On the program for Saturday December 4, 2010
Part one of 'Songs and Stories' - A songwriter's circle recorded at the 2010 Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth, NS featuring Kim Wempe, Thom Swift, Carmen Townsend and hosted by Old Man Luedecke.
Old Man Luedecke is one of Canada's best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots, but it's Luedecke's contemporary lyrics coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old time banjo that connect and make him so loved with his audiences. His latest album, Proof of Love, won the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for Roots Solo album and won legions of new fans at home and abroad.
Kim Wempe, Atlantic Canada's ECMA winning Galaxie Rising Star, is a vocal powerhouse. A 2009 International Songwriting Contest semi-finalist and Music Nova Scotia Award winner, Wempe is set to make waves from the Atlantic coast clear across the country with the release of her third record titled Painting with Tides this fall on GroundSwell/Warner.
Known for his down-to-earth charm, soulful baritone voice and skillful musicianship, multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Thom Swift performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues. Chosen by CBC as one of Canada's top songwriters in 2010 and recent winner of Music Nova Scotia's Blues Artist of the Year, he released his latest album blue sky day (GroundSwell/Warner) in February. Thom's debut solo recording Into the Dirt (2007) won an ECMA, a Maple Blues Award, a Galaxie Rising Star prize and two Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Musician of the Year in 2008.
Carmen Townsend, known for her raw and primal sound, has spent the last fifteen years of her life delivering powerful, energetic, authentic rock and roll performances on stages across the globe. Working tirelessly on her anticipated debut record with no signs of slowing down, Townsend recently caught the eye of Grammy winning songwriter Jesse Harris (Norah Jones, Bright Eyes) and has put her own rock and roll spin on two of his songs. One of the East Coast's brightest gems, Carmen Townsend is one to watch for.
NOTE: Since this concert is too long for the radio program, here is the third round of performances beginning with Old Man Luedecke
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