August 30, 2013
ABSOLUTELY OTTAWA featuring the award winning episode "Strings" airs this Sunday September 1st at 11:00 AM on CBC Television in Ottawa.
"Strings" is a music documentary that features some of the region's top musicians of string instruments. Explore the sounds of classical, contemporary and cross-cultural, and meet our versatile and virtuosic guests: Kelly Prescott, April Verch, Caroline Leonardelli, Kerson Leong, Lucas Haneman, Lynne Hanson, and Yadong Guan.
So be sure to tune into Absolutely Ottawa this Sunday at 11:00 AM on CBC Television!
June 25, 2013
We're back from our UK tour and what a time we had! First off I have to say it was an absolute THRILL to open for Steve Forbert at the legendary 100 Club in London. The history of the room is crazy, having hosted blues greats Muddy Waters and BB King, bands like The Who and The Kinks, and punk legends The Clash and the Sex Pistols just to name a few. And bands like The Rolling Stones have used the club for secret warm up shows before world tours and festivals. There was even a picture of Alice Cooper being backed up on guitar by Johnny Depp. very. cool.
Coolest name for a gig has to have been Grateful Fred's in Formby (Liverpool). This is also where we acquired “Fred” our tour mascot. You can check out his adventures as well as pics from the tour here.
I had some serious band envy opening for Eve Selis at The Institute in Kelvedon. Those boys could PLAY. Eve was absolutely fantastic and I am now her biggest fan! You really should check her out if you aren't already familiar.
The tour did have one challenge ... my guitar pickup decided this was the time to stop working. But James Partridge from The Institute saved the day by lending me his Martin guitar for my last two shows. Yes he let me take his guitar with me to London and trusted that I would return it. What a guy!!
A huge thanks to everyone for making this the best UK tour ever – can't wait to be back in 2014!
June 4, 2013
Less than a week till we take off across the pond for the third UK tour in 15 months! Lots of solo dates this time around, and a few new additions so check out the upcoming shows page!
Speaking of upcoming shows I'm running band rehearsals as we speak for this Saturday June 8 WESTFEST show. It's going to be fabulous, it's FREE and its a personal favorite so get yourself down to Westboro from June 6-9!
And because I don't have enough to do I'll be co-hosting Canadian Spaces this Saturday June 8 on CKCU 93.1 FM here in Ottawa with Chris White. So tune in from 10am till noon for some awesome music and a few interviews. I was originally just going to be a guest so maybe that means I'll interview myself!!
March 27, 2013
June 2013 UK dates so far ... head on over to the upcoming shows page for all the details.
Feb 16, 2013
This week"Strings" will broadcast to a national audience on CBC's specialty channel, BOLD TV. Strings is a music documentary featuring some of the best string players in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. From the guitar-strumming, pipa-playing musicians themselves, they share their songs and stories about their musical journey.
Fiddle: April Verch
Guitar: Kelly Prescott, Lucas Haneman, Lynne Hanson
Harp: Caroline Léonardelli
Pipa: Yadong Guan
Violin: Kerson Leong
Watch Strings on BOLD TV: 277 Rogers, 641 Bell Expressvu, 512 Shaw Direct, 96 Shaw, 166 Cogeco, 106 Vidéotron.
Feb. 21 - 11:00 / 18:00 / 22:00 / 29:00 ET
Feb. 22 - 11:00 ET
Feb. 23 - 07:00 / 14:00 ET
Jan 5, 2013
I had meant to post my New Years reflections January 1st but all of a sudden we're 5 days in and I still haven't taken time out to type out my thoughts from the past year and what's around the corner. Which brings me to my number one resolution for 2013 ... to prioritize. Now I'm pretty sure this resolution is on more than a few lists and maybe a few of you have aready even fallen off that wagon But I'm gonna do my best to stick to it.
2012 was a pretty fantastic year, and included two tours to the UK - one as support for Gretchen Peters and the other supporting Steve Forbert (along with a few solo dates). Both of these Nashville singer-songerwriters have been nominated for Grammys and were touring brand new records.
Big Dave took care of the driving, the merch and all the other details along the way which made my job a LOT easier. Touring can be gruelling and having someone along to haul equipement and make sure dinner arrives is worth its weight in gold. We had some free days during the October tour so got to visit some very impressive castles and countryside, and even the home of Robin Hood!
I also managed to fit in a tour to Germany with the hugely talented Lyndell Montgomery accompanying me on fiddle and bass. A day off in Berlin meant that I got to be a tour guide for the city which is a wonderful way to experience the sights for the second time. On the flip side Lyndell was quite gracious in not laughing when I was unable to climb all the stairs in the Cologne Catherdral due to my terror of heights.
Back at home I opened some shows for Kelly Joe Phelps and Ruthie Foster. I've been a huge fan of Kelly Joe for some time (I even have one of his instructional DVDs!) so this was a definitely a bucket-list experience. Ruthie and her band were jaw droppingly good and a delight to be around as well, and her latest record has been nominated for a Grammy!
Needless to say, being around this much talent was hugely inspiring and I'm currently busy writing for my fourth record which I'm hoping to release some time in early 2014. One of the new songs (That Old House) was video taped for a Songs From The Shed session (UK).
My television career got a little boost as well as our episode of All For Nothing aired. Seems like a lifetime ago that we were tearing up kitchens and bathrooms! We could NOT have done it though without a great deal of support, including all of you who contributed to the cause by buying CDsand making donations. I also filmed a session for the CBC series "Strings" which aired over the summer, as well as a performance / interview for CKCU that will air this winter on Rogers TV.
Things are starting to develop for 2013. Dates are being booked in the UK for mid-June and I've got a few other irons in the fire. More soon and till then all the best to all of you for 2013!
Nov 24, 2012
Video from my "Songs From the Shed" session this past October while on tour in the UK are now posted. There are unplugged versions of Mary Mary, Here We Go Again and That Old House. You can check it out here.
Oct 21, 2012
Great time was had in the UK and Ireland. The first ever Cornucopia Festival in Driffield was a great way to start things off. Peter and his crew transformed a farm into a wonderful festival ground, and the sun was onside with beautiful weather keeping campers dry. In fact over 20 days we had just 3 days of rain, and seemed like the sun was following us through England, Scotland and Ireland.
Had the opportunity to drop by The Shed (of Songs From the Shed fame). Video for the three songs will be posted on the Shed site in a few weeks. Included will be "That Old House," a brand new song that was performed live for the first time on this tour. I'll be posting the link once the video is posted.
Getting to support Steve Forbert was a real honor as he's one of the finest songwriters I've had the pleasure to be around. I seriously recommend picking up a copy of his new record Over With You.
Tour manager extraordinaire Big Dave was busy snapping pics again. I've posted albums of both the March and October UK tours, as well as some backlog, to the photos page.
Will be spending more time in my own shed over the coming months crafting tunes for the next record.
Sept 24, 2012
Getting ready to hop the Pond to play a couple of solo shows and support shows with Steve Forbert in England, Scotland and Ireland. Very happy to be returning! Full tour details on the shows page.
AND there's an interview with yours truly in the October edition of Acoustic Magazine (on sale September 27).
July 26, 2012
I'll be featured on CBC Radio One's "Bandwidth" this Saturday July 28 at 5:05 p.m. You can tune in on 91.5FM in Ottawa and on CBC Radio One across Ontario (outside the GTA). Or click and listen online ... cbc radio website.
July 25, 2012
We interupt regularly scheduled programming to announce that this coming Saturday July 28th @ 7pm on CBC Ottawa (cable 8) I will be featured along with a number of other very very talented musicians on Absolutely Ottawa, a summer TV series.
Each Saturday, the program explores a different scene in the Ottawa-Gatineau community - from art and music, to documentaries and short films. The second episode is called "Strings" and is a music documentary featuring some of the region’s most versatile and virtuosic musicians:
Fiddler: April Verch
Guitar: Kelly Prescott, Lucas Haneman, Lynne Hanson
Harp: Caroline Léonardelli
Pipa: Yadong Guan
Violin: Kerson Leong
Tune in live or record it on your PVRs for viewing at your earliest convenience! Now back to our regularly scheduled summer ...
May 6, 2012
Spring in Germany was beautiful. Had a great time touring around with the very talented Lyndell Montgomery. Here's a shot from the base of the Cologne Cathedral.
April 8, 2012
Had a fantastic time touring the UK in early March supporting Nashville-based songstress extraordinaire Gretchen Peters. Am off to Germany in 10 days to play a few dates. I'll be accompanied by Lyndell Montgomery, who is an amazing fiddle / bass player. Seriously looking forward to getting back on the Autobahn where there is a zero per cent chance of me getting a speeding ticket. Zoom zoom.
February 25, 2012
Back in June I found out just how difficult it is to lay ceramic tile as part of the All For Nothing reality TV home renovation experience. The episode will finally air this Tuesday February 28th on the W Network at 10pm. Check your local listings for the exact channel in your region. The W Network is only available in Canada, though rumor has it the show itself might at some point get picked up beyond the Great White North. So if you like in Canada, have cable, and would like to see me call another grownup an a**hole be sure to tune in!
I myself will miss the broadcast as I'm off to play some shows in the United Kingdom. Mostly I'll be opening for the amazing Gretchen Peters, but I do have a couple of solo shows too. All the details are listed under the upcoming shows section of the website.
Things are also coming together for my birthday show on March 19th at BDT in Gatineau. It's been a number of years sincce I've played on my ACTUAL birthday which is St Paddy's Day. But it has become a tradition for me to play a show around that time. This year is no different, and it's going to be a doozey with Lyndell Montgomery and Gilles Leclerc lending their significant talents to the music event. Yummy.
January 6, 2012
Happy 2012! To start off the new year, here's an interview I did recently with a Dutch Americana / roots / folk publication called Johnny's Garden ... click here.
December 15, 2011
VERY excited to announce I'll be heading over to the UK this coming March to support Grammy nominated, Nashville folk-country singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters:
March 1 - The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, UK
March 2 - The Arc, Stockton, UK
March 3 - The Met, Bury, UK
March 4 - The Arches, Glasgow, Scotland
March 5 - Opera House, Buxton, UK
March 7 - The Robin 2, Bilston, UK
March 8 - Fibbers, York, UK
I've also got a couple of solo dates:
March 6 - The Enterprise, Camden UK
March 9 - Stage 2, The Stables, Milton Keynes, Wavendon, UK
August 29, 2011
August is coming to a close which means fall is just around the corner. This past summer was fairly quiet playing wise, though i did manage to get out to Lockeport NS for the Harmony Bazaar Women's Festival in July, which was a blast. And debuted a brand new musical collaobation at Ottawa Folk Festival this past weekend playing with Lyndell Montgomery.
I've had a few messages asking when the next record will be coming. I'm here to report that I've finally crawled out of the dark abyss that is creative silence and am once again on speaking terms with my Muse. I've got a couple of collaborations on the go too. So no album in the immediate near term, but the seeds are in the ground,
Looking forward to taking part in the Otown Hoedown again this year in Ottawa. Lefty McRighty has once again outdone himself putting together a fantastic week of music for fans of all things that hint at country. And I'm talking the real stuff.
More soon ... till then Go Bills! Yes. I did say that with a straight face :-)
July 1, 2011
Happy Canada Day!! We're all done with the renovations to our home. Thanks to everyone who donated and ordered CDs!!!!!!!! The episode of All For Nothing will air this winter. I'll post the date when we know the exact date and you can find out how we did!
June 3, 2011
Our house has been selected to be included in an episode of All For Nothing.
The show is one part design transformation series, and one part fast-paced real estate drama that pits homeowner against homeowner in a competition to ready their neglected homes for sale. The catch? We have to attempt to do it all for nothing. Fundraising, bartering and help from friends and family are all key to getting our house ready for sale for as little money out of our pockets as possible. Up for grabs is the commission-free listing services of top real estate agent and host, Paul Rushforth.
April 4, 2011
Happy spring! Here's a new review from Country Music People (UK) ...
Maybe it was the sound of the banjo or perhaps it was the dry vocal delivery, but three songs into Canadian roots songwriter Lynne Hanson's new album I was reminded of one of my favourite artists Mary Gauthier.
The no-nonsense chorus of Riptide with its refrain 'whisky burn, soak my sale, drown my pride, no return, down I go' combines the sentiments of Gauthier's I Drink with the driving rhythm of her Wheel Inside The Wheel.
Once The Sun Goes Down is the third album from the Ottawa-based singersongwriter
and it is a confident, yet under-stated collection of tracks which will keep fans of country, folk, roots and Americana happy.
David Baxter's production is clean and simple allowing Hanson's warm and poetic songs to take centre stage despite an all-star cast of musicians which includes in her core band multiinstrumentalist
David Baxter, drummer Blake Manning, bassist Brian Kobayakawa, Jason Sniderman on keyboard plus her fellow Canadian musician guests Justin Rutledge (banjo), Gilles Leclerc (mandolin, backing vocals), Kevin Fox (cello), Paul Reddick (harmonica), Roman Tome (percussion), and background vocalists Lynn Miles, Jack Marks, Max Heinemann, and Joshua Cockerill.
Like Gauthier, Hanson is a great storyteller through her music, whether it's the regret of the opening track When Lovers Leave or the unrepentant self defence killer in Mary, Mary. Yet her voice has a richer, more melodic tone with shades of Mary Chapin.
One of my favourite tracks was Just For The Ride, one of four songs co-written with Paul Bourdeau, an unashamedly catchy radio-friendly country foot-tapper. Hanson calls her sound 'porch music with a little Texas red dirt' I say there are fertile seeds in that dirt.
- Alison Stokes
February 25, 2011
"A true Maverick of a record... a country record that embraces all influences and
captivates with some wonderful story telling..." - Laura Bethhell, Maverick Magazine UK - 4 stars
January 11, 2011
New review from UNCUT magazine in the UK ...
UNCUT - 4 out of 5 stars
Killer third by Canadian songbird
Never mind that she's from Ottawa, Hanson describes her output as "porch music with a little Texas red dirt". It's a decent reference point for her idiomatic mix of old folk and country, but this record has more in common with the assured touch of Gillian Welch or Lucinda Williams. Indeed, "Riptide" could easily be the best song Welch has yet to write, while"Mary Mary" sounds like something Bobbie Gentry once cooked up. Hanson's intimate tones are given heft by some fine playing by banjoist Justin Rutledge and the lissom guitar lines of producer David Baxter.
December 3, 2010
Here's a new review from Blues Matters (UK)
Once The Sun Goes Down
Lynne Hanson Records
I'm writing this review whilst trapped in my house by around fifteen inches of snow. It is a perfect antidote for this deep winter weather as it has the ability to transport you to a warmer environment. It is a couple of years now since the release of "Eleven Months" and the time has been well spent. All of the cuts on this release are from Lynne's own pen or with that of collaborator Paul Bourdeau. It is nicely produced & engineered by David Baxter in Toronto rather than in her hometown of Ottawa. It contains the best attributes from Folk, Roots, and Country with even a little bit of Bluegrass thrown in for good measure. That is not to say that the album is not focused by having those differing elements, on the contrary. Over the eleven songs there is a thread of linking sound that should appeal to followers of all those genres. Kicking off with 'When Lovers Leave' articulates beautifully the realisation that it is time to move on. 'Rest Of My Days' has the narrator in transition between the past and future temptations to be found in 'Here We Go Again'. In the latter a new romance beckons which is approached with a little trepidation. I loved the line 'I can hear you softly knocking, I stand quiet on the other side, there is still a door between us I know you'd like to open wide'. You can just feel the ache and longing but also the uncertainty. I like this album very much and stand out cuts for me are 'Three Times Bent' 'Somewhere A Lovely Flower', 'Off This Train' and the gentle ballad that closes out the CD 'Lilacs Dancing'. - Graeme Scott
December 1, 2010
Spent a week in Nashville. Played the Billy Block show, was the guest writer at the Bluebird, did some co-writing, AND had sweet potatoes with marshmallows for my first ever American Thanksgiving. All in all a very memorable first visit. After the show at the Bluebird I drove straight through the night back to Toronto in time to sing some bvox on my good friend Bonnie St Croix's new project "Canadian Girl." A fitting end to a very busy fall. Now time to recharge for the new year and tours through Texas, with stops in New Mexico and Oklahoma, as well as Germany and Holland. Mmmm. Poffertjes.
November 16, 2010
Once the Sun Goes Down cracks the top 5 in the EuroAmericana Chart for November.
1 Boris McCutcheon: Wheel of Life (Frogville)
2 Annie Keating: Water Tower View (Self Rel.)
3 Old 97's: The Grand Theatre,Vol. 1 (New West)
4 Lynne Hanson: Once the Sun goes Down (Self Rel.)
5 Yvette Landry: Should have known (Soko Music)
November 11, 2010
A new review from Kippenvel.net
Canadian Lynne Hanson makes a huge step in the direction of roots music on her third CD, although the country feel of Things I Miss and Eleven Months is still audible. She describes the eleven new songs that she wrote in her kitchen consequently as ‘porch music with a little Texas dirt’. Still she transcends that genre with influences from folk and singer-songwriter especially. Hanson transforms her emotions in a personal way into universal ones in six medium tempo songs and ballads she wrote alone and in five written together with mentor Paul Bourdeau. Looking back on a relationship she broke off she wavers between despair, resignation and desire. In doing so, her phlegmatic vocals contrast impressively with her feelings. Blake Manning’s dry drums, Brian Kobayakawa’s zooming bass, Jason Snidermans’ atmospheric keys and David Baxter’s guitar, banjo, mandoline and production do not only support Hanson’s understated vocals effectively, but underline them convincingly. ***1/2
October 14, 2010
Lynne Hanson wins the 2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award
Toronto, October 14, 2010
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is pleased to announce Lynne Hanson as the 2010 recipient of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for her song “Rest of my Days.” The Award will be presented during the Ontario Council of Folk Festival’s 24th annual conference gala dinner on Saturday, October 16, 2010 between 5:30 - 7:15 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa.
The jury remarked on the powerful imagery evoked in Hanson’s music and noted, “Lynne’s songs have a beautiful, haunting feeling, into which you can sink and be enveloped.”
October 4, 2010
Once the Sun Goes Down has made its debut on several charts:
EuroAmericana Chart - October
1 - Justin Townes Earle, Harlem River Blues, Bloodshot
2 - Richard Thompson Dream Attic, Proper rec.
3 - Rachel Harrington, Celilo Falls, Skinny Dennis
4 - Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Junky Star, Lost Highway
5 - Leeroy Stagger & the Wildflowers, Little Victories, Blue Rose
6 - Lynne Hanson, Once The Sun Goes Down, Self rel.
7 - Robert Plant, Band of Joy, Rounder
Freeform American Roots (FAR) Chart - October #134
1 - Yvette Landry: Should Have Known (self)
2 - Caleb Klauder: Western Country (Quicksilver)
3 - Justin Townes Earle: Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot)
4 - Eric Brace & Peter Cooper: Master Sessions (Red Beet)
5 - Lucky Tomblin Band: Honky Tonk Merry Go Round (Texas World)
6 - Marty Stuart Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions (Sugar Hill)
7 - Lynne Hanson: Once The Sun Goes Down (self)
8 - Elizabeth McQueen: The Laziest Girl in Town (Freedom)
9 - Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams: Sinners & Saints (self)
10 - Robert Plant: Band Of Joy (Decca)
September 20, 2010
Brand new review from Exclaim! Magazine in Toronto:
Building on the momentum of two solid releases and a nomination for the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Once the Sun Goes Down is another step up for Lynne Hanson. With Gillian Welch-inspired folk flair, Hanson proves she has intimate storytelling down to an art. Her performance is heartfelt and her tunes have that get-stuck-in-your-head quality. Opener "When Lovers Leave" and "Three Times Bent" are delicate ballads that compel you to sing along. The Southern country gal, by way of Ottawa, who describes her style as "porch music with a little Texas red dirt," shores up her tales of heartbreak and unrequited love with feisty guitar licks and jaunty banjo lines. Multi-instrumentalist/producer David Baxter (Justin Rutledge, Bob Snider) and drummer Blake Manning, along with Brian Kobayakawa (bass), Jason Sniderman on keyboard (Blue Peter) and a host of guest musicians (including Justin Rutledge) all have a hand in bringing the record to mainstream country pop perfection. - by Nereida Fernandes
September 14, 2010
The new CD "Once The Sun Goes Down" is NOW SHIPPING !!
Visit the STORE to purchase your copy
September 7, 2010
The first review for Once The Sun Goes Down is in from the Netherlands. It's in Dutch ... www.altcountryforum.nl
August 23, 2010
Welcome to the new look website.
July 13, 2010
My new CD "Once The Sun Goes Down" will be released for sale in Canada September 14th. Tour dates will be added over the next few weeks so keep checking the shows page to see if I'll be coming to a town near you.
Plans for releases in the US and Europe TBA.
The artwork is by A Man Called Wrycraft. I hope you adore his genius as much as I do.
AND check out the August edition of Reader's Digest. There's an awesome feature on the Home Routes house concert circuit, as well as a very nice pic of yours truly *BLUSH* on page 74.