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60’s Folk Revival: Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone
January 16 /7:30 pm January 17 /12:00 am
With a voice that’s sometimes whispery and wavering, sometimes plangent and clear, but always poignant and evocative, Michelle Rumball sings from deep wellsprings of emotion. As NOW’s Kate Pederson wrote, “I’d pay to hear her sing the phone book.”
Hailing from the eastern Toronto neighbourhood of Scarborough, Rumball sang in church choirs in her earliest years. She dove full-force into the music industry when she fronted The Grievous Angels, a pioneering band on Toronto’s nascent roots-music scene in the mid-to-late ‘80s. The band’s second album, the Juno-Award-nominated One Job Town, earned a national following and rave reviews, with many critics singling out Rumball’s voice for special mention.
Leaving the band to better find her own voice – both physical and creative – Rumball journeyed toward self-recovery by travelling all over the American South, where so much of the history of blues, jazz, gospel and storytelling lies.
Sue & Dwight
Sue and Dwight are a folk roots duo, originally from Winnipeg and now living in Toronto. Their music is strongly influenced by their journey from the prairies to the big city and travel in East Africa. Lyrics are honest and insightful with themes of peace, courage, and social justice, conveyed through rich harmonies. Through gentle persuasion the songs remind us not to lose sight of what’s really important in the world. Without pretension, they share their songs and stories while creating a warm atmosphere at their live shows. Rich harmonies are front and centre in their musical arrangements, supported by laid-back guitars, piano, and accordion.