From The Mailbag : Christine Fellows
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Like every other blogger out there I get a lot of press releases and music coming through my inbox everyday. I try to listen to everything that comes through and most of it is relatively good. Some days, it just takes being quirky enough to rise above the din of sameness makes something stand out. Christine Fellows new album Nevertheless is that one today. With a sound that falls somewhere between the overly arty poeticism of Joanna Newsome and the sarcastic showtune swagger of Nellie McKay it catches your attention. Nevertheless is named after a poem by Marianne Moore and is mainly influenced by her life and work. In fact I could easily see it being used as the soundtrack to a play about her.
Opening with the overture like Let Us Have Done With The Umbrella Of Our Contagion, the album winds it’s way through poetically named vignettes like Saturday Night On Utopia Parkway and What Makes The Cherry Red before winding it up with the xylophone laced Yours, And With Ever Grateful Wonder.
Part of the album was recorded remotely at the historic Manitou Opera House in the tiny town of Manitou, and the rest at the Prairie Recording Co. headquarters, a factory loft in the St. Boniface industrial park of Winnipeg.
The Manitou Opera House sessions feature Leanne Zacharias (cello), Cristina Zacharias (violin), Ed Reifel (xylophone and percussion), with guests Howard and Jeannie Zacharias, who sang in our impromptu choir. The Prairie Recording sessions feature Barry Mirochnick (drums and vocals), Keith Mcleod (banjo and mandola), Greg Smith (bass), John K. Samson (vocals), Cam Loeppky (vocals and banjo) and Leanne Zacharias (cello, glockenspiel, vocals). I produced the album, sang and played piano, ukulele, glockenspiel, typewriter and Nord Electro II (Wurlitzer, Rhodes, organ), and compiled all the extraneous bird sounds.
Nov 2 2007 8:00P Shadow Songs at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Lethbridge, Alberta
Nov 6 2007 8:00P **NEVERTHELESS** CANADIAN RELEASE DATE
Nov 7 2007 8:00P Phoenix Concert Theatre with The Weakerthans and Jenn Grant Toronto, Ontario
Nov 8 2007 8:00P Phoenix Concert Theatre with The Weakerthans and Jenn Grant Toronto, Ontario
Nov 9 2007 8:00P Call the Office with The Weakerthans and Jenn Grant London
Nov 29 2007 8:00P West End Cultural Centre, Nevertheless CD release Winnipeg, Manitoba
Nov 30 2007 8:00P Amigos with Baby Eagle Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Dec 1 2007 8:00P The Marquee Room with Baby Eagle Calgary, Alberta
Dec 14 2007 8:00P Nevertheless CD release at The Music Gallery, with Baby Eagle Toronto, Ontario