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Beautiful from Saskatoon

This week, it's a beautiful show from Saskatoon with the stunning multi-voice title work from Adam Pottle's new book "Beautiful Mutants" and a concert with singer-songwriter and all around gift Carrie Catherine.

Adam Pottle grew up in British Columbia and moved to Saskatoon in 2009 to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature at the University of Saskatchewan. His first book, a poetry collection entitled Beautiful Mutants, was released in April 2011, and it is a stunner. Our three readers, Margo Regan, Michele Sereda and Kent Evans were all blown away by this new writer.


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Carrie Catherine is a prairie chanteuse and award-winning songwriter. Her new album Wilderness was produced by Colin Linden (Lucinda Williams, Colin James, Bruce Cockburn) and recorded in Nashville with an impressive team of musicians. Honoring Carrie's unique songwriting, the album features Emmylou Harris' rhythm section and Nashville legend Charlie McCoy to achieve a roots sound that is all her own.

The Wilderness CD Launch concert we're playing, featuring songs from the new release, has the added value of percussionist/inventor/graphic designer/renaissance man Hal Schrenk, who never met an object from which he could not get an interesting sound.

Listen to the whole concert here courtesy of Radio 2's Concerts on Demand.


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When Carrie's not on the road, she an active cultural community builder in her hometown of Saskatoon. She produces the Hayloft house concert series in an old grocery store converted into live/work space andperformance venue. You can find what's coming up at the Hayloft here.

Says Shannon Boklaschuk of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix about Carrie "Catherine, to be perfectly honest, was amazing. She exceeded all of my expectations, and delivered a quality show that left everyone wanting more."

Look for Carrie in the January 2012 issue of Chatelaine! 

 Here's a video about the new CD: