Linda McRae (Spirit of the West) in Guelph

  • Date

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

  • What

    Reservations recommended for this show

    Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Linda McRae earned 2 Platinum and 3 Gold records during her tenure as bassist/accordionist with former Canadian Celtic/Roots group Spirit of the West. Linda left the band to resume her solo career and has since released three critically acclaimed recordings. Flying Jenny produced by Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Emmy Lou Harris), Cryin’ Out Loud produced by Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier) and Linda's current release Carve It To The Heart produced by Linda and Marc L’Esperance (Po’ Girl, Be Good Tanyas) have all received the highest praise from reviewers world-wide.

    In recent years Linda has turned her attention to the study of traditional roots music, it’s history and it’s traditions studying acoustic blues guitar with Juno Winner Ken Hamm, clawhammer banjo with leading authority Brad Leftwich and songwriting with Grammy winning songwriter Jon Vezner. Her most recent work illustrates this, each aspect becoming an integral part of her songwriting and live performance. Linda’s evocative and powerful voice is well supported by her acoustic finger-style and flat-picked rhythm guitar, accordion, clawhammer banjo, dulcimer and Porchboard bass, an endorsement for EnRoute Music. She is also endorsed by Wyres Strings.

    Linda is a compelling entertainer and her personality and storytelling add an intimacy to her shows regardless of the size of venue. Her busy tour schedule reflects her love for performing having completed 200 shows last year alone. Linda also writes a monthly column for BC Musician's Magazine entitled "This Winding Road”.


  • Where

    Carden Street Cafe
    40 Carden St., Guelph

  • When

    9:30 PM show (2 sets)

  • Why

    One of 2 stops in Ontario during this tour.

  • Cost

    $15 advance (at cafe), $20 door

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