MARY JANE LAMOND RECEIVES TWO NOMINATIONS FOR
THE FIRST CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS
Nominations for the first Canadian Folk Music Awards, announced at the end of last week, include two for Mary Jane Lamond and her marvelous new recording, Storas (Fusion111).
Lamond, nominated in the Best World Artist – Solo, and Best Singer – Traditional categories, has some worthy opponents including Alpha Yaya Diallo, Soraya Benitez, Enoch Kent, Michael Jerome Browne and Jean Hewson.
The awards will be handed out at a Gala dinner on December 10, 2005 at Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Civilization, the country’s repository of all things folk. The event, hosted by Connie Kaldor and Gilles Garand, will feature performances from, among others, Mary Jane Lamond, Le Vent du Nord, Ember Swift and David Francey.
Mary Jane Lamond’s Storas, her first collection of new studio material since 1999, is receiving tremendous response for it’s uncompromising integrity toward the Gaelic tradition:
“Lamond continues to impress… …remains the most innovative and exciting Celtic artist…” — New Brunswick Reader
“Mary Jane Lamond offers a new musical treasure. The Gaelic word for ‘treasure’, Storas features hypnotic vocals, heartfelt delivery…as Lamond breathes new life into the Scottish Gaelic songs…” — Cape Breton Post
“Lamond’s voice is pure and clear, infused with a stream of life experience that gives character to every song. …one of the best known Gaelic singers in the world, putting beautiful contemporary arrangements to the ancient traditional songs of Cape Breton.”
Halifax Daily News
“Singer Mary Jane Lamond arranges the traditional Gaelic songs of Cape Breton with flair and reverence. …it’s the most eclectically arranged album Lamond has made to date and every bit as appealing as her glorious, groundbreaking Làn Dùil…” — Penguin Eggs