September 5, 2005 - Bill is honoured with 'The Alberta Centennial Award' for his contribution to the Community
August 28 - Eivør & Bill rock Denmark's 2005 Tønder Festival...
Bill Bourne & Eivør Pálsdóttir in Denmark - photo source unknown
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Faroese Proverb..."eg veit ikki - eg eti pannukøkur" - ( "i don't know - i eat pancakes" )
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Voodoo King - still generating reviews...
bill bourne 'live' - photo source unknown
Bill Bourne - Voodoo King
bill bourne 'live' in Spain - photo source unknown
Here we have a very personal, gritty blues crossing the border from Canada. Upon first encounter with Bill Bourne, Juno Awards winner and seven time nominee, you might think Tom Waits, then as his particular blend of ravaged poetry, Cajun and Celtic traditional entwines both heart and imagination, you'll hear Bourne for what he truly is: his own man.
There's a resurgent spirit journeying the bits and bytes of Voodoo King. On his eighth disc, Bourne's fringe romantics - or as he atmospherically rhapsodizes "those bound for glory or bound to disappear" - make their way through this world anyway they can. Throughout, Bourne infuses this journey with an imaginative and intuitive blend of world roots music and an anthemic spirituality.
Bourne's taken many a long road less traveled from his affiliation with Scotland's acclaimed Tannahill Weavers nearly two decades ago. On mesmerizing tracks like the gutsy Portland, the African high-life inspired Holy Holy, the title track, and the emotional, scat-charged closer Grace, you'll be grateful for every mile he's crossed.
Hilfiger Heaven (Intro)
The Ballad of Moses Jane
Produced by Bill Bourne & Lester Quitzau
Distributed online by True North Records - Bill Bourne - 'Voodoo King' - 2002
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Michael Jurkovic
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
"an eerily beautiful recording" - Greg Quill - The Toronto Star
"Stellar." - Douglas Sloan - Metronome Magazine
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'Dance & Celebrate with Queen Elizabeth II'
May 23, 2005 - Join us for the Alberta Centennial Kick-off Party at Commonwealth Stadium
in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Bill will perform 'Dance & Celebrate' for the Queen and Prince Philip and approx 58,000 friends. The show starts at
2:00 PM and goes until around 6:00 PM. Bill plays around 3. He'll be joined by The Free Radio Band (version 27?)
and a 6 piece choir, The Black Pioneer Heritage Singers. The show features a wide range of performers - come 'PARTAY'!
for more info click here
A native of Hong Kong, Aysha Wills is only 10 years old. She plays flute and sings like a pro 3 times her age, and was also willing and able to inspire 56 members of The Edmonton Symphony, Senator Tommy Banks, an 88 piece choir, numerous solo acts and bands, The Winspear Centre, The Mayor, The Premier of Alberta and thousands of volunteers and supporters to produce 'Higher Ground - Tsunami Children's Concert', and effectively raise over $650,000.00 to help the children affected by the disaster. I was fortunate enough to be involved with writing the song Higher Ground, and performed it with Aysha & Gary Koliger, and the aforesaid 56 & 88 pieces as conducted by Michael Massey.
Thanks to Gary Koliger for the call, to Aysha for the inspiration and smiles, to all the beautiful musicians, to Shane & Betty for organizing, and to everyone for support. This was an inspiring, and effective, event.
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'Portland', the video from the 'Voodoo King' CD, is nominated for 3 AMPIA Awards
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Eivør (pro. 'Iver') Pálsdóttir (pro. 'Paul'sDaughter)
March 3 was the official release date in Canada, of Eivør Pálsdóttir's new disc, 'eivør'. The event was marked by an Eivør & Bill concert at The Dream Cafe`, in Penticton, B.C. - 'best meets best'.
Eivør Pálsdóttir - 'eivør'...Produced by Bill Bourne
12 Tonar (www.12tonar.is)...www.eivor.com
'eivør' is available at fine record stores across Canada and
from Spirit River Distribution... www.spiritriver.com
Eivør Pálsdóttir bio
Bill Bourne & Eivør Pálsdóttir - photo by Stuart Bish
quotes & reviews
"While Eivør's singing voice is fantastic in English, I'll admit to preferring the tracks sung in Icelandic,
Swedish or Faroese. There's something enchanting about not knowing the first thing about what she's saying
but still appreciating the beauty of her voice."
- Iain Ilich - VUE Magazine - Edmonton, Canada
"Eivør Pálsdóttir can sing, boy, can she sing! A twenty-year old
performer from the Faroe Islands, this album smacks of a maturity far
beyond her years and a vocal confidence that is quite astounding. On a
mix of originals and covers Eivør demonstrates equal comfort with
smoky torch songs, blues and country-tinged ballads, and modern folk
pieces. And while all over the map stylistically, the constants of
Eivør's voice and collaborator/producer Bill Bourne hold the album
together nicely. From the laid-back vibe of two Bourne songs and
Townes Van Zandt's "If I needed you", to the rawness of Eivør's
"Trollabundin" (which shows that she can write as well as she sings)
and the slow country burn of her "Sweet sweet song", the mood tends
towards the introspective, the most obvious instrumentation in many
cases being fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Lyrically Eivør favours
songs of love, peace, and spirit, quite in keeping with Bourne's own
gentle presence. Particularly striking is their duet on "Mar leingist"
("I'm yearning") where Eivør sings in Faroese and Bourne in English.
Immaculately produced, heartfelt, and eclectic, this is a nice
addition to the singer songwriter pantheon that should raise Eivør's
profile in North America substantially."
- By Richard Thornley - Penguin Eggs
"This is the Green River...love grows lush on the banks." - anon
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"...bittersweet moods that draw you back again and again. This powerful CD's 11 masterful songs are full
of broken hearts and reflective regrets balanced by a streetwise philosophy of acceptance."
- Gary Joyner - Acoustic Guitar...read more reviews here
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One function of this web site is to help illuminate the efforts of orgs like Change for Children. Helping children is the most important work, and it has a priceless reward. Please support Change For Children.
Free Radio Music, publisher of the Voodoo King CD, donates a portion of the royalties generated by the sale of Voodoo King CDs to Change For Children.
To buy Voodoo King visit 'Recordings' on this web site
on BB - by Tom Russell
"I always thought Bill Bourne should have starred with Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood in
'The Unforgiven.' He's a goddamn movie star, I'd say, with that black top hat and card shark face.
More importantly, he is a 'shining light' in the 'North American' Folk Roots scene. He sings, plays guitar and writes with deep soul, and on the current musical landscape these talents constitute a revolutionary act of ART.
Listen to Bill Bourne; get Religion, brother and sister. This is the real thing."
El Paso, Texas
PS Hello Bill
(yo Tom - thanks...)
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