Norma MacDonald, Artist of the Week
Runs June 29-July 3rd.
Norma MacDonald is a singer-songwriter and avid biology nerd, born and raised in Cape Breton, now living in Halifax. She was raised on AM radio country stations and Willie Nelson cassettes in her hometown of New Waterford.
She likes Gram Parsons records, talking to strangers, potato chips, David Lynch movies and swimming in the ocean. Her fourth album, Burn the Tapes, which was released in June, is a sonic conglomeration of these affections. Recorded over 13 months in rural Upper Musquodoboit, NS (at Phil Sedore’s Mountain Road Studio), it marks MacDonald’s first time taking the reigns as sole producer. Burn the Tapes is at turns scrappy and slick, naive and confident, playful and heavy.
MacDonald’s third album Morning you Wake received glowing reviews in Canada, the U.S and Europe and was the #3 most played album on Galaxie’s Folk Roots channel in 2011. It received three Music Nova Scotia nominations in 2011 (Female Solo, Folk and Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year). Her second album The Forest for the Trees was nominated by the ECMA as Female Solo Recording of the Year in 2009 and was heralded by Exclaim! as “nothing short of delicious.”