Tue, Mar 12, 2013.
A new, young voice on the East Coast music scene made her ECMA debut this past week in Halifax. 18-year old Caroline Savoie of Dieppe was on hand to perform some numbers from her brand-new 6-track E.P., Laisse-moi rêver, that's being released today. It's actually her second mini-album, a previous, english-language disc, Just Sayin', having been released in 2011.
A strong singer, Savoie makes an immediate impression on stage with her confidence, and certainly doesn't seem like a teenager. She's a fully-developed performer already, comfortable with an audience and able to bring her songs across. On disc, they are acoustic-based, singer-songwriter material, but fleshed out with bigger arrangements. Some have a delicate touch, such as the title cut, with includes piano throughout, and a dreamy cello part by Lovestorm's Tim Isaac. Si tu savais lets her rock out more, her ukelele joined by bass, drums, electric guitar, organ and horns, a bouncy number that also shows she has a growl in clear voice when she wants to summon it. These six cuts show a strong mix of styles, and fine writing thoughout, from someone who's going to have no trouble joining the ranks of Acadian roots performers.
The album is being launched with a special show today (Tuesday, March 12) with a show at the Empress Room of Moncton's Capitol Theatre, happening at 5:30 PM, and free and open to the public. A Montreal launch follows in April. This is also the first release from a brand-new music label, Le Grenier Musique, founded by Moncton's Carol Doucet, the hard-working artist manager and promotions whiz behind Lisa LeBlanc, Pascal Lejeune and several others.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).