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On the program for Saturday October 15, 2011 - Ian Foster - Rebekah Higgs

On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Two features - Ian Foster and his new release 'Evening Light' - and - Rebekah Higgs and her new release 'Odd Fellowship'

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Ian Foster is familiar with the cycle of a song. Since 2006, the Newfoundland-based songwriter has been writing, recording and touring his work around Canada and Europe. His latest release, The Evening Light, showcases songs inspired by the road, and by an examination of home that can only be made from the distance of travel. His music combines many of the classic elements of folk songwriting and storytelling with newer approaches to the genre. His albums contain a mix of traditional instruments (banjo, upright bass, accordion, violin and cello all appear on his newest release) and modern instruments and effects. He regularly plays both electric and acoustic live, making tasteful use of looping and delay effects to create a bigger sound than one would expect from a solo player. A road warrior, Ian spends about half of every year playing shows, festivals, and conferences abroad, and regular shows all year long in his home province. His music has been played on radio internationally, from Newfoundland to the Netherlands. He has been nominated for multiple MusicNL (Newfoundland) and ECMA (East Coast Music Awards) over the last few years (including SOCAN Songwriter of the Year), and has been a finalist in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition), based out of Nashville, TN. He also has numerous co-writing credits, including one with the legendary folk songwriter Ron Hynes.

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It's been four years since Rebekah Higgs made a follow-up to her self-titled debut album. Since then Rebekah was busy with her alter-ego of Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees. Now she is back as her own with the second album Odd Fellowship. The ten-track effort was produced by Brian Deck, the hard-working vet who has worked on major releases from the likes of Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine, and Califone. While Rebekah's sweet, playful voice, looped on her Kaoss pad, drives this album, Odd Fellowship is underwritten by a subtle maturity and songwriting confidence - an admirable journey for a former theatre student who taught herself to play guitar. An album designed to take the party from late night to lazy brunch, Rebekah experiments with musical styles, shifting gracefully from melodic folk to psych-pop, with big guitar licks and tight laptop beats.

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