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Catherine MacLellan

Folk/roots singer-songwriter

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Matching pure and ethereal vocals with poetic lyrics and her uncompromising songwriting craft, there's no doubt as to why Catherine MacLellan has become one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada, and around the world, by her contemporaries and media alike.

Voted "Critics Favourite New Discovery" by Penguin Eggs Magazine in 2008, MacLellan has quickly built up a loyal fan base and has been a hit with critics worldwide. Her last album Church Bell Blues hit No. 1 on the iTunes Canada Roots charts, received critical acclaim and comparisons to Joni Mitchell from international publications such as Q, Maverick, fRoots, the Austin Chronicle, and the Boston Globe. She toured with Bruce Cockburn in the U.S. and with Steve Forbert in the U.K., and showcased in Paris, Cannes, Berlin, New York, London, and Memphis.

Her latest album, Water in the Ground, is MacLellan's third release — a strong collection that testifies to her reputation as a prolific and gifted songwriter, and features some of the most prominent roots musicians in Canada, including Treasa Levasseur, Justin Rutledge and David Baxter.

As a child, MacLellan didn’t have to look far for inspiration. She's the daughter of Canadian music legend, singer-songwriter Gene MacLellan, the writer of such huge international '70s hits as "Snowbird" (Anne Murray) and "Put Your Hand In The Hand" (Ocean).

After high school and a year in Australia, MacLellan moved to Toronto, and began playing open mic nights in folk clubs. On relocating back to PEI, the passion gradually became a vocation. Through a band, The New Drifts, and then old-time country group Saddle River, MacLellan honed her skills as a performer. With the release of her debut album Dark Dream Midnight, she ventured into the Quebec and Ontario markets, to positive response.

The PEI-raised, now Halifax-based MacLellan has certainly been embraced by the Atlantic Canadian audience, as evidenced by two 2005 PEI Music Awards for Dark Dream Midnight and the four 2006 Awards for her second album, Church Bell Blues, as well as multiple East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nominations in 2006 and 2007. Most recently, MacLellan won four more PEI Music Awards in 2010, for folk recording, album (both for Water in the Ground), female vocalist and SOCAN songwriter of the year (for the song "Take a Break").


Water in the Ground (2009)
Church Bell Blues (2007)
Dark Dream Midnight (2004)

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