Singing the win­ter away

Shel­burne folk duo re­leases new al­bum

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Look­ing for a new sound­track to your hol­i­day sea­son? Nam­ing the Twins’ new al­bum will help you Sing the Win­ter Away.

Pro­duced by Bill Gar­rett of Bo­re­alis Records, Sing the Win­ter Away is an al­bum of orig­i­nal songs cel­e­brat­ing win­ter and Christ­mas. The video to the ti­tle track, Sing the Win­ter Away, was re­leased on Youtube on Nov. 23. (https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=nz­ma30­mugms)

This is the fourth full-length al­bum re­leased by Nam­ing the Twins, com­prised of Rob­bie

Smith and Kath­leen Glauser. The pop­u­lar Shel­burne folk duo is cur­rently hard at work tour­ing. In Novem­ber, Nam­ing the Twins toured in On­tario and the United States. Serendip­ity — and a lit­tle help from a friend — played a role in get­ting them there.

Rich War­ren sup­ported them by play­ing their songs on his syn­di­cated ra­dio show, The Mid­night Spe­cial, as well as Folk­stage — a weekly live-to-ra­dio con­cert se­ries — on Chicago’s WFMT ra­dio sta­tion.

Over the years, War­ren re­peat­edly in­vited Nam­ing the Twins to Chicago, but their pre­vi­ous U.S. tour sched­ules never took them in that di­rec­tion at that time of year … un­til now.

It all started when Nam­ing the Twins was cho­sen for the Suzi Wol­len­berg Folk DJ Show­case, which opened the North­east Re­gional Folk Al­liance Con­fer­ence on Nov. 9. They were pre­sented by none other than War­ren, who had never heard them per­form live be­fore.

“He nor­mally would never present any­one at this show­case un­less he’d al­ready heard them live, so he was tak­ing a bit of a chance,” Glauser says. “He said, ‘You’d bet­ter be as good as your records are!’ No pres­sure, right?”

Glauser went on to de­scribe the sit­u­a­tion as “The kind of of­fer that you don’t say no to.”

“You say yes, you clap your hands in glee, and then you turn around and go, ‘Oh my good­ness, how are we go­ing to make that work?’”

Once they ac­cepted the gig, Glauser and Smith started mapping out a tour route and pre­par­ing for this show­case.

To op­ti­mize their travel, Nam­ing the Twins ap­plied for the VIA Rail Artists on Board se­ries, which took them from Hal­i­fax to Mon­treal in ex­change for per­form­ing on board. They per­formed sev­eral con­certs in

On­tario and Illi­nois, and then re­turned to Nova Sco­tia on Nov. 28 — once again tak­ing part in Artists on Board to sing their way back home.

The train per­for­mances proved to be es­pe­cially mem­o­rable, in part be­cause pas­sen­gers were in­vited to sing along with Nam­ing the Twins.

“Peo­ple seem to be un­be­liev­ably in­ter­ested in the ‘singing on board’ thing,” Glauser says. “I have no idea why, but peo­ple’s eyes light up and they get all ex­cited.”

Through­out this tour, Nam­ing the Twins have been in­tro­duc­ing songs from their new CD — which is per­fect for the hol­i­day sea­son.

“The Christ­mas songs we’ve done so far have all been origin- al,” Smith ex­plains. “Peo­ple have ex­pressed how re­fresh­ing it is to have new Christ­mas songs and new win­ter ma­te­rial. Also, we’ve been get­ting a lot of re­ally great feed­back about the lyrics and how mean­ing­ful they are … which is re­ally grat­i­fy­ing, as a song­writer.”

In De­cem­ber, Nam­ing the Twins launched a se­ries of con­certs in Nova Sco­tia, start­ing out at the Osprey Arts Cen­tre in Shel­burne (Dec. 1), then con­tin­u­ing on to Sip Café in Yar­mouth (Dec. 2) and Horton Ridge Malt and Grain Com­pany in Hor­tonville (Dec. 4).

On Dec. 5, they'll per­form at the Car­leton Mu­sic Bar and Grill in Hal­i­fax. On Dec. 6 they’re set to play Holy Trin­ity Angli­can Church in Bridge­wa­ter, fol­lowed up by shows at Lane’s Pri­va­teer Inn in Liver­pool (Dec. 11) and the Dawn Oman Art Gallery in Bridgetown (Dec. 12).Their tour re­sumes in Jan­uary in the east­ern U.S.

Sing the Win­ter Away is avail­able on­line (itunes, Google Play, CD Baby, Ama­zon and Spo­tify), at Char­lotte Lane Café & Gift Shop in Shel­burne, at all Nam­ing the Twins con­certs and on their web­site (www.nam­ing­th­etwins.com).

Lisa Buchanan

Kath­leen Glauser (left) and Rob­bie Smith are the pop­u­lar Shel­burne folk duo, Nam­ing the Twins.

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