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Recovering Folky..

February 25, 2015

It’s been 3 days since the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City wrapped. I hopped right back into reality and was back at the good ol’ day job at the YW bright and early Monday morning. I’ve been a glassy eyed zombie and I keep telling myself I’m going to be responsible and get to bed at a decent hour each night, but after four nights of being up til 4am watching and playing showcase after showcase.. I’m finding it hard to close my eyes any earlier than 1am! I’m officially a recovering folky.

This was my second Folk Alliance (I attended on a FACTOR Songwriting Grant in 2012 in Memphis), but my first official showcase and the most private showcases I’ve ever been invited to play. I was thrilled to be a part of the Alberta Room – presented by Bow Valley Music Club, the BreakOut West Room and the Folk Music Canada Room. I played in a handful of rounds with lovely fellow Albertans Lizzy Hoyt and Rebecca Lappa, as well as with Danny Oliver from Saskatchewan and Quinn Bachand’s Brishen from BC. What a treat to play with these phenomenal artists.

A few highlights (in no particular order because the days all blur together):



For anyone who has attended a music conference of any kind, you’ll agree with me that it is an amazing place to check out new artists and be filled up to the brim with inspiration and excitement about music. We discovered tons of new music but my top three that I’ve been listening to since I got home are:

  1. Freddy & Francine We stumbled upon Lee & Bianca (their real names) accidentally while arriving early to see Kyle Ried’s band. They literally nearly blew our heads off with their HUGE beautiful strong vocals and insane chemistry. Check them out.
  2. The Stray Birds *In particular their song “Best Medicine” also the title track of their newest album.
  3. The Currys I love me some family band music! These brothers + a cousin had their official showcase right before me and were super fun and infectious.

Brent (my brother in law who was playing with me) and I are huge foodies so we also checked out some sweet local cuisine. Delicious breakfast/brunch joint called Succotash (we went twice) and an incredible bistro called Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange. Basically this place blew our minds. Steak tartare, Rabbit Liver, Orchichette Pasta and Veal Sweetbreads. BOOM.

Anyways if you couldn’t already tell, we had an insanely good time in Kansas City. Thank you so much to Alberta Music, Bow Valley Music Club, Folk Music Canada, the Folk Alliance International for inviting me to showcase and FACTOR for much much appreciated funding. Here’s hoping we can make next year (with another wee babe coming along shortly) work!