TRENT SEV­ERN

Trent Sev­ern Self-re­leased ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS SHUFFLE - JOE BREEN

Trent Sev­ern is a wa­ter­way in south­ern On­tario. It is also the name adopted by a trio of Cana­dian women who say their Cana­di­ana mu­sic is “fu­elled by the folk­lore of On­tario” and whose lyrics “pay trib­ute to Cana­dian le­gends”. The con­cept of “Cana­di­ana” hints at the broader is­sue of Cana­dian iden­tity though it shares the same in­flu­ences as “Amer­i­cana”. This trio in­cludes multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Emm Gryner, who a few years back recorded an al­bum of con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish songs. Along with vi­o­lin­ist Laura Bates and fel­low singer-song­writer Dayna Man­ning, Gryner has pulled to­gether an en­gag­ing col­lec­tion of folk-ish songs driven by a DIY ethic. Har­monies are very spe­cial, not least on the open­ing Snowy Soul, Free­dom and Tr­us­cott, and the influence of CSN is ap­par­ent. Tunes such as Wild One and An­swers sound clunky, but this is a promis­ing col­lec­tion. trent­sev­ern.ca Down­load tracks: Snowy Soul, Free­dom

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