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On the Verge and into the Woods

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Join SoundXchange this week for a solo concert from Deep Dark Woods Ryan Boldt, and some deep dark woody poetry from Prince Albert's Lynda Monahan.

 Listen to the whole Ryan Boldt solo Cd launch concert from the Mae Wilson Theatre in Moose Jaw here.

(from Exclaim.ca's Rachel Sanders)

Ryan Boldt has traditional folk music running in his veins. Despite its modern stylings, the music he makes with his band the Deep Dark Woods has genuinely old-fashioned foundations.

The Saskatoon-based band have a fourth album ... out called The Place I Left Behind, filled with more of their sombre balladry and gritty folk rock. But modern folk isn't quite enough to satisfy Boldt, the band's vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter. So he has recorded an upcoming solo album filled with traditional folk music.

Asked about the decision to go it alone, Boldt says the project didn't seem suitable as a Deep Dark Woods efforts.

"I've always wanted to make a record of traditional folk songs because that's what I started out playing -- traditional ballads, traditional music, American and British stuff," Boldt tells Exclaim! "I knew we would never do that as a band because we've all got so many songs that we don't want to just put out a covers album. But it's not really a covers album, that's the thing. It's a traditional album. You take those songs and you make your own out of them."

Recorded primarily in Jody Weger's Beresford Church Studio in Manitoba, Boldt says the solo album contains guest appearances by several friends.

"My good pal Clayton Linthicum is on it," he says. "He's only 16 years old. And this kid, he's the greatest guitar player I've ever played with in my life. The guy is like Richard Thompson or something."

Linthicum plays in a band with his 14-year-old cousin performing mainly traditional folk songs.

"I'm not one for kids playing blues and stuff like that but this is insane," says Boldt. "I saw the guy playing in Chaplain [Saskatchewan]. I went up and talked to him and he started talking about Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson and Gene Richie. I couldn't believe it. Sixteen years old and he likes Mississippi John Hurt. So I had him come down and we did some recording and it sounds incredible."


Fall_workshop_2009.jpgLynda Monahan is the author of two collections of poetry, A Slow Dance in the Flames and What My Body Knows, both published by Coteau Books. Her work has been published in a number of Canadian literary magazines and broadcast nationally on CBC radio. She has recently completed a third manuscript Red Boots in the Snow. Lynda has taught creative writing at SIAST Woodlands campus for the past several years and facilitates a variety of writing workshops for schools and organizations across the province. She compiled and edited Second Chances: The Stories of Acquired Brain Injury Survivors for the Saskatchewan Acquired Brain Injury Association. She was the managing editor of Spring Volume IV, a mentor in the Artsmart Youth Mentorship program and was the facilitator for the Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience in Saskatoon this past summer. Most recently, she was writer-in-residence at Balfour Collegiate in Regina.


Richard jewelry 2.jpgRichard Stieb uses Whitetail deer antler to carve distinctive jewelry. His jewelry has a natural and unique appearance as he creates his own carving designs and techniques.