportunities to collaborate with world-class artists. Perhaps more importantly, we found a sense of community and commitment that bodes well for our long-term business relations across the border.”
Additionally, digital marketing was a significant component of the #FMCTopNotch presentations, with SpinCount supporting this initiative as media sponsor. The analytics for Folk Music Canada’s social channels indicate that engagement throughout the conference was at an all-time high, totalling more than 460 000. Engagement reflected the export focus of this project, with highest clicks outside of Canada generated in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland.
To complement these showcasing activities, Folk Music Canada also created two SoundCloud streams (see below) to help promote the showcasing artists to delegates and programmers. During the 30 day campaign, more than 2200 plays were registered, with listeners primarily concentrated in the USA.
All of these #FMCTopNotch initiatives were made possible with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, FACTOR, The Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Folk Music Canada would also like to thank its #FMCTopNotch partners: Folk Music Ontario. Folk Alliance International, SpinCount, and Ear Trumpet Labs.
About Folk Music Canada:
Folk Music Canada is a membership organisation that supports and promotes the Canadian folk music community and its industry. We work to raise awareness about the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.
Folk Music Canada works to promote the excellence in Canadian Folk music to export markets through more than 150 international showcases presentations per year, and its export industry gathering, FolkNorth, taking place in Toronto from December 1 to 3, 2017.
Link to SoundCloud for all artists performing in the evening programming:
Link to SoundCloud for all artists performing as part of Crossing Borders: https://soundcloud.com/folkmusiccanada/sets/aaafolk-music-canada-crossing
Our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752012135113399/
List of Artists who performed for the 2017 Folk Music Canada Showcase at #FAI2017
Folk Music Canada Suite 534
Wednesday 10:30 PM David Newland ON
Wednesday 11:00 PM Meaghan Blanchard PE
Wednesday 11:30 PM Poor Nameless Boy SK
Wednesday 12:00 AM Mariel Buckley AB
Wednesday 12:30 AM James Hill & Anne Janelle NS
Wednesday 1:00 AM Ken Stead AB
Wednesday 1:30 AM Ten Strings and a Goat Skin PE
Thursday 2:00 PM ITR The Bombadils QC Ken Yates ON Jake Morley UK
Thursday 3:00 PM ITR Bobby Dove QC Abigail Lapell ON David Newland ON Eve Sheldon PA
Thursday 10:30 PM The Lonesome Ace Stringband ON
Thursday 11:00 PM Abigail Lapell ON
Thursday 11:30 PM The Young Novelists ON
Thursday 12:30 AM Dione Taylor and the Backsliderz ON
Thursday 1:00 AM Winona WIlde ON
Thursday 1:30 AM Ken Yates ON
Thursday 2:00 AM Brock Zeman ON
Thursday 2:30 AM Digging Roots ON
Friday 2:00 PM Oh Susanna ON Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage UK Sam Gleaves KY
Friday 3:00 PM Sussex QC Erin Costelo NS Malachi Graham WA
Friday 10:30 PM Ken Tizzard ON
Friday 11:00 PM William Prince MB
Friday 11:30 PM Dave Gunning NS
Friday 12:00 AM The Once NL
Friday 12:30 AM Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers NS
Friday 1:00 AM Belle Plaine SK
Friday 1:30 AM Sussex QC
Friday 2:00 AM Roger Roger MB
Friday 2:30 AM Lonely Heartstring Band BC
Saturday 2:00 PM Alysha Brilla ON Coco Love Alcorn ON Giri and Uma Peters TN
Saturday 3:00 PM William Prince MB Rachel Baiman TN Sam Baker TX
Saturday 10:30 PM Heather Rankin NS
Saturday 11:00 PM Scott Cook AB
Saturday 11:30 PM The Doll Sisters AB
Saturday 12:00 AM Erin Costelo NS
Saturday 12:30 AM Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys PE
Saturday 1:00 AM Cécile Doo-Kingué QC
Saturday 1:30 AM Ariana Gillis ON
Saturday 2:00 AM The Bombadils QC
Saturday 2:30 AM Slocan Ramblers ON
Bill & Joel Plaskett SOLIDARITY No 1 on Earshot National Canadian Folk Roots Blues Chart and No 5 on National Top 50!
Bill & Joel Plaskett new album Solidarity continues to climb charts and get added to new charts. Below are highlights of charting for February 21, 2017:
#1 Earshot National Folk/Roots/Blues
#1 CFRC Kingston Folk Roots chart
#1 CFRU Guelph Folk Roots Chart
#1 CJSR Edmonton Folk Roots Chart
#5 Earshot National Top-50
#1 CJSR Edmonton Top-30
#1 CKUA Edmonton, Calgary Top-30
!earshot The National Folk/Roots/Blues Chart For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 1 http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/index.cfm?intChartTypeID=107&dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CFRC 101.9 MHz - Kingston Folk/Roots/Blues For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 1 Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cfrc.cfm?intChartTypeID=7&dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CFRU 93.3 MHz - Guelph Folk/Roots/Blues For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 #1 Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cfru.cfm?intChartTypeID=7&dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CJAM 99.1 FM - Windsor Folk/Roots/Blues For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 6 Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cjam.cfm?intChartTypeID=7&dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CJSR 88.5MHz - Edmonton Folk/Roots/Blues For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 1 Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cjsr.cfm?intChartTypeID=7&dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CJUM 101.5 MHz - Winnipeg Folk/Roots/Blues For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 4 (5 lw) http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cjum.cfm?intChartTypeID=7&dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
!earshot The National Top 50 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 5 (#18 last week) Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/index.cfm?intChartTypeID=101&dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CFCR 90.5 MHz - Saskatoon Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 4 Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cfcr.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CFMH 107.3 MHz - Saint John Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 2 Solidarityhttp://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cfmh.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CFRC 101.9 MHz - Kingston Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 3 Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cfrc.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CFRU 93.3 MHz - Guelph Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 21 http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cfru.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CJLY 93.5 MHz - Nelson Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 17 Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cjly.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CJSR 88.5MHz - Edmonton Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 1 http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cjsr.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CJUM 101.5 MHz - Winnipeg Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 19 (23 lw) http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cjum.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CKDU 88.1 MHz - Halifax Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 4 (14 lw) http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/ckdu.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
CKUA 94.9 MHz - Edmonton Top 30 For the Week Ending: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 # 1 Solidarity http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/ckua.cfm?dWeekOfID=2017-02-21
THANK YOU RADIO!
(Halifax) SpinCount, the award winning PR and promotions firm based in Nova Scotia, is excited to be returning to the 29th Edition of Folk Alliance International, to support Canadian artists, conduct digital marketing and social media on sight for FMC, and to serve on the PR Power panel. Folk Alliance increases public awareness of #FolkMusic, and produces the world's largest conference for the folk community. This year’s conference is being held Feb 15-19, 2017 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, Kansas City, MO, USA.
SpinCount has attended yearly since 2015, supporting showcasing artists and handling publicity and on-site digital marketing for Folk Music Canada. Folk Music Canada activities include showcases, a reception, business networking brunch and festival style workshops, all taking place under the banner of #FMCTopnotch. FMC is hosting more than 40 showcase performances, the full schedule is available here.
This year SpinCount clients have both official and private showcases. Clients with official showcases are: Coco Love Alcorn, Dave Gunning, Dylan Menzie, Erin Costelo and The Once. SpinCount artists with private showcases are: Kayla Luky, Lion Bear Fox, Ken Yates, Kaia Kater and Roger Roger.
Join SpinCount;'s Kimberly Sinclair at the panel PR Power Friday, Feb 17, from 2:30pm-3:45pm in Pershing South room, where she is joined by panellists Maria Ivey (The Press House), Devon Leger (HearthPR), Hunter Scott (LaFamos), and Nick Loss Eaton (Nick Loss-Eaton Media). Panels are open to all FAI delegates, more info here.
SPINCOUNT showcasing artists @ FAI 2017
Official showcasing artists schedule:
Coco Love Alcorn - SAT 7:00pm, Brookside
Dave Gunning - SAT 8:45pm, Shawnee Mission
Dylan Menzie - WED 10:30pm, Pershing East/West
Erin Costelo - FRI 7:45pm, Pershing East/West
The Once - SAT 8:00pm, Century C
Private showcasing artists schedule:
Kayla Luky, presented by Anderson Fair, WED 1:10 am in Suite 634
Lion Bear Fox*, presented by BreakOut West, THUR 10:50 pm in Suite 554
Ken Yates, presented by Folk Music Canada, THUR 2:00 pm in Suite 534
Roger Roger, presented by The Alberta Room, THUR 10:30 pm in Suite 707
Kaia Kater*, presented by the House of Songs, FRI 12:00 am in Suite 641
*please see schedule for additional private showcases
All showcases to take place in host hotel, Westin Crowne Centre, Kansas City, E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108-2503, United States.
FAI 2017 conference: http://www.folkconference.org/index.html
FAI 2017 conference schedule: http://www.folkconference.org/daytime.html
FAI 2017 official showcasing artists: http://www.folkconference.org/official.html
FAI 2017 ALL showcases schedule: http://www.folkconference.org/evening.html
About FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL
The mission of Folk Alliance International is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community - traditional and contemporary, amateur and professional - through education, advocacy and performance.
Founded in 2008, SpinCount is an award winning promotions and publicity company based on the East Coast of Canada. Awarded 2016 ECMA for Company of the Year and 2014 MNS Award for Company of the Year, we promote music, artists and events. Follow @spincount or “like” us on facebook.
CASSIE AND MAGGIE MACDONALD ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF ‘THE WILLOW COLLECTION’ AND 2017 MARITIME TOUR DATES
[HALIFAX] Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie MacDonald announce the release of their latest album, “The Willow Collection” and Maritime album tour dates. Cassie & Maggie are lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic Roots music. No wonder Live Ireland Radio awarded them their prestigious “Female Singer of the Year” award in 2016.
The band has been awarded numerous awards, including Live Ireland Radio’s 2015 “New Group of the Year;” Chicago Irish-American Newspaper’s “Female Vocal Album of the Year;” the Independent Music Awards "World Song of the Year" nomination; as well as recipients of multiple Canadian Folk Music, East Coast Music, and Music Nova Scotia Award nominations.
Cassie and Maggie are ready to embark on a Maritime album launch tour, which kicks off at The Old Triangle in Halifax on March 3. The Willow Collection was produced by Cassie and Maggie MacDonald with Dave Gunning and Alex Meade.
"Be it their foot percussion accompanying driving Nova Scotian sets, or their perfect blend of sibling harmonies, added to a stunning interplay with various instruments, a musical evening spent with Cassie and Maggie is a great night, altogether... Their new album, The Willow Collection "showcases not only their musical ability, but the depth and variety of their musicianship" (LiveIreland.com).
“Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie are among the top musical acts in demand on the Irish/American/Canadian scene” (Irish Music Magazine)
“If Cassie and Maggie's reason for titling this album The Willow Collection was to attach the aura of human emotion to the music, they did right, the songs ranging from heartbreakingly beautiful and soft to loud and boisterous” - FRANK GUTCH JR. (No Depression)
CASSIE AND MAGGIE MARITIME TOUR
March 3 @ 8:00pm - Album Launch Concert, Old Triangle (Upstairs), Halifax, NS
March 4 @ 7:30pm Album Launch Concert, Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Judique, Cape Breton (NS)
March 5 @ 3:00pm Album Launch Concert, St. James United Church, Antigonish, NS
March 10 @ 7:30pm Album Launch Concert, Old Triangle (Upstairs), Charlottetown, PEI
March 11 @ 8:00pm Album Launch Concert, Empress Theatre, Moncton, NB
March 12 @ 7:00pm Album Launch Concert, West Dublin Hall, LaHave, NS
TRACK LISTING (Time/Songwriter/composers)
1. Hangman: 4:05 (Trad. arr Cassie and Maggie. Instrumental-Cassie MacDonald)
2. Seileach (Shal-lock): 3:17 (Lyrics- Lewis MacKinnon. Melody- Paul Cranford, C. MacDonald)
3. Let no man steal your thyme: 4:15 (Trad. arr, Cassie and Maggie)
4. Strip the Willow set: 4:35 (Hanneke Cassell, Mark Stewart, Peter Tickell)
5. Blue Willow: 3:03 (trad)
6. Willow Lullaby: 3:11 (Cassie and Maggie, Kevin Evens)
7. The Salley Gardens set: 4:57 (Trad, Allan MacDonald)
8. Nobleman's Wedding: 4:52 (trad, David Foley)
9. Down in the Willow Garden: 4:57 (trad)
10. The Willow hits: 3:59 (Jonny Cash, trad, A. Block, D, Hecht)
11. Turn me gentle when I'm dying: 2:00 (trad)
Album produced by Cassie and Maggie MacDonald with Dave Gunning (Wee House of Music co.) and Alex Meade (Mustache Music)
CASSIE AND MAGGIE MACDONALD SOCIALS
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