Electronic Press Kit
Album release Spring 2018!
Festival Du Voyageur February 2018
Canada wide tour Summer 2018
"Spruce and the Meadowlark combine Aisha's gorgeous vocals over very thoughful and supportive arrangements by some very talented musicians. They can all burn when they want to.. A high level of musicianship exists that always serves the song first.. Wonderful." Murry Pulver musician & Producer( Doc Walker)
"The band's members (all very accomplished musicians) combine their instrumental talentss to weave a sophisticated rhythmic foundation in the bluegrass vein. By itself, this quite something to take in and enjoy. In addition though, Aisha Belle's soaring, ethereal vocals add a folk element and perfectly contrast/compliment the intricate musical tapestry." Jaime Sitar (Outta Town Sound)
"Spruce and the Meadowlark are taking thier folk/roots songwriting and acoustic instrumentation to some interesting places. I like the bittersweet original songs, high-calibre chops, and the unique blend of trad and modern influences. They'are also a joy to work with, and I'm really looking forward to hear what they have cooking for 2017." Lloyd Peterson, producer & musician (Paintbox Recording)
"A new band all great players - looking forward to more!" Dan Frechette (Musician)
Rooted in the prairie's of Manitoba, Spruce and the Meadowlark deliver a fresh take of original contemporary bluegrass written by long time musicians, and soulmates, Aisha Belle (violin, vocals) and Donovan Locken (mandolin). Aisha’s haunting voice has been compared to Ruth Moody, the combination of complex driving instrumentals and evocative melodic lyrics create a new perspective on the marriage of folk and bluegrass. With help from producer Lloyd Peterson (JP Hoe) Spruce and the Meadowlark will release their much anticipated debut album Spring of 2017.
Drawn together by the sounds of fiddle tunes drifting through the dark campground of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Aisha and Donovan spent five hours playing music together. With barely any words being shared the two said goodbye. After a year apart, music brought them together again, this time on the same western Canadian tour. They wed 300 days later. Travelling through the Yukon and Alaska for their honeymoon, the dream and songs for Spruce and the Meadowlark began. Aisha's lifetime of classical and Celtic influence & training and Donovan's addiction to bluegrass sounds meld together creating a harmonious sound that insists you listen.
Add seasoned musicians Lucas Kost’s (guitar), "Manitoba's best Banjo picker" Tim Osmond and Ashley Au (bass) the result is a cinematic lush orchestration with serious drive.
Home Routes/ Chemin Chez Nous tour- November 2017
Home Routes/ Chemin Chez Nous tour- September 2017
Full album recorded, mixed, mastered, and printed!!!
Portage la Prairie Folk Festival 2017
Envision Festival of the arts 2017
Winnipeg Folk Festival 2017 (wandering minstrels program)
Aisha composed & recorded a soundtrack for a tv series called taken season 1 and 2
Duo / Trio:
Aisha Belle- Violin, vocals & guitar
Donovan Locken- mandolin, guitar & vocals
Aisha Belle - Violin, Vocals
Donovan Locken - Mandolin
Lucas Kost - Guitar
Ashley Au - Bass
Tim Osmond - Banjo
The band is able to offer a range of work shops from composing, songwriting, singing / harmonies, Banjo, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Mandolin
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