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Spending her formative years in the Canadian subarctic city of Yellowknife, Dana Sipos’ songwriting is infused with a sense of surrealism best influenced by the supernatural experiences of Canada’s high country. A true songsmith, Sipos creates nuanced songs that are hauntingly hopeful and captivatingly calm, yet filled with a wild wind.
With an unconventional travelling style, Sipos has spent the last few years touring by tall ship and bicycle, canoe and train. As a musician-in-residence at the renowned Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies, she spent a few months collaborating with an impressive array of international musicians before teaming up with Yukon producer Jordy Walker (Tanya Tagaq) to bring her new album to life. Roll Up the Night Sky was recorded in the home studio of Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire over a cold Montreal winter and released on Nashville indie-label Muddy Roots Music Recordings. The album has been nominated for a 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards in the Pushing the Boundaries category, celebrating innovation in creating new folk sounds.
"Beautifully-crafted, darkly romantic folk-indie with real substance." -fRoots (UK)
"Roll Up the Night Sky is a powerful statement made through restraint. It’s a gorgeous, evocative, delicate folk album that shows off Dana Sipos’ formidable talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and arranger." - Independent Clause
"Her songs are dark and dense yet hauntingly gorgeous...The grace of June Carter but the shadows of Fiona Apple." -The Revue
"Watch out for Dana this year-She's going to be huge." - The Bluegrass Situation
"Quite simply, Dana Sipos' songs on Roll Up the Night Sky don't just touch upon the surface and fade away; they work their way into the fertile soil of one's heart and soul like the mighty roots of an ancient tree." No Depression
Benjamin Hermann's music hits the sweet spot with folk music lovers. His newest album 'Windows Wide Open' released on Roaring Girl Records mixes subtlety and directness, blending distant instrumentation and strong finger-style guitar playing into a soundscape that compliments vocals delivered with careful nuance.
Benjamin Hermann is a songwriter and accompanist currently living in Toronto ON, working, performing, collaborating, and creating from this city as a launching pad. Originally from North Bay, ON, Ben has since lived in Whitehorse, YT, travelled through Germany and Russia, considering these Northern and Eastern places to be the source of his artistic considerations. Eventually Ben landed in Toronto where he came to study and continue his music career. Ben also considers himself a recording artist, mainly composing with guitar, voice, and piano. His newest release a full length album titled 'Windows Wide Open' was released on Roaring Girl Records in the fall of 2015 - MapleMusic/Fontana North. His previous projects include -'Red Sky In Morning' from 2012, recorded in Old Crow, YT – and 'Will Return' from 2011, recorded near Ottawa, ON.
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