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First Bloom

by Edith Wallace

First Bloom (a double album set) is Edith Wallace’s fourth release; chronicling a new beginning for this prolific song-writer with a passionate and memorable voice.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Bless the Scar
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2. Little Bit of Rain
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3. Bonny Wee Baby
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4. Dragonflies
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5. Boy
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6. Three Old Men
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7. Take Your Shirt Off
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8. Driving Through the Dark
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9. Edith
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10. Blue Dasies
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11. Where You've Never Been
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12. Tangles
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13. Honey Tree
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14. Saskatchewan Homestead
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15. Bare
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16. Lipstick
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17. Soiled Dove
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18. Face of God
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19. Mountain Man
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20. First Bloom
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21. Wyoming Into Spring
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Album Notes
First Bloom (a double album set) is Edith Wallace’s fourth release; chronicling a new beginning for this prolific song-writer with a passionate and memorable voice. The songs that appear on First Bloom were written in the aftermath of an abrupt, profoundly life-changing break-up. The album is the story of a woman reclaiming herself, unfolding into a new (terrifying, exciting) sense of her own freedom and strength. It’s about emphatically not fitting into the boxes that society sets out for middle-aged women; about coming into one’s own and truly blossoming for the first time, several decades into adulthood.

The journey to First Bloom was literal as well as metaphorical. In April 2014, reeling from the drastic change that had overtaken her life, Edith got into her tiny blue Toyota and headed out from Vancouver on a 15,000-kilometre solo road trip. She drove through Alberta and Saskatchewan, and continued south of the border through Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, Tennessee, North Carolina and Arkansas…and then kept on going, all the way back home (joined on the last leg by her daughter Lindsay). She performed in house concerts and church halls everywhere she went, and as she travelled from town to town, she wrote song after song behind the wheel, memorizing lyrics and melodies as she went so that she could transcribe them later.
When it came time to go into the recording studio, she had over 50 songs to choose from. With long-time friend and trusted colleague Michael Creber in the producer’s chair, First Bloom took shape. “It was amazing,” Edith says, “how so many of the broken-hearted songs of betrayal and anger and grief eventually got cut, and replaced by newer ones about healing, and hope, and learning new things. I’m still mourning, still scared and vulnerable – but life does go on. I’ve realized that it’s possible to be sad and joyous at the same time; more than that, it’s okay to be both.”

A music industry colleague once said of Edith: “Sometimes you’ve got to bury your ego and acknowledge that there’s someone undiscovered out there who is so talented and deserving that it’s futile to compare her talent to yours —you just get out of the way and alert everyone who needs to hear her.” Edith’s songs have never been easily categorized; they’re a little bit folk, a little bit pop, a little bit adult contemporary…but there are common threads: Edith’s passionate, memorable voice, and her compelling ability to find truth, beauty and humour in the travails of every-day life. All this is true of First Bloom, with an added helping of personal courage, and hard-won clarity of artistic vision. It’s a double album, a wealth of stories expressed in 21 songs that will reach out and lift the spirits of all who listen.



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