Mae Moore - Dennie Ellsworth - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday November 17, 2012
On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll have a feature on Mae Moore and her recording 'Folklore'. As well, we'll have a feature on 'Dusk Dreams', the latest recording from Dennis Ellsworth.
Mae Moore has many claims to fame. As a recording artist, she was a major label success story, scoring nine top forty hits, two Juno nominations and two SOCAN Awards for commercial radio airplay. As an indie artist, she has most recently garnered two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for Solo Artist of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year. And as a personality, Mae is Canada's quintessential bohemian, a musician, painter, and long-time environmentalist who has lived all over Canada and who now makes her home on an organic farm and heritage orchard in British Columbia's Gulf Islands.
All of these facets of Mae come together like never before on her latest project, 'Folklore', a collection of songs inspired by Mae's varied experiences living in different parts of the country. It was released in conjunction with a companion book featuring 30 of Mae's acclaimed landscape paintings.
Mae is renowned for her mature and sophisticated mixture of pop, folk and jazz music, and her sound has been captured on this recording by Joby Baker (Cowboy Junkies), who produced Alex Cuba's Grammy-nominated and Latin Grammy-winning third album. The new mix is an atmospheric and slightly percussive blend of jazzy folk-roots with a subtle European feel to it. The core line-up sees Marc Atkinson (The Bills, The Mark Atkinson Trio) on guitar, Daniel Lapp on trumpet and flugelhorn, Rick May on bass, Scott Sheerin on soprano sax, Joby Baker on drums, bass, piano and strings and of course Mae with her signature guitar sound and dulcimer.
Dennis Ellsworth has grown into one of Atlantic Canada's most potent songwriters, with beautifully poetic lyrics and a veteran's sense of melody, tune and arrangement.
His most recent release, Dusk Dreams, was recorded in Athens, Georgia, with acclaimed musician and producer, David Barbe (Drive By Truckers, Cracker, Bob Mould/Sugar). The album consists of ten songs that blend folk, pop, country, lounge, blues, soul, and whatever else. Barbe's production is subtle, yet gorgeous and steers clear of interfering with the loosely wonderful performances. Critics are calling Dusk Dreams, Dennis Ellsworth's most beautifully crafted release to date. He has two previous solo recordings, 2010′s Chesterfield Dweller of the Year, which Americana-UK.com called "heartfelt and heart-achingly beautiful, a timeless album", and Strange Boat, an EP released in September 2011 and nominated for 4 MPEI awards.
With his honky-tonkin' side project, Haunted Hearts, Dennis has written and released two definitive records (Thank You, Goodnight and Howdy), collectively winning the group seven different awards with Music PEI and garnered an ECMA nomination in 2010 for Rising Star.
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