I’ve never heard singer-songwriter Norma MacDonald perform, but I’m looking forward to her gig at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou on June 11. The artwork on her second album, The Forest for the Trees, is just gorgeous, a delicate mixed-media piece in paint and yarn that suggests landscape and connections. You can see it on the home page of her website. It was created by artist-musician Daniel Ledwell, who has also painted a landscape for her forthcoming album Morning You Wake.
So what about her music? She was an ECMA Nominee in 2009 for Female Solo Recording of the Year. She grew up in New Waterford, Cape Breton, now lives in Halifax, and according to her website, she “manages to seamlessly meld her innate old-school country sensibilities with contemporary influences (Wilco, Patty Griffin, Bruce Springsteen) without losing a drop of authenticity.” Sounds good to me, and I’m glad she’s coming to the Red Shoe.