APRIL — MAY 2016 Issue
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  April/May 2016 cover by Sam Neal.

Riley Hill :: Mortfell Recording

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By Rob Hill

Finding time amongst preparations for a western tour with his band Mulligrub, J. Riley Hill and I found a moment for a beer on Sherbrook to discuss his recording business, Mortfell Recording and career as a local recording engineer.

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Live Review :: Jay Arner, Cannon Bros. Supermoon, Sam Singer

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By Daniel Colussi
From The Handsome Daughter, July 16th 2016

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An Interview with Emma Mayer and Ian Ellis of iansucks

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By Laura Friesen

“This is the scared part of our lives, the part that doesn’t know what to do” Continue Reading »

Jennifer Castle at The Winnipeg Folk Festival

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By Daniel Colussi
Jennifer Castle is a jewel in the crown of contemporary Canadian songwriters and performers.  Over the course of four albums Castle has developed a singular and fascinating voice, one that draws on elements of traditional folk and blues as well as the classic sun-dappled melancholy of the 1970’s California singer-songwriter greats.  Castle’s music is sturdy and reliable, like a well-loved pair of Spanish leather boots – timeless and not beholden to trends or fads or retro-grade worship of bygone eras or haircuts.  In particular, her last album Pink City represents a remarkable leap forward in her progression not only as a songwriter but also as a recording artist.  It’s a gorgeous, probing and melancholic album. Since the release of said album, Castle has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, both solo and backed up by an ensemble of musician friends.  This weekend she will make her first ever appearance in Winnipeg as part of the Folk Festival.  I spoke with Castle about her recent touring, her upcoming collaborations, and how mortality really is the great mic-drop of life.   

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Ryley Walker at The Winnipeg Folk Festival

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By Daniel Colussi
In conversation Ryley Walker is low-key, friendly, and disarming.  He speaks thoughtfully but off the cuff about himself, his music, and his place in the world.  This causal demeanor betrays his status as pre-eminent shredder on the acoustic guitar.  Despite his youth, Walker plays in a manner far beyond his years.  He sounds like some undiscovered folk-guitar great from early 70s, a time almost two decades before he was born. 

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