August 3–12, 2018

Sarah Jane Scouten

August 8 (Wednesday)
7:30pm - 8:45pm

Drawing inspiration from Hank Williams and Stan Rogers, Sarah is an internationally touring songwriter, loved by audiences across the Northern Hemisphere. Folk Radio UK calls her “a sterling example of the top grade Americana coming out of Canada.

With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths, Iris Dement and other early country influences, the three-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and Western Canadian Music Award nominee shares songs that are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition. A traditionalist at heart, Sarah shows her signature flair for the roots of roots music. With respect for these roots, she writes from her own perspective, playing with style to create her own distinct voice.

Discovered by Vancouver label Light Organ Records, she has since teamed up with the label and released her third full-length album, When the Bloom Falls From the Rose. The album includes ten original songs, ranging in style from classic honky-tonk to indie-folk rock, and two virtually unknown traditional Western Canadian songs, discovered on crackly recordings in university archives and given new life through Sarah’s haunting arrangements. Developing a big, lush sound on the album, Sarah comes into her own as a songwriter and performer, drawing from modern approaches to country such as Sturgill Simpson and Emmylou Harris.

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