HER dad wrote one of the best known songs of his generation.
Gene MacLellan’s Snowbird was a hit for Anne Murray and was also covered by Elvis and Loretta Lynn.
So it takes a particulary confident musician to take that song and make it her own.
Step forward Gene’s daughter Catherine who includes a stand-out version of the classic song on her latest album Silhouette.
The Canadian singer shows why many consider her to have one of the finest voices in folk or country circles.
She combines that with arftul songwriting craft and a growing reputation as a live performer, which earned her a double win at last year’s East Coast Music Awards.
Silhouette is her fourth album, which effortlessly stitches together elegantly woven songs with Catherine’s memorable blend of heartfelt and powerful lyrics and catchy melodies.
Indeed, the subtle strength of the album marks the understated power of Catherine’s songwriting and performance.
Her star has long been rising in North America and her last album, Water In The Ground reached out to expand her already loyal fan base as she toured in support of legendary artists including Bruce Cockburn in the States and Steve Forbert in the UK, while also holding her own in Boston, Berlin, Cannes, Memphis, New York, London, and Paris.
Catherine MacLellan’s fine songwriting talent and accomplished performance draws her listeners in and treats them to musicianship which is unparalleled among performers of her generation.
n Catherine MacLellan is heading towards Sheffield this weekend and will be at The Lescar, on Sunday.
GUEST at Wortley Folk Club (in the Steel Room, the Venue, Stocksbridge) on Saturday will be Flossie Malavialle with Paul Donnelly.
Since starting out on the British folk circuit back in 2000, Flossie has developed an eclectic blend of classical French songs, beautifully performed ballads and jazzy tunes and songs.
She will be accompanied by Paul Donnelly, who has toured, performed and recorded with a wide range of artists. His style has earned him the reputation as one of the North East’s most respected guitarists and composers.
n THE Folk Train sets out at 7.14pm on Tuesday on the Hope Valley line, with the music of Bernard Cromarty, the only solo performer booked for the train. Music continues at The Rambler Country House Hotel, Edale.
n THERE will be a singers’ and musicians’ session at the Rock@Maltby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby, tomorrow. Next Friday’s guest is Catfish Keith.
n GUITARIST Clive Carroll is at the Greystones tomorrow. Also at the venue: Roger Davies on Sunday; Richard Shindell, on Monday and Skyhook next Thursday.
n Bellowhead appear at the Leadmill on Saturday.
n Acoustic outfit Ahab will perform a set from 4pm at Record Collector, Fulwood Rd, on Saturday.
n CRAZY Crow, plus singers, are at the Cartwheel 3 Folk Club, Old Horns, High Bradfield, tomorrow.