Georges Dupuis, CFUV-FM University of Victoria, “Music of the Last Century”
The best full album I heard in 2017 was this one but I haven’t played it yet on my show, because I haven’t found a way to listen to it without becoming emotionally involved, and ya gotta be cool if you’re gonna be live; “I’d do it again” brings tears just on the thinking about it, but I’ll get there.
Meanwhile this just popped up as the second single and I have a feeling when I get through the 20 webisodes on the y2b that she’s put documenting this project. that it will wind up being my best film of 2018.
Arlene Bishop’s setting of her songs is within the glowing embrace of more than 30 voices, many of whom she is personally close to (and boy does that ever make a difference and with such unity of soul, they might as well just be an extension of her own). The long talks between songs on the album hold up on themselves as a songwriter confessional that will have you laughing as much as they did.
Producer, songwriter, performer Kevin Quain dropped off this note:
“I’m listening to your new record right now it’s gorgeous and hilarious and inspiring and you can quote me on that. If I ever I do a live record I’m definitely calling it ‘A Hostage Situation’* ”
ED: *which is an inside joke from the album…not about listening to it 🙂
Check out this lovely feature written by by Roxanne Tellier in muso legend blog Bob Segarini: Don’t Believe a Word I Say
“Lotsa good names, there.
I will confess that I was dying to be part of her movable feast. However, I was a little shy, and living in Scarborough. The travel time alone would have been horrendous.
Still wish I’d done it, though. Sometimes I can be a real wuss.”
Highly-acclaimed Toronto singer/songwriter Arlene Bishop launched her fifth album, Together Tonight, with a show at Hugh’s Room Live this week. Her most ambitious project yet, the collection was recorded live-in-front-of-the-audience and features 30 guest singers and a band she jointly terms The Spirit of Adventure.
The impressive list of guest singers (a vorchestra) includes John Alcorn, Meryn Cadell, Tory Cassis, John Copping, Hotcha!, Heather Morgan, Adam Faux, Fergus Hambleton, Terra Hazelton, Blair Packham, Robert Priest, David Sereda, and Julian Taylor. Word is the concert was smashing.