If there’s such a thing as a timeless, classic Canadian-sounding roots album, Canadian Girl is it. Ste-Croix’s mellifluous, honeyed vocals are layered over gorgeous harmony tracks and sweet, homespun acoustic roots instrumentation. The players include multiple Juno-winning fiddler MacMaster, WCMA-winning guitarist Joel Fafard, Juno-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Fearing (on the Six String Nation guitar), and legendary Quebec fiddler Claude Methé – along with his family band, Dent de Lion. The voices include ECMA-winner MacLellan, BC Entertainment Hall of Famer Shari Ulrich, Juno-winning Yellowknife artist Leela Gilday, two-time CFMA-winning Newfoundland singers The Once, and WCMA-nominated Yukon songwriter Kim Beggs.
Yet despite the fact that Ste-Croix’s ensemble changes almost entirely from song to song – only guitarist Robbie Steininger and bassist/percussionist Bill Buckingham perform on the majority of the tracks – the songs themselves keep the sound remarkably consistent. Ste-Croix eschewed writing pieces that would mimic regional styles, choosing instead to stick with her time-tested blend of story songs and personal narratives with messages as enduring as the album’s sound. Throw in plenty of lyrical references to local landscapes and you get a pure, sweet, joyful-sounding collection of Canadiana.
Recording one song in every Province and Territory of Canada for her “Canadian Girl” album, Ste-Croix has captured the attention and heart of the country with her musical strand from Coast to Coast to Coast. Guest artists include Stephen Fearing, Natalie MacMaster, Leela Gilday, The Once, the Inuksuk Drum Dancers, Laura Smith, Catherine MacLellan, Emmanuelle Leblanc, Dominque Dupuis, Jessica Rhaye, Shari Ulrich, Julia Graff, Joel Fafard, Farideh, Lynne Hanson, Kate Reid, Kim Beggs, Marie-Josee Dandeneau, Carlin Lemon, The Fates, Brent Tyler, Dentdelion and Dale Boyle.
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