Well Deserved Juno

The McDades

Bloom (FRCD05, 2006)

It is not surprising that this CD by the excellent Canadian band The McDades won the Juno Award (the most important national musical award in Canada) for Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year in 2007. In recent years, Canada has produced superb roots music bands that cross boundaries.

The main source of inspiration for The McDades is Celtic music, drawing upon Irish and Breton music. But there are also global rhythms present in the form of the Peruvian cajón and the Arabic darbuka, as well as the sounds of the Indian bansuri (flute) and even throat singing.

The McDades features five talented musicians: Solon (bass, vocals) and Jeremiah McDade (whistle, flute, bansuri); Shannon Johnson (fiddle, vocals), Francois Taillefer (percussion and throat singing).

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.