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Welcome to the music page. Here you will find the focus is on great songs from outstanding singer-songwriters in the (broadly speaking) genre of folk/country/roots/alternative. Click on the titles to hear song excerpts.

 

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Mary Gauthier                                         ttp://www.marygauthier.com/

Mary Gauthier, pronounced "go shay", was born in March, 1962, in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Her birth parents had difficulties with their marriage, and Mary was adopted when she was only one year old. When she was fifteen, she stole her parents' car and ran away from home. She had issues with alcohol and drugs, but finally, in her thirties, she emerged as an impressive award-winning country artist.

I Drink

Mercy Now

     

Lynn Miles               http://www.maplemusic.com/artists/lyn/default.asp

A brilliant songwriter with beautiful melodies and powerful lyrics. A Canadian treasure, without doubt. Lynn was born in Sweetsburgh, Quebec, in September, 1958. She has won many awards including Best English Songwriter, Best Contemporary Singer, and a Juno award for her CD, Unravel. Her performances are marked by her humour and wit, in addition to her musical prowess.

Unravel

I'm The Moon

Surrender Dorothy

     

Richard Shindell                                 http://www.richardshindell.com/

Richard Shindell was born in Lakehurst, New Jersey, in August, 1960. In 1998, he joined Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams to form the group, Cry Cry Cry, and toured with Joan Baez on her 1997 – 1998 tour. Shindell moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2000, though still tours extensively in North America. He is an artist with much to say. His music and lyrics work together to deliver profound and meaningful messages that exhibit passion, empathy, and insight.  

Are You Happy Now

TV Light

     

Iris Dement                         http://www.irisdement.net/

The only thing better than listening to Iris Dement is to see her perform. Iris DeMent is the youngest of a family of fourteen children; she was born in Paragould, Arkansas, in May, 1961. Her melody lines, reinforced by her exceptional voice, are exquisite, and her songs discuss everything from religion to politics, to the moving and intimate moments of our lives. I can't wait for her next album.

Our Town

You've Done Nothing Wrong

Sweet is the Melody

     

Chris Smither                                                  http://www.smither.com/

Chris Smither is an American blues singer-songwriter. He was born in Miami, Florida in November, 1944, though spent much of his early life growing up in New Orleans. Smither is an American legend. He began touring in the sixties, and has toured throughout the world. His recordings date back to the seventies. He went through some tough times with alcohol in the 70's and 80's, but resurfaced brilliantly, and continues to be an outstanding artist.

Leave the Lights On

No Love Today

   

Cheryl Wheeler          http://www.cherylwheeler.com/home/home.html

Cheryl Wheeler was born in July, 1951, in Timonium, Maryland. She is a gifted singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice, and the ability to blend lyrics and melody to deliver a moving, intimate message. Like Iris Dement, her lyrics and melody work together to communicate passion and intimacy. Wheeler has a good sense of humour, too; you can't sit through one of her concerts without seeing her ability to appreciate life's lighter side. Another superb talent.

Gandi Buddha

Since Youve Been Gone

Arrow

     

Night Sun                                                        http://www.nightsun.ca/

Night Sun is a Kingston-based, multi award-winning group of gifted musicians: Ellen Hamilton (lead vocals, acoustic guitar and songwriter), Adam Hodge (bass, vocals), Chris Coleman (clarinet, mandolin, Irish flute, banjo, guitar, vocals), Les Casson (percussion, drums, vocals), and Bonnie Dawson (accordion, guitar, vocals). Listening to them is magic; seeing them live is mesmerizing.

One Moment of Grace

Gypsy

Breathing

     

Kris Delmhorst                                       http://www.krisdelmhorst.com/

Kris Delmhorst was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She moved to Boston in 1996, and now resides in Massachusetts. She plays guitar and fiddle, received classical training on the cello, and has a studio art degree. Prior to releasing her first recording in 1998, she worked the various folk and jazz performers. Kris is a highly creative singer-songwriter with an amazing ability to combine words and music to enthrall her audience.

Damn Love Song ()

Bobby Lee ()

     

James Keelaghan                                       http://www.keelaghan.com/

James Keelaghan is a multi-Juno award-winning Canadian folk singer-songwriter born in Calgary, Alberta. He has a commanding baritone voice that captivates his audience as soon as begins to sing. Keelaghan has perfomed throughout the world, singing songs steeped in Canadian history (he has a history degree.) Mirabeau Bridge (written by Sam Larkin) is typical of his magnetic style.

Mirabeau Bridge ()

Cold Missouri Waters ()

Kiri's Piano ()

     

David Massengill                                http://www.davidmassengill.com/

David Massengill is a gifted guitarist, Dulcimer player, storyteller and all round musician. He has a unique, sensitive and compelling style that captivates his audience. His messages are delivered through marvellous melodies and lyrics that centre around friends, family, and personal experiences. David was born in Bristol, Tennessee, in 1951.

Number 1 In America

Nothing ()

Rider On An Orphan Train

     

John Stewart                                                      http://chillywinds.com/

It's been a while since John Stewart wrote Daydream Believer for the Monkees, or toured with Robert F. Kennedy's ill-fated presidential campaign. John was born in September, 1939, and died January 18, 2008. He is an accomplished singer and songwriter. He was a member of the Kingston Trio from 1961 to 1967.

Botswana ()

Ghost Inside of Me ()

Daydream Believer ()

     

Keren Ann                                                     http://kerenann.com/

Keren Ann was born in Caesarea, Israel on March 10, 1974, though retains her Dutch citizenship. She describes herself, appropriately, as a "very soft folk" singer. She is a talented singer and songwriter with a captivating voice. She is popular in Europe and the United States, especially New York, and tours throughout the world.

I'm Not Going Anywhere

Seventeen ()()

     

Jimmie Dale Gilmore                                      http://jimmiegilmore.com/

Jimmie Dale Gilmore was born in Amarillo, Texas, on May 6, 1945. He is a member of the Flatlanders (progressive, alternative country music), a group that has been performing and recording since the early 70's. Gilmore gave up recording from about 1974 to 1980. During those years he lived in an Ashram in Denver. He is known for his pure tenor voice.

One Endless Night

Where is Love ()()

There She Goes ()

     

Terence Martin                                                 http://martinsongs.com/

Terence Martin was born in London, and grew up in Los Angeles. He moved east in 1997 to become part of the acoustic singer-songwriter scene in the New York area. As reviewer, Richard Cuccaro, said, "Some poets sing", and therein lies half the beauty of his compositions. When you combine poetry with a gift for musical composition you have a surefire winner.

Almost Anywhere

Sleeping On a Westbound Train (

Where It All Begins ())()

     

Ferron                                                             http://ferrononline.com/

Author, Bett Williams, has aptly described Ferron (born Debbie Foisy) as "the Johnny Cash of lesbian folksinging". Ferron was born in Toronto, June 2, 1952, though grew up in Vancouver. She began writing music at the age of 10, left home at 15, and slowly -- with many ups and downs -- has come be seen as a compelling artist and dedicated spokesperson for women's rights.

Independence Day (

Girl on a Road (

Light of My Life ()))

     

Carolyn Mark                                            http://www.carolynmark.com/

Carolyn Mark grew up in Sicamous, BC, and arrived on the music scene in the 90's. She has a unique, somewhat tongue-in-cheek (she calls it "lighthearted") singer-songwriter style that could be classified as alternative country. Seattle's, The Stranger, called her the “Drunk of the Week”, referring to some issues she had early in her career.

Two Days Smug and Sober

Slept All Afternoon ()

I'll Be All Right ()

     

Tom Russell                       http://www.tomrussell.com/index_flash.html

Tom Russell was born in Los Angeles in 1950, and lives in El Paso. He ha graduated from the University of California with a degree in criminology, and subsequently taught school in Nigeria. He has released 17 albums. Tom has a rich baritone voice. His songs are recognized as powerful and poignant commentaries on politics and the human condition. An outstanding performer.

Across the Borderline

Ash Wednesday

Sound of One Heart Breaking ()())

California Snow ()

     

Sarah Slean                        http://www.sarahslean.com/

Sarah Slean was born June 21, 1977 in Pickering, Ontario. She is an accomplished singer-songwriter, painter, and photographer, and does her own artwork. She has had classical voice training, and plays piano and guitar. Sarah is passionate and intense on stage. She quickly establishes audience rapport with her intensity and her strong, clear, voice. Her performances are unique and demanding.lbu

Bank Accounts ()

Eliot ()

Sweet Ones ()

     

Dolores Keane

Dolores Keane is an Irish folk singer and musician. She was born in Caherlistrane, Co. Galway, in the west of Ireland on Sept 26,1953. She was a founding member of the group, De Dannan, and left the group in 1977 to marry another accomplished musician, John Faulkner. She began singing with family members at the age of five. She plays the concertina, flute, whistle, hurdy gurdy, and bodhrán.

Never Be the Sun

Tonight As We Dance

     

Kate Wolf                                                   http://katewolf.com/

Kate Wolf was born in San Francisco on January 27, 1942, and died from leukemia in 1986 at the age of 44. Like many accomplished singer-songwriters she displayed an interest in, and a talent for, music when she was only 4 years old. She was a shy person, and even though she performed as a child, she stopped singing in high school because she was self-conscious. She was married for a while and had 2 childtren (Max, 1964 and Hannah, 1967) and discovered she had to perform. She left her family (though after a while her children came to live with her) to pursue music. Her songs and performances are brilliant, magical, inspired.

Some Kind of Love

Then Came the Children

Cornflower Blue

   

 Dixie Chicks                                             www.dixiechicks.com

The Dixie Chicks is a country music group, formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas. They caused some controversy beginning by denouncing President George W. Bush on the eve of the Invasion of Iraq. Despite ongoing support of the Democratic party, they continued to keep their fan base and have had several best-selling CD's

Not Ready to Make Nice ()()

     

Smokie (Chris Norman)   http://www.chrisnorman-fc.com

Chris Norman was born in October, 1950 and became the lead singer for the group, Smokie. Smoklie was popular in the late 60's and 70's. Norman began performing on his own in the 80's and still does gigs throughout Europe. His music was strongly influenced by the Beatles, Stones and Dylan. He has a huge following in Europe.

Living Next Door Alice

Have You Ever Seen Rain

     

Fred Eaglesmith                                   http://www.fredeaglesmith.com/

Fred Eaglesmith is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. He is one of nine children raised in rural Southern Ontario. He began writing songs and performing as a teen. Eaglesmith's material is reminiscent of outlaw country. He is a talented songwriter, known for his songs about cars, trains, farms and farm vehicles, drinking, white trash, rural life and politics. s, including songs about trains, tractors, trucks, cars, and engines. He most definitely has something to say.

Me and Esther

White Trash

     

Kate and Anna McGarrigle                      

 http://www.myspace.com/kateandannamcgarrigle

Kate and Anna McGarrigle are sisters who write and perform together. Kate was born in 1946, and Anna in 1944. Their parents were Canadian and Irish, and they lived northwest of Montreal. They were educated at a Roman Catholic convent school, and began their singing careers in the sixties. They are known for their clarity of voice and magnificent harmony. Although associated with Quebec's anglophone community, the McGarrigles have also recorded and performed many songs in French. They were appointed Members of the Order of Canada in 1993, and received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2004.

Love Over and Over

Heart Like a Wheel

Rainbow Ride

     

Harvey Andrews                                  http://www.harveyandrews.com/

Harvey Andrews (born May 7, 1943 in Stetchford, Birmingham) is an English singer, songwriter, and poet. He worked as a part-time musician and full time teacher in 1964 and 1965, then became a full-time musician. He has produced more than 15 albums of original songs. His music celebrates the joys and sensitivities of living and protests senseless conflicts and unnecessary deaths. He continues to write and perform.

Margarita
     

Tim Harrison                                              http://www.timharrison.ca/

Tim Harrison is a Toronto-based singer songwriter. He released his first album in 1979, and since then has recorded 6 more. All his songs are consistently excellent – a difficult feat for many artists. Harrison writes from the heart. His songs are sensitive and well crafted.

One Woman ()

So Long Dr. Seuss ()

When I'm Gone ()

     

 

Dana Winner      http://www.danawinner.com/

Dana Winner was born Chantal Vanlee, in the Netherlands on February 10,1965. She is a celebrated performer who sings and records (mostly interpretations of songs) in several languages. She has recorded many albums, and plays to large audiences in Europe – though is not as well known in America. She is very popular in Germany and South Africa.

One Way Wind ()

Eres Tu ()

     

Maywood

Maywood was a Dutch pop group who performed in the 1970s and 80s. Their biggest hit was in 1980 "Late At Night". They represented the Netherlands in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ''Ik wil alles met je delen'', which finished in 15th place. Their music has a sound similar to ABBA.

Mother How Are You Today

Late at Night

     

Mathew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs   http://www.myspace.com/sidnsusie

Susanna Lee Hoffs (born January 17, 1959) is an American singer and rhythm guitarist best known for being a member of the all-female pop band The Bangles. In 1996, Hoffs appeared in the first Austin Powers movie and met Matthew Sweet, and in 2006 teamed up with him, under the name "Sid 'n' Susie", to record fifteen cover versions of classic rock songs for an album titled Under the Covers, Vol. 1. Under the Covers, Vol. 1 is the first collaboration between alternative rock artist Matthew Sweet and Bangles lead singer Susanna Hoffs.

Alone Again ()

Different Drum ()

     

Jeff Buckley                                         http://www.jeffbuckley.com/

Jeff Buckley lived from November 17, 1966 to May 29, 1997. He was well known as an accomplished American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Jeff was the son of Tim Buckley; his promising career ended tragically when he drowned during an evening swim in 1997. Buckley was surrounded by music when he was young: his mother was a classically trained pianist and cellist, and his father was the famous Tim Buckley. His stepfather introduced him to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Pink Floyd when he was 12. His popularity grew until, in the 90's, he was becoming proclaimed as a musical genius.

Hallelujah ()
     

Townes VanZandt                            http://www.townesvanzandt.com/

Townes Van Zandt was born March 7, 1944. 1997. He was a highly respected country folk artist who had a nearly 30 year recording carees. Van Zandt was born in Texas, and a natural-born traveler. He was happy to be alone in the mountains on horseback for months at a time. Van Zandt got his first paying gigs in Houston in the mid 60s. His debut album, For the Sake of the Song, was released in 1968. Van Zandt moved to Nashville in 1976 and made several recordings. He didn't record again for almost 10 years, though he continued to tour. He toured with the Cowboy Junkies in 1990. He died of heart attack (perhaps hastened by alcohol and drugs) unexpectedly on January 1, 1997, at age 52.es

For the Sake of the Song (

If I Needed You ()())

     

Joel Rafael Band                                http://www.joelrafael.com/

Joel Rafael is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician from San Diego County, California. Much of his music can be seen as an interpretation of Woody Guthrie’s music, though he has his own style and material. The band has been highly acclaimed in the folk music scene. Joel and his acoustic band have been and touring the country since 1993. The Joel Rafael Band is comprised of Joel Rafael (lead vocals & guitar), his daughter Jamaica (violin, viola & vocals), Carl Johnson (acoustic lead guitar) and Jeff Berkley (ethno-percussion). Rafael has been performing in various groups since the 70s. In 1994, the Joel Rafael Band released their first CD on Rafael's own Reluctant Angel Records. The Band has won several awards.

Way Over Yonder (

Never Not Enough ())

     

Jesse Winchester                            http://www.jessewinchester.com/

Jesse Winchester was born on May 17, 1944, in Louisiana. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1966. In 1967 Winchester moved to Montreal, Quebec. He became a Canadian citizen in 1973. (He returned to Memphis in 2002.) Jesse did a road tour of Canada in 1973-74. He has been recording since 1970, though couldn’t tour in the U.S. until the 1977 Carter amnesty. He is well known for his songwriting and guitar and Keyboard player. His songs are sensitive and thoughtful, revealing the introspective artist.

No Pride at All ()

That's What Makes You Strong ()

     

Timmy Flaherty (With Melanie)

Somewhat obscure singer of traditional Celtic Music. Released CD, Dream of Erin, in 1994 -- recorded in Florida.

One Night With You
     
Mary Black                                            http://www.mary-black.net/

Mary Black was born in Ireland, on May 22, 1955. She is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest female vocalists performing today. Black began singing in folk clubs in Dublin in the 70's, and began recording in the 80's. She is a talented singer and songwriter, and interpreter of songs.

Bright Blue Rose

Only a Woman

Wonder Child

     

Maria Sangiolo                     http://www.barrykasindorf.com/sangiolo/

Maria Sangiolo is an accomplished, award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist. She grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Her lyrics and song styles range from traditional to contemporary. She has a rich clear voice and outstanding fingerpicking skills. As a child she received instruction in voice, violin, and guitar. She began performing in 1989. Musicians that have influenced her include the Beatles, Cat Stevens , Carole King, James Taylor and Townes Van Zandt. Sangiolo and her husband own the Vanilla Bean Café, a full service restaurant and music venue in Pomfret, CT.

Jenny Dreamed of Trains
     

Five For Fighting                          http://www.fiveforfighting.com/

Five for Fighting is the stage name of John Ondrasik, a contemporary singer-songwriter who plays guitar and piano. He became popular in 2001 when his song ‘Superman (It's Not Easy)’ became associated with ‘ordinary people’ as heroes after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ondrasik was born in California in 1968. His mother was a piano teacher, and his father an astrophysicist. After playing the piano from the age of two, in his teens John taught himself to play guitar, took voice lessons and began singing and writing songs. He was influenced by Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, the Beatles, Nirvana, Billy Joel, and Don Henley. In the 80s and 90s, Ondrasik kept writing and performing with bands when he could. He released his first CD in 1996, but fell into a slump for a few years. He released his second album in 2000, and released two singles, Easy Tonight, and Superman (It’s Not Easy).

The Riddle

Superman (Not Easy)

     

Tom Paxton                                               http://www.tompaxton.com/

Tom Paxton was born in October, 1937, in Chicago. He eventually majored in drama at the University of Oklahoma, spent a brief time in the service, and then moved New York where he performed regularly in Greenwich Village. His first album was released in 1962. He now has more than 50 albums to his name, as well as a handful of children’s books. Paxton married in 1963, and is still married with grandchildren. Despite some issues with depression in the late 80's he continued to write and sing – something he continues to do.

Last Thing on My Mind

Rambling Boy

Wish I Was a Troubador

     

Harry Chapin                         http://www.harry-chapin.com/

Harry Chapin was born December 7, 1942, in New York's Greenwich Village the son of a drummer. In the 60s he was in a musical group with his younger brothers Tom and Steve. He was in the Air Force for a while, directed an academy award nominated film, and studied philosophy at Cornell University. He began issuing albums in the '70's and came up with some major hits, including Taxi, Cat’s in the Cradle, and W.O.L.D. During this time he averaged 200 concerts a year, half of which were benefit shows. He was a humanitarian activist and in addition to forming the organization, "World Hunger Year", with Bill Ayres, had a hand in convincing President Jimmy Carter to create a Hunger Commission. In 1981, Harry died in an auto accident while on the way to a benefit concert.

Corey's Coming

Old College Avenue

Story Of Life

     

Buddy Mondlock                           http://www.buddymondlock.com/

Buddy Mondlock is a contemporary folk singer who grew up in Chicago. He has produced several albums: On the Line (1987), Buddy Mondlock (1994), Poetic Justice (1999), and The Edge of the World, 2007. Buddy has toured throughout the States, Canada, and Europe. His songs have been recorded by many well known performers. He continues to write and tour.

 
     

Greg Brown                                         http://www.gregbrown.org/

Greg Brown (born July 2, 1949) is a folk musician from Fairfield, IA, USA. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher. He began singing professionally in 1967. He travelled about for a few years playing with a local band, and then returned to Iowa to write and play in clubs and coffeehouses. By the 1980s, Brown had become well known. He founded his own record label (Red House Records) which has released over 200 recordings varaious artists including Pat Donohue, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and John McCutcheon. Brown has recorded more than two dozen albums.

 
     

Eliza Gilkyson                                          http://www.elizagilkyson.com/

Eliza Gilkyson is a singer-songwriter working out of Austin, Texas. She was born in California in the early 50's. Her father was the songwriter and folk musician Terry Gilkyson. Gilkyson has released 13 albums. Like many entertainers on the folk scene, she leans to the political left and is highly critical of the Bush administration. This is evidenced in her song, Man of God.

 
     

Emmylou Harris                          http://www.emmylouharris.com/

Emmylou Harris was born April 2, 1947, in Birmingham, Alabama. Wikipedia classes her as a country, folk, alternative rock, and alternative country musician. She sings, writes, and interprets, and is in great demand as collaborative duet partner. It wasn’t till she was in college that she began pursuing music seriously. She was greatly influenced by Dylan, and performed in Greenwich Village. Her first album was released in 1970 (she now has 12 Grammy awards). Throughout the 70's she worked with many artists including Gram Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison. Harris has never looked back. She continues to write, release albums and tour the world.

 
     

Linda Ronstadt                              

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Blackmore's Night

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Joan Baez

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Lobo

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David Gates

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Dave Mallett

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Melanie

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John Prine

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Lucinda Williams

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Steve Earle

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Nanci Griffith                                                                 http://www.nancigriffith.com/

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More to Come:

Melanie, Dolly Parton. Leanne Womack, Bryan Ferry,  Blue Rodeo, ABBA,
Alanis Morissette, Alison Krauss, Amelia Curran, Amy MacDonald,
Basia Bulat, Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop, Natalie Merchant, Bonnie Tyler,
Brandi Carlile, Brendan Shine, Bright Eyes, Buddy Wassisname & the Other fellers, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cat Power, Catherine MacLellan, Chris DeBurgh , James Blunt, Chris Isaak, Cowboy Junkies, Dala, David Baxter, David Campbell,
David Francey, Deep Dark Woods, Deep Dark Woods, Eric Anderson, Geoffrey Yunupingu. Gillian Welch, Good Lovelies, Great Lakes Swimmers, Grit Laskin, Jadea Kelly, Jill Barber, The Flatlanders, John Hiatt, Justin Hines, Justin Rutledge, Kasey Chambers, Kim Beggs, Kim Taylor, Lana Del Ray, Laura Smith, Leonard Cohen . Madison Violet, Marianne Faithful, Mark Knopfler, Murray McLauchlan, Murray McLauchlan, Nerissa and Katryna Nields, Po' girl, Ray LaMontagne, Raylene Rankin, Ron Hynes, Rosie Thomas, Sarah MacDougall,Serena Ryder, Stan Rogers Susan Crowe, Wailin`Jennies, Woodpigeon, Zucchero,