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Extroverted introversion. That's Dawn Pritchard and her music.  A Metis Wakefield transplanted from Saskatoon, Dawn released her second album, "Catch Me if You Can" November 2016.  Introspective lyrics, intuitive music and melody.  Ambient, beautiful, yet groovy.  Solid guitar playing.  Dawn animates emotions by putting them to music.  Influences of Regina Spektor and Suzanne Vega.  Bicycles, PTSD, a lament from the perspective of a caribou and a bilingual story about a sweater are topics of Dawn's songs you will hear and remember.

Dawn is available to play events, festivals, house concerts and parties either with a full band, solo or as a duo.  Also, please feel free to contact her if you need a guitar player or backup vocalist.  She is also available to play guitar or sing backups with others.  You can contact Dawn here, through this website for bookings. 

Happy Birthday Section 35!! 

Last week was the 35th Anniversary of Canada's Charter of Rights and of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. Section 35 recognizes and affirms existing Aboriginal rights, that is, the rights of the Indian, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada.  Justice Canada hosted an event to celebrate this anniversary and I was invited to play some music there.  It took place at the Library and Archives building in Ottawa.  I played and sang in the background while people mingled and dined on beautiful bannock made by the fine people from Nikosi, an Aboriginal-Quebecois bistro in Wakefield.  With maple butter and sage, garlic butter it was a treat.  (Almost as good as my auntie Verna's.) The event proper opened with an Algonquin Elder.  I followed by playing "Lament of the Caribou" with my looping pedal.  The guest speaker, Marco Mendocino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, was a few minutes late. So, I was asked to play a few more songs, which I happily agreed to.  Mr. Mendocino arrived and gave his presentation.  Following, was the film, Angry Inuk.  It tells of the European ban on importing seal products which has negatively affected the daily lives of the Inuit. The Inuit rely not only on seal meat for food, but from the economic benefits that selling seal products bring.  Auju Peter, one of the Inuit activists in the film, was present to answer questions.  When the film ended and Auju took the stage, there was not a dry eye in the auditorium.  This is a powerful film and I urge you to take the time to view it.  Some groups have portrayed the Inuit seal hunt negatively, but that is not the case. The seal hunt is traditional and sustainable. Here is a link to some information about the film and the Inuit seal hunt: https://www.nfb.ca/film/angry_inuk/  I wish to thank Mylene Tremblay for organizing this important event and for inviting me to come and play music.  

Later that evening, I was the guest artist for the Mill Road Community Space open mic.  I was impressed by the young musicians there.  This is an open and inviting environment for musicians and listeners, whether young, or young at heart. Thanks Margot for inviting me. 

I am always looking for new songwriting tips, so the next day, I attended a songwriting workshop hosted by North Easton. As always, North gave excellent advice and provided many cool examples even writing pop songs on the spot.  I have a few songs brewing in my head that I plan to record with this new DAW that I got with my computer. Funny, I don't even know what DAW stands for.  I only remember the acronym because it contains the first three letters of my name.: ) 

Sometimes it is hard to make time to do music type work on the computer with other competing priorities.  After setting a goal at North's "Strongwriting" workshop of setting up an electronic press kit, I actually created one.  Well, Greg Stone came over and helped me create one. Thanks Greg!  He is a local fellow who can play guitar like no one else. Actually he can play virtually any instrument, including drums. He is pretty handy on the computer too. Click on the Press Kit tab to check it out our work.   

Finally, I have a few shows coming up.  First one is this Saturday May 6 at the Kaffe 1870 in Wakefield, QC.  I will be playing guitar and singing backup vocals with Jamie Ferguson and the Hills Gang.  I always look forward to playing with Jamie. It gives me a good opportunity to bring out the black strat. The lovely and talented Rosanna Nicol is opening. Tickets are 10$.  Next, I will be hosting the open stage at the Kaffe 1870 on May 31.  No cover. Music will start at 9ish.  All are welcome, whether to listen or to play.  Then, Sunday June 11, I'll be at the Blacksheep Inn. It will be a special event, not only because my backup band the Prima Donalds will be joining me, but the show will be a double header with the Fluffy Little Cowboys out of PEI.  The show starts at 4pm.  Tickets are 10$ advance and 12$ at the door.   

Have a great week and thanks for reading.  

photo below by Anne Olivier
photo right by Dawn Pritchard

Download of "Catch Me if You Can" available soon! 

Hi everyone,

I would like to let you know that "Catch Me if You Can" should be available for download in the next few days. It was delayed due to technical difficulties - mainly my ineptitude and impatience.  Sometimes these technical electronic processes seem insurmountable to me. I am however, learning a lot about AIF files, WAV files and MP3s. The songs will be uploaded in WAV or AIF and be of high quality - not MP3s.  I have the album partially uploaded onto my Bandcamp page: https://dawnpritchard.bandcamp.com and will have it up here on my own website site soon.  Please check in soon to see if it is available. Of course, I do have physical copies of the CD and would be happy to mail you one.  Please send me a note to arrange this. 

Thanks again,
Dawn

My Street  Podcast

Hi! Happy 2017!

Want to listen to a song?  It is called "My Street".  I wrote it after one of Jim Bryson's shows.  I had always thought that my songs were somewhat depressing.  Jim's are not.  His shows are super fun, I love his songs and I feel happy whenever I hear his voice.  I wanted to write something fun too and this is what turned out. Thanks Jim for inspiring me.  Have a great year! 
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Adrift  Podcast

This song is called "Adrift". It came about a few years back when my husband, Jamie Ferguson, sent me some lyrics.  Within about 20 minutes I had put those lyrics to music, put down a melody, along with three part harmonies.  It was freaky, how it happened so quickly and came out so beautifully.  That is what happens when lyrics are well structured and honest.  Sadly, this type of thing has not happened since.  

Also, as you know, "Catch Me if You Can" was released in November.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  Please take a listen to the songs, including this one.  I think you might like them.  If so, and if you would like to order a CD, I would be happy to either deliver one to you, or to mail it. I can get them to you in time for Christmas.  Just send me an e-mail to p.bettinni@gmail.com and I will set you up. The CDs cost 15$ each with an extra 5$ for mailing.  They might make a great gift for someone.  In the next few weeks, I will set up a means to download the songs, either through Bandzoogle or through I-tunes.  I will let you know as soon as this is done.

Have a great evening, and thanks for listening.
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Only Assholes Get the Blues  Podcast

Well, the CD release is tomorrow and I wanted to post one final song.  It is called "Only Assholes Get the Blues". I wrote it for Patti Smith. Yes, the Patti Smith.  And, I also wrote it for my niece - I remember her telling me about a book with a similar line in it.  She is the most well read person that I have ever met. Sadly, I remember neither the line, nor the book, but I remember the sentiment.  I do know that we all get the blues, and that we are not all assholes. But, this is a fun song. One of my favourites.  I hope that you enjoy it. And, I hope that you come to the show tomorrow at the Black Sheep Inn.  And, thank-you again, for reading and listening.
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Lament of the Caribou  Podcast

Only two more sleeps until the big show!  Rehearsal last night sounded good and we are ready to play.  Now, just some last minute items, including getting people to come out to the show.  On that note, Mary Fahey of the LowDown newspaper wrote a great article about me and the new album and the show. I was absolutely thrilled to read it. This would be my first real bit of press.  Thank-you Mary!  And, tomorrow Anne-Marie of the the program Hop the Fence on CHUO radio plans to spin one of my tunes and remind people about the show at the Black Sheep Saturday.  Thank-you Anne-Marie!

The next song for you to listen to is called "Lament of the Caribou".  Like at least 4 other songs from this album, it came from one of Ian Tamblyn's songwriting classes.  Thank-you, Ian!  Ian's instructions were to write a song from a perspective outside of ourselves.  I wrote my song from the perspective of a caribou.  It is sad but beautiful.

I do hope that you consider coming to the show this Saturday (November 5) evening at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, QC. It would mean a lot to me. 

Finally, I would like to thank-you for reading this note and thank-you for listening for these past few weeks.
 
 
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Living Room  Podcast

Countdown until the show - only 5 more days!  We are squeezing in a few more rehearsals, that last of which happened in my living room. But, that's not what this song is about. In fact, this song isn't really about anything. I wrote it on Ian Tamblyn's instructions which were to write a song based on a 3 x 1 rhyme scheme and this is what came out.  It is one of my favourites.  Let me know what you think! And, thank-you very much for listening.
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Chandail  Podcast

I live in the "Outaouais" in the province of Quebec.  The official language of Quebec is French.  But in Wakefield many people speak English.  They can switch back and forth between French and English with ease - sometimes in the middle of a sentence. Coming from Saskatchewan, I knew a few words of French that I had learned in elementary school.  "Bonjour.  Je m'appele Dawn.  Je suis une etudiante.  Il fait froid."  My Granny Pritchard spoke some Michif, a language which is a combination of French, Cree and English.  We ate things like "boulettes" and "bangs" (fried bannock, which likely comes from les beines - deep fried donuts).  So, there was always a bit of the French language inside me even though I didn't always know it. I have been a Quebecer now for over 8 years and have worked hard to learn to communicate in French.  Part of this process was writing a bilingual song.  Cette chanson s'appelle "Chandail". Bonne ecoute!
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"Astrid"  Podcast

When I was a kid I rode my bike all over Saskatoon. Riding my bike made me feel alive and free. It was a time of innocence with no curfew.  I could pretty much ride the whole day, wherever I wanted to without questions from my parents so long as I returned home by supper time.  I'd ride across town to visit my Granny Pritchard and we'd sit outside near her sweat peas.  Once she recollected buying a can of stolen coffee and confessing it to the priest. We had a good chuckle over that one.  I'd continue on to visit my cousin Shirley who lived a few blocks away.  On special occasions I'd ride over to visit Randy and Lorne and we would explore the banks of the Saskatchewan River finding cougar tracks and haunted houses.  Most of the time though, I would ride to Donald and Laurie's house because they lived closest to me.  Come dark, I'd make my way home riding under the streetlights singing "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac out loud.

The song "Astrid" is about my childhood.  I never knew anyone named Astrid as I was growing up, but about a year ago I had a dream about a celeste green bike with the name Astrid written on the top-tube.  I dreamed I would write a song about this bike and that Astrid would be on the cover of this album. And I did, and it is, thanks to the artwork of David Irvine.  Here is the song, "Astrid".  I hope that you enjoy it.
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Shell Shocked  Podcast

I wrote "Shell Shocked" a few years back while I was at the Folk Music Ontario Conference in Toronto.  I was in my hotel room getting ready to do my homework which Ian Tamblyn had assigned - he handed out picture books and we were to write a song based on a picture in the book.  I had missed the last class and so the book I received contained pictures depicting war.  Not my first choice for sure.  One picture caught my eye, however - it was of a man sitting at his desk at home who could not erase the images of the war that remained in his mind.  I found out later that one of my high school classmates who I knew since grade 2 had suffered from PTSD. He took his own life about two years ago, leaving his family behind.  I had played "Shell Shocked" live several times and prepared to recorded it at Little Bullhorn.  When it came time to record the final vocal I couldn't stop thinking of this classmate and what he must have gone through, along with his wife and children.  I felt these super strong emotions right at the microphone. The song was so hard to sing that day, but I did it and I sang it for my classmate.   You served our country my friend.  Thank-you.  May you rest in peace.

Here is "Shell Shocked".

 
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