Christina Martin and Dale Murray. Photo supplied
Christina Martin and Dale Murray. Photo supplied

Home Routes Opens Up NL House Concert Network

Winnipeg-based ‘Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous’ house concert network is set to launch ‘Newfoundland & Labrador Route’ next month when celebrated NS-born Christina Martin sets off on a 13-show Newfoundland tour that runs Sept. 13-27.  

Musical styles vary from old-time folk to contemporary/trad/percussive dance with performers Christina Martin (NS), Nadine Landry & Stephen 'Sammy' Lind (QC), Sherry Ryan (NL), Cathy Jordan And Jordan McConnell (IRE/MB) ,Rube & Rake (NL), Hannah James (UK), and Tanglecove (NL) scheduled. Artists will be hosted in St. John's, Clarenville, Lewisporte, Cornerbrook, Burgeo, St. Andrews, Bonne Bay, Port Leamington, Twillingate, Gander and Freshwater/Carbonear via the Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous house concert network

“Home Routes  attended Music NL in October last year and not only does the province live up to its reputation of having among the friendliest and most fun-loving people in Canada," said Leonard Podolak, Executive Producer of Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, "but we were astonished by the wealth and depth of talent presented at the conference, as well as the vibrant musical culture that thrives in every corner and outport of this beautiful land.

"We decided then and there to bring the Home Routes house concert formula to NL to give the considerable regional talent more opportunities to play around the province, but also to bring this music to the rest of Canada, and to bring talented musicians from Canada and abroad to Newfoundland and Labrador."

House concerts have a triple function: they support artists’ ability to make a living, they make music accessible on a grassroots level to all corners of Canada, and they connect people -- a social engine that builds community.

Martin’s shows are part of a more extensive Canadian tour that works east to west, ending in BC. She is performing with guitarist Dale Murray in support of her new album they independently produced titled Wonderful Lie. The album features four originals and also stripped-down recordings of songs written by various notables that include Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, and Leonard Cohen.

Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous was incorporated as a not-for-profit arts organization in February of 2007 to create new performance opportunities for French and English-speaking musicians and audiences in rural, remote and urban, communities across Canada, hosted by volunteers in their homes and other community venues.

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