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by The McDades

Winner - 2007 Juno Award, for the Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group)- Best World Group & Best Instrumental Group 2006, Canadian Folk Music Awards. A hot second CD by this tight Canadian 5 piece.
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Album Notes
"Crafting a new Canadian sound."

NEWS ..... SEP 14th 2007 - BLOOM is Nominated for 2 Western Canadian Music Awards.

WINNER of the 2007 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of The Year - Group.

WINNER of the 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best World Group & Best Instrumental Group.

WINNER of the 2007 Independent Music Award for Best World Album (traditional).

Punching through the walls of tradition, The McDades’ celtic rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation and infectious global rhythms. Their cutting edge sound is the perfect complement to their fiery performances. “It’s hot stuff and very entertaining.” (Tom Knapp, Dirty Linen)

At the heart of the group are siblings Shannon, Solon & Jeremiah who grew up playing Canadian folk music alongside their parents and among artists from around the world, a unique upbringing that led to a love and respect for all music. Their groundbreaking compositions and innovative arrangements are characterized by stunning virtuosity and a near-telepathic interaction on
stage. Shannon’s lyrical fiddle, Jeremiah’s searing winds and Solon’s smooth bass create the rich foundation for this adventurous band.

The siblings are joined by Andy Hillhouse, a multi-faceted guitarist whose influences range from mariachi to funk to choral music, and François Taillefer, a magnetic handdrumming nomad who has traveled the world studying ethnic rhythms on percussion. The musical diversity of this tight five-piece celebrates the very idea of what it means to be a Canadian musician.

With vocal harmonies that can only come from a family, and an obvious love for each other and their music, The McDades’ sound is immersed in the spirit of improvisation. Featuring both energetic instrumentals and sensitive vocals performed in English and French, this compelling and dynamic group “find their groove somewhere between a down-home kitchen party, a jazzy after hours club, and a folk festival.” (London Free Press)

With the release of their second CD “Bloom”, The McDades continue to stretch the boundaries of modern tradition.



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Regina Leader-Post

Bloom reviewed in Regina Leader _ Post
If you like Celtic music, then you have to check out The McDades latest CD, Bloom, where The McDades take Celtic and francophone folk music to the next level, fusing it with jazz improvisation, Middle Eastern melodies and multi-ethnic percussion.

There is a mix of songs on the CD, from instrumental only, to some sung in English and others sung in French.

The album features virtuoso fiddling ability and terrific vocal harmonies that only a family can have.

Siblings Solon McDade (bass), Jeremiah McDade (woodwinds) and Shannon Johnson (fiddle), who hail from Alberta, are the core of the group. Together, with Francois Taillefer (drums) and Andy Hillhouse (guitar), they're a powerful quintet that pushes the boundaries of traditional music.

The McDades are creating a new brand of music with their multicultural mixed sound that makes them exciting to listen to.

Bloom is the band's second CD, and their talents haven't gone unrecognized. The McDades, Juno-award winners, have also won awards at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and another award at the Independent Music Awards.

The McDades have been performing since they were children. Years of practice have created the virtuoso talent that can be found on Bloom.

-- Kelly-Anne Riess

Read Trammel

The McDades Bloom is such a great mixture of genres. The album doesn't sound like anything else I own and I can't stop listening to it. I would call them Celtic, but they also sing in French and have an Eastern European vibe. I guess the best description of The McDades would be that they sound Canadian. If you like interesting, unique music played by outstanding musicians, then I definitely recommend this album.


Is this Celtic or Middle Eastern? Wait a minute... aren't The McDades from Alberta? I saw this group stun the Folk Alliance crowd in Nashville a few years ago and today they are even better. A family band with years of experience,
you cannot pigeon-hole them. Their instrumentals start with an Irish flair, but feature jazz like solos and arrangements. The melodies seem influenced by Eastern European style time signatures, often featuring bass solos, and Jeremiah McDade almost cannot contain himself on flutes and whistles. He just explodes. The group has male and female lead singers, good song selection, and they don't copy what they listen to.

Jim Blum

melissa m.

Powerful and haunting. A mixture of French folk, Celtic melodies, and middle Eastern rhythms. The music sucks you in and refuses to let go. I listened to it from beginning to end at least four times before changing the CD.