Canada hot-shot due for Sheffield

Madison Violet: in Sheffield soon.

Madison Violet: in Sheffield soon.

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CANADA is rapidly becoming a hotbed of new music.

And to prove that statement are its latest ambassadords, Madison Violet (Brenley MacEacheern and Lisa MacIsaac).

The multi-award winning pair will be bringing to Sheffield their batch of catchy songs and heart-catching lyrics.

Their album, No Fool For Trying saw them not only build on a growing fan base but also earn the respect of the music industry’s star makers.

They won the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their track The Ransom, took home the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year and were nominated for multiple East Coast Music Awards and a 2010 JUNO for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.

That set the bar pretty high when they went back in the studios to record their follow up album. But they didn’t disappoint with The Good in Goodbye which showed that they have grown and matured musically.

Their distinct take on Americana-inspired up-tempo melodies contrasts beguilingly with their personal lyrics.

Madison Violet’s story is a familiar one of faith and obstinacy as they spent up to eight months a year on the road, winning fans one song at a time, one gig at a time.

They have sold-out across North America and Europe and with their newest effort, Madison Violet prove they’re among Canada’s brightest singer-songwriters.

MADISON Violet are at the Greystones on Sunday, Feb 5. Call 0114 266 5599.

DUO A Giant’s Cause will bring a feast of music to Sheffield on Sunday.

They will be at the Nether Edge Folk Club, which meets at The Lounge, at 21 Montgomery Road.

They come from Saltburn-by-the-Sea and, though they have only been playing together a year, in that time they have showed their worth at a wide range of festivals, radio shows and art galleries.

Andy and Mimi both take an equal part in the songwriting, arrangements and tune-writing and both have their roots firmly in Irish music. Their material covers newly arranged traditional material and self-penned tunes and songs. All this with sweet harmonies thrown in guarantees an interesting and thought provoking performance.

Support comes from Sheffield’s own Kirsty Bromley, a singer, dancer, teacher and folk performer.

From an early age, she has been involved in the brass band world, enabling her to build links to traditional music. She recorded trumpet and backing vocals on Pete Coe’s Back Bone album.

Sadly this will be the final show for the Nether Edge Folk Club. Further information: michaeljtinker.com/folkclub

TOMORROW night’s guests at the Rock Folk Club, which meets at the Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby,will be local musicians Ray Hearne and Ciaron Boyle. Next Friday’s music will come from Dave Berry and the Cruisers.

APPEARING tomorrow night at the Lantern Theatre, Sheffield, will be New York-based singer songwriter Simone Felice.

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