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Boreal | Winter's Welcome (feat. Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon & Jude Vadala)

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Winter's Welcome (feat. Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon & Jude Vadala)

by Boreal

Three angelic voices, glorious harmonies, and a sophisticated collection of homespun winter-themed songs and holiday classics - the perfect accompaniment to a glowing fire and a mug of hot chocolate.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Winter's Welcome
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2. Angel Song
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3. Carol of the Bells
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4. In the Bleak Midwinter
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5. Gotta Go
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6. Silence of the Snow
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7. Baby King
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8. So Much Snow
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9. Star of the East
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10. I'll Be Home for Christmas
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11. Shovelling Snow
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12. Silent Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With three angelic voices, glorious harmonies, and a collection of homespun
winter-themed originals and holiday classics, Boreal is the perfect
antidote to a cold winter’s night -- and the perfect accompaniment to a
glowing fire and a mug of hot chocolate.

Former Bird Sisters Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala have been teaming up
with solo artist and Betty and the Bobs vocalist Katherine Wheatley each
winter, touring their snowy-season side-project through community halls and concert series each December.
After 8 years of shows and much prodding from their fans, they’ve called themselves “Boreal” and released their debut CD, "Winter’s Welcome".
The album opens with the strolling title track, co-written by Wheatley and
Guelph-based song-writing veteran James Gordon. Next up is Vadala’s
breathtaking “Angel Song,” haunting covers of “Carol of the Bells” and “In
the Bleak Midwinter,” and Slimmon’s cheerful, sprightly original “Gotta
Go.” There’s also a rockin’ rendition of Marc Cohn’s gospel number “Baby
King.”

The spare instrumentation is comprised mainly of strings and atmospheric
percussion – bells, brushes, wooden blocks – leaving plenty of space to
showcase the soaring vocals of three of Canada’s finest harmony singers.

During a career that has spanned more than 30 years, Tannis Slimmon has
been a core member of the legendary harmony group the Bird Sisters and sung
harmony for the Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies and Grievous Angels among
countless others. She earned the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Award for
Contemporary Vocalist of the Year for her solo album Lucky Blue. She’s
also earned countless honours for her song-writing and performances. Lucky
Blue was named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2008 in the Penguin Eggs
magazine annual critics’ poll. It earned a Porcupine ‘Golden Quill Award’
for song-writing, and was 16th on the Galaxie Folk/Roots Channel’s Top
Spins of 2008. The song “Earnest, Charlie and Allen” garnered an
Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Roots Song. Tannis’ 2001 album Oak
Lake won the Porcupine Award for Favourite Album of 2001, and her signature
song, “There’s a Lift” received the Orillia Folk Society’s Songs for Living
Rooms prize.

Like Tannis, Jude Vadala made a name for herself as a member of the Bird
Sisters and has gone on to release two solo albums and work on more than
fifty musical projects with artists such as Suzi Vinnick, Lynn Miles and
James Gordon. She is also the co-founder of Guelph’s Hillside Festival.

And geologist-turned-folk singer Katherine Wheatley performs more than 100
concerts a year as a solo artist while also singing with the harmony group
Betty and the Bobs and playing guitar in Wendell Ferguson’s band. Her song
“Hallelujah” won a 2009 Porcupine Golden Quill award and has become a
standard in sing-along circles. Her 2010 solo show in Charlottetown was
selected "Performance of the Year” by the Guardian. Two of her songs were
also selected for the new Rise Again songbook (30th anniversary publication
of Rise Up). The Toronto Star once wrote that Katherine "turns pebbles of
everyday life into dreamy mountains of song." She has been a featured
vocalist on CBC Radio’s Vinyl Café, and her music has been featured in film
and on TV. She writes and records songs with kids through her Youthsongs
program and has produced 20 CDs with schools across North America. She’s
also been a singer/zodiac driver on board Gadventure’s ship The MS
Expedition as it plies the seas of Antarctica and the Norwegian Arctic.

Together, Katherine, Jude and Tannis have compiled a collection of songs
that cut through the winter cold to celebrate the warmth and togetherness
of the holiday season -- and the beauty of the snow-covered landscape.

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