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Can't-stand-still McRae heading to MusicFest

In addition to her 2011 U.K., Ireland, USA and Canadian tours, Linda McRae's schedule took her to New Folsom Prison, California’s maximum-security prison performing in concert for inmates.

She also facilitated songwriter workshops, permitting inmates freedom of expression while giving Linda a rare opportunity to assist in that expression. Her workshops and concert were so well received, she’ll return to participate in the program again in March 2012.

Also coming this spring is Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts, McRae's highly anticipated fourth solo release. The title definitely doesn’t describe the gold and platinum polish enhancing a musical career spanning three decades.

McRae, a double platinum, triple gold, Canadian roots recording artist, has honed her craft as a singer songwriter and multi- instrumentalist. She divides her time between Nashville, Victoria and life on The Road.

Linda departed Celtic/Roots group Spirit of the West following eight years as bassist and accordionist to resume her solo career, consecutively producing three critically acclaimed recordings: Flying Jenny, producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Emmy Lou Harris), Cryin’ Out Loud, producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier) and Carve It To The Heart producers Linda McRae and Marc L’Esperance (Po’ Girl, Be Good Tanyas, Headwater).

McRae’s forthcoming recording Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts will be released on Mother’s Day 2012, affirming her maturing distinction as a quality songwriter and unique performer.

Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts features performances by Doug Cox of Cumberland, Morlix, Ray Bonneville, and Samantha Parton (formerly of the Be Good Tanyas), the Sojourners and 50 Canadian gospel singers.

Linda will showcase her new recording in 2012 as a solo artist and with her band the Ragged Hearts. McRae also appear at the Vancouver Island Music Festival, which run this summer from July 6 to 8 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds in Courtenay.

McRae's solo tour highlights have also included the hallowed Carter Family Fold, the Hank Williams Museum’s New Year’s Celebration, Folk Alliance International Official Showcase, the Barbican Theatre in London, and the Maverick Festival in the U.K.

Nashville has led her to the study of traditional roots music, dedicating studies with leading authority Brad Leftwich on claw hammer banjo, finger-style guitar with Juno winner Ken Hamm, and Appalachian vocal styles with Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz (New Lost City Ramblers, Hazel Dickens).

Recording and performing with musical luminaries including Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz, Bruce Cockburn, Pete Seeger, Neko Case, and Blue Rodeo, McRae also showcased her talents at almost 200 gigs.

McRae writes a column for BC Musician's Magazine entitled This Winding Road and is endorsed by EnRoute Music makers of the PorchBoard.

McRae delivers on claw hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion, and porch board stomp box bass, holding nothing back with soaring, honest vocals.

"When all the trends fade and become dated, and all the music from the cutting edge becomes dull, Linda McRae will continue to stand tall, singing and playing music with honest soul and humility, cutting through the fog with her timeless clarity. Linda is one of the true, soulful pioneers of honest roots music. Her singing and playing brings honour to her heroes and to her friends and fans." — Colin Linden, award-winning songwriter, producer and guitarist (Bruce Cockburn, Emmy Lou Harris, Alison Krauss/Robert Plant).

— Linda McRae


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