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MUSIC FROM TURTLE ISLAND: SONGS FOR FREEDOM Turtle Island Music ★★★★

Here’s another round of songs — a compilation package — from the stable of singer/songwriter/ musicians at Turtle Island Music in Saskatoon. And it’s a rich and diverse 11 songs.

There are two songs about the soul, opener Scars of the Soul, by Denise Lanceley, an emotive ballad-type tune about the scars left by a bad relationship. Then there’s Elvis Ballantyne’s country-gospel number If I Give My Soul, in which he tries to figure the odds of making his peace with Jesus.

Greg Edmunds’ Neechee Girl contrasts easygoing vocals about a traditional woman who is everything to the singer and some great spiky lead guitar fills. Indeed, great guitar works helps make this album sail, from the nice lead lines on Jay Ross’s almost grungy Inside of Me, to the slide guitar on the fifties country sound of Ray Villebrun’s Yesterday, to the lead guitar breaks on Wake Up Red’s folk rock connection to the spiritual number Out of the Blue.

Phil Boyer goes for a Metis jig feel on Dance Dance, watching his grandkids do just that, Garrison Parker turns to the alt-folk channel on his My Mistakes, and Becky Thomas wishes for the Eyes of a Child so she can see the purpose in God’s plan. A startling range of songs and superb musicianship.

 

 

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