Chris­tine Fel­lows

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Roses on the Vine

Chris­tine Fel­lows writes about peo­ple. Her 2007 al­bum, Nev­er­the­less,

fo­cused on the life of writer Mar­i­anne Moore and artist Joseph Cor­nell; 2011’s Femmes de chez nous cel­e­brated women in the con­text of Franco-Man­i­to­ban his­tory. Now, with Roses on the Vine,

she brings dy­namism to her mu­sic, as she dives into the lives and works of women who in­spire her own cre­ation. Roses on the Vine is speck­led with vis­ual artists, film­mak­ers, chore­og­ra­phers and Fel­lows’ own fam­ily and friends. With this, her sev­enth al­bum, Fel­lows lets her at­ten­tion linger on the ways in which we take care of each other. Her voice lilts gen­tly over melodies writ­ten on a ukulele, then is of­ten pro­pelled by added in­stru­men­ta­tion: a growth par­al­lel to her char­ac­ters’ and to her own song­writ­ing method­ol­ogy. Change is also rep­re­sented through the sea­sons. There is the win­ter de­tailed in the thud and sparkle of “One More for the Road,” then au­tumn eeri­ness in the plucked melodies of “Spell to Bring Lost Crea­tures Home” (re­leased as a sin­gle to co­in­cide with Hal­loween), and the lov-

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