Time to Right an Oversight ...
For a year now, I've been thinking I really should do a profile on Christine Fellows, and then something else comes up and ... well, here it is, a year after I saw her at the Calgary Folk Festival and I still haven't told you about this original and wonderfully idiosyncratic musician.
I still remember when I first heard her music. It was actually her third album, Paper Anniversary. I was immediately floored by her pure and unpretentious voice and by her very unique brand of lush orchestral chamber pop meets delicate homespun poetry.
Around about that time, Matthew Good was collecting urls of Canadian musicians. He was posting a list on his blog so that people could access musicians they might not otherwise be familiar with.
So I sent Christine's url to Matt and he replied in an email stating simply:
"god damn that's good!"He quickly published a post on his blog about Christine Fellows, urging everyone to listen to her, that's how good she is! And I, of course, went around telling everyone that I was Matt Good's music advisor.
The story of the recording of Paper Anniversary is vintage Fellows. It was recorded and produced in Winnipeg, at the home she shares with her husband, the lovely and talented John K Samson of the Weakerthans, with friends and family lending their talents, visiting from Texas and Montreal, or recording their parts in Vancouver and Toronto.
If you have the inclination to visit her website, you can see the video for Migrations, from which this still is taken. It's one of the most original videos I've seen in a while. It's very stylish - a performance video, but set against the backdrop of the audience being shown, via an old-fashioned lantern and paper show, the story behind the song. It's utterly charming, as is her music, which is filled with intricate details interspersed with soundscapes and made lush with cello and other orchestral instruments.
You owe it to yourself to listen to Christine Fellows, and if you get a chance to see her perform as she tours with John K Samson this summer, DO IT.
In the meantime, please enjoy these songs:
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