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Penny Sidor | Days of August

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Days of August

by Penny Sidor

A folksinger & songwriter of wit, humour and conscience, with a voice to die for.
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take Me Home Trucking Man
4:24 album only
2. So Young
3:00 album only
3. Farewell and Fairwinds
3:56 album only
4. Sovay
2:18 album only
5. Mean Talk
3:17 album only
6. Slip Jigs and Reels
7:04 album only
7. Salmon Circle
3:16 album only
8. Labour Pain
3:45 album only
9. Days of August
3:17 album only
10. Trouble In Paradise
3:21 album only
11. Global Economies
4:12 album only
12. Ice Cream
3:32 album only


Album Notes
BIO - Penny Sidor

There is something to be said for becoming a songwriter at the age of 55. Life-experience, maturity, wit, humour and skill are woven into the original songs on Penny Sidor’s
Days of August.

Penny became a song collector at age 10. The music of the household (which was in Whitby, Ontario) was classic folk – Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, the Weavers, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs. At age 11, she bought a guitar from a friend for $5, and by 13 she was singing in local coffee houses every weekend.

For many years, Penny sang traditional music almost exclusively, mastering the art of unaccompanied singing, becoming a fine ballad singer and acquiring considerable admiration in ‘trad. anon.’ circles. She went on to obtain a music degree from York University in 1981, where she studied voice and improvisation.

After moving to Vancouver from Toronto in 1985, Penny settled into teaching voice, specializing in working with ‘the terrified’. In 1995, she founded and produced the WomenFriends Music & Creativity Camps which generated an international community of singers, writers, dancers, painters, sculptors - artists of any discipline. Participants considered these weekends a ‘temporary utopia’.

As wonderful as these activities were, they took Penny away from her own singing and songwriting. Felled by chronic fatigue in 2005 and forced to rest, songs began to bubble up to the surface, one after the other. In June of 2007, after a particularly inspiring weekend at the Red Cedar Songwriter Camp (produced by Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau), they fairly gushed.

Days of August was born soon after, with the help of producer and recording engineer,
David Essig and most of the Gabriola Island music community.

Days of August contains 9 originals, 2 covers and one traditional ballad. The songs traverse a range of styles, from hurtin’ songs to humour, with a dollop of politics in between. Each song is a stand-alone gem, very different from the next.



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