Good things are often shared, which is why representing hometown roots isn’t hard to achieve for folk powerhouse pair, The Small Glories. With a stunning repertoire of work, the duo from Winnipeg, MB is releasing their debut studio record, Wondrous Traveler, on February 19. Comprised of Cara Luft & JD Edwards, The Small Glories deliver unique live acoustic performances, from the sonic technicality of sweeping riffs and brilliant banjo strums, to the diverse visuals of this tour de force. At first glance, they are a study in contrasts – Cara, an ebullient and engaging earth mother, and JD, a cross between a biker and long-haul trucker, complete with a scruffy beard, ball cap and jean jacket. Whether wholesome or burly, neither of the two are intimidating, but rather inviting through the power of their artistry. Check out the band’s spirited acoustic performance in a live rendition of album lead, Had I Paid.
Produced by 50-40 frontman, Neil Osborne, Wondrous Traveler is abundant with tight harmonies, authenticity and a blend of traditional and contemporary elements that define this creative partnership. Love, life and transitions are driving themes of the album, supported by a diverse band of background instrumentalists. It’s audible in the progressive Had I Paid, to the graceful choir presence in Home and nostalgic lyricism of 1000 Stars. From the traditional country folk elements of Time Wanders On to the anthemic, upbeat Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key, The Small Glories prove they are veterans of a familiar scene, while ever-evolving and versatile for an international audience.
“JD put his stamp on my songs and I put my stamp on his,” says Cara. “Then there are traditionals and covers that we melded together.” As for JD, “Cara brings a lot of great arranging to my music and more spirituality, along with a lot more of a folk influence. I think she also brings a lot of love to my music. It’s always important for artists to put themselves in awkward positions to challenge themselves, to explore themselves. That’s where the real art comes from, from figuring out how to come out of those situations, pushing yourself into a different realm of creativity and coming out of it empowered and excited. That’s what we’re doing.”
The Small Glories are currently giving the UK a taste of the Prairies on their tour of England and Scotland, including a performance at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, while preparing for the release of their long-awaited debut full-length. Their Canadian tour begins on February 27.
UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
Feb 27– Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
Mar 5 – Dauphin, MB – Watson Arts Centre
Apr 2 – Vernon, BC – Vernon Folk and Roots Club
Apr 14 – Cranbrook, BC – Winter Ale Concert Series at the Key City Theatre
* more to be announced soon
WONDROUS TRAVELER TRACKLISITNG
Had I Paid
Something To Hold Onto
Fast Turning World
Time Wanders On
Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key