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Dynamic duo offer a taste of Canadian folk music
Some things are just meant to be. Cara Luft, a founding member of country/folk outfit The Wailin' Jennys, first teamed up with fellow Canadian and veteran singer/ songwriter JD Edwards in 2012. It was at a concert at Winnipeg's West End Cultural Centre that was marking its 25th anniversary by pairing up musicians who had never performed together before.
Cara told Canada's CBC radio station: "We knew each other but we'd never sung together and we didn't even really know each other's music. So we got together to start singing and it was just instant. It was like, wow, we sound really good together.''
Following the show, the duo had their own touring commitments to honour but in 2014 they decided to formalise the arrangement. They formed The Small Glories and released debut album Wondrous Traveler in 2016.
Ahead of their second album, due for release this autumn, they are touring the UK, with a show at Birmingham's Kitchen Garden Café on May 27, 2018.
Luft and Edwards is a match made in musical heaven, according to CBC. ''Luft had been looking to work with someone, but needed to find the right person who could sing strong melody and really strong harmony and also be open to a woman who sometimes wants to play lead guitar.'' She also plays a mean banjo!
Wondrous Traveler is steeped in classic song structure, delivering instantly appealing melodic Americana with first-rate playing. The album was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards and found its way onto many critic's Top 10 lists across North America and Europe.
Fellow musicians were equally impressed. Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks said: "The Small Glories are like The Civil Wars but less pretentious, with better songs and more guts.''