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“Skydiggers record covers of great Canadian artists
Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Linda McRae and Neil Young.”
(quote from Montreal Gazette, Metro Winnipeg, Nova Scotia Herald and Post Media News July 2013)
It’s no accident the current buzz surrounding Linda McRae is building. Linda’s new release Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts nominated by the Canadian Folk Music Awards for Contemporary Album of the Year has been on the Roots Music Report Charts for 42 straight weeks.
Produced by Linda and Marc L’Esperance featured performers include The Sojourners, Doug Cox, Gurf Morlix, Ray Bonneville and Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas). Charting #1 at CKUA, #4 Top Canadian Album, #1 & 2 Top Canadian Songs (Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts/Be Your Own Light) and #8 Top Canadian Artists on the Folk DJ’s list the recording also earned 5* reviews in No Depression and Rock Star Weekly, and 4.5* in Penguin Eggs. All this and the recent inclusion of Linda’s song Burning Bridges on the The Skydiggers most recent CD confirms the buzz is definitely building.
Earning two-platinum and three gold records as a member of Spirit of the West Linda left the band to resume her solo career and has since released four critically acclaimed recordings: Flying Jenny with producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan), Cryin’ Out Loud, producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier), Carve It To The Heart producers Linda McRae and Marc L’Esperance and her fourth release as mentioned above.
Performing on clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and porchboard stompbox, Linda combines old-time sounds with universal themes of heartbreak & redemption offering an intriguing sepia postcard from the past that is vibrant and alive in the present. Recordings and performances with musical luminaries include Bruce Cockburn, Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Gurf Morlix, and Ray Waylie Hubbard.
Recent performance include Plainsong Festival NE, Yukon Arts Centre, Vancouver Island Music Festival BC; South Country Fair AB; Barbican Theatre UK; Maverick Festival UK; The Bluebird Café TN; and New Folsom Prison, California’s infamous maximum-security prison where she performed in concert and facilitated writing workshops for the inmates. These workshops lead to the creation of her EXPRESS YOURSELF Writing Workshops currently being presented in detox centres, alternative schools, and youth and adult correctional facilities across North America.
For more information on these workshops please visit http://lindamcrae.com/writing_workshops
Linda has partnered with the following festivals in order to present her workshop as part of their community outreach programs: 2013: Plainsong Festival NE, South Country Fair AB, Coldsnap Festival BC; and also booked in 2014: Hamburg Music Fest NY, Vancouver Island Music Fest BC.
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