Rose Cousins (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Rose Cousins finds insight in solitude and strength in numbers. Supported by a thriving Halifax music scene and welcomed by an equally vibrant Boston community, her new album 'We have made a Spark' was made in the spirit of community and collaboration. Rooted in authenticity and conviction of voice, from driving opening track 'The Darkness' to stark piano ballad 'Go First', you feel as though Rose Cousins sings for you, about your life. It is that sincerity that leads some to compare Cousins to our most beloved songwriters, and yet, her passionate delivery is distinctly, Rose.
From writing songs from a tiny cabin without electricity on a New Hampshire island (All The Stars, The Shell) to the stage of one of her many international tour stops, her lone voice reaches out to listeners, all of us surrounded by our own forms of darkness, and charges us to have the courage to forge ahead.
Singer of the Year in 2012, and her 2012 CD ‘We Have Made a Spark’
won the 2013 Juno Award as best
Solo Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.
Jordie Lane (Melb, Victoria, Australia)
See the photos and you would be forgiven for thinking that Australian Jordie Lane is just another guitar wielding, hat wearing, beard sporting, love song singing troubadour. A closer listen reveals the love songs are epic tales based on historical figures, the protest songs feature lady-boys and fornicating dogs, the guitar work takes you from early Dylan to southern blues, and that felt hat is camouflaging a messy mop of hair, from a long night spent rescuing a passed out Irish crowd member. You never know what to expect at a Jordie Lane show, and you get the feeling neither does he.
Lane has that rare quality of being able to lure and capture his listeners with his playful charm, rhythmic finger picking, and most of all, that voice. In the same way Joan Baez used to fill Club 47 with pure, unplugged resonance, Lane’s voice has a remarkable ability to climb into every corner of a room, and safely and permanently reside. He sings with effortless volume, in a tone so rich it never fails to silence an audience. He always leaves you with something to take home.