Award-winning Canadian songwriter on her love of Appalachian folk music

Canadian singer-songwriter Hannah Shira Naiman’s music is steeped in the ancient folkways of Appalachia, but it’s finding an audience among the young and the hip of today.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hannah Shira Naiman recently won a Canadian Folk Music Award for "Traditional Singer of the Year." (Ramo/hckygrlphoto)
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"Well, thank you very much!" replies Hannah Shira Naiman, when Michael says her music sounds as though it could have been written in the 1920s or '30s.

She is a songwriter who plays banjo, fiddle and guitar, and she recently won a Canadian Folk Music Award for "Traditional Singer of the Year."

Naiman's music is steeped in the ancient folkways of Appalachia — a genre she adopted from her parents, who are also professional musicians. 

She lives in North Bay, Ont., and came to our Toronto studio to talk to Michael about her musical influences, the inspirations for her songs and her passion for square dance calling. She says modern-day hipsters are reviving the old-fashioned square dance.

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