Donovan Woods

Album Review: Donovan Woods – The Other Way

Deborah Holland Reviews

When Heather Kitching of Roots Music Canada asked me if I wanted to review Donovan Woods’ new album, The Other Way (Meant Well Records), an acoustic rendering of his 2018 Both Ways, my first response was, “no.” What more could I say about the songs that I hadn’t already said in my Both Ways review last year? Then the CD …

Suzie Vinnick – May 17 at the Anza Club, Vancouver

Suzie Vinnick – May 17 at the Anza Club, Vancouver

Deborah Holland Reviews

If the world was fair and just Suzie Vinnick would not be a “Canadian treasure.” She would not be known for winning the Canadian Maple Blues Award ten times, or for receiving dozens of other Canadian music nominations and awards. Nor would she be someone’s favorite “female” roots and blues artist. No, if the world were fair and just, Suzie …

Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods – March 28 at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver

Deborah Holland Reviews

Only once in my life did I vote for a U.S. president that won. Not once have I ever voted for any record to win “best something” and seen that album win. Until this year. The album in question was Both Ways by the now Juno-winning Donovan Woods, so seeing him in concert performing (mostly) songs from that album was …

Sunday night at the Dawson City Music Festival

Deborah Holland Reviews

“It’s like a party.” – Annat Kennet, my traveling companion “It IS a party!” – Me People who live in almost total darkness for three quarters of the year don’t need much of a reason to have a good time in the middle of the summer – when it doesn’t get dark until around 3:00 a.m., but the Dawson City …

Neko Case headlines Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Photo by Deborah Holland.

Dispatches from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Day 1 (Friday)

Deborah Holland Reviews

Is there a more beautiful setting for a festival than Jericho Beach in Vancouver? From the comments of every performer who gets up on the main stage at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, I think not. It’s got water, beaches, mountains, trees, wooden pedestrian bridges over ponds, blue sky, puffy white clouds, a shimmering downtown in the distance, spectacular sunsets, …

Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods – Both Ways

Deborah Holland Reviews

Warning! Listening to Both Ways, Donovan Woods’ new release, while driving could be dangerous. You may find yourself making a wrong turn, forgetting where you’re going, or worse, forgetting that you are even driving. If this happens, immediately pull over. Wait until your heart stops feeling like it’s coming out of your chest. Donovan Woods doesn’t sing. He quietly whispers …

Roots Music Canada road trip: The Weepies, May 19 at McIntyre Hall, Mt. Vernon, WA

Deborah Holland Reviews

There was no marching band. The stage lights were set to “on.” There were no backing tracks, no auto-tune or costume changes. No vocal gymnastics or endless melismas (many notes for one syllable. Think Whitney Houston). There WAS heartfelt, straight-forward singing (in tune), beautiful songs, unrehearsed stage banter, set list spontaneity, and even (god forbid!) a few mistakes. Welcome to …