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Harrow Fair: Dark Gets Close

The dynamic Toronto roots duo returns with a cut showcasing strong vocal harmonies, crisp instrumental work, and a positive message.

Harrow Fair: Dark Gets Close

By Kerry Doole

Harrow Fair: Dark Gets Close (Roaring Girl Records): On April 17, the rootsy duo of Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner release a sophomore album, Sins We Made.


Dark Gets Close is the second single, and it's a winner. Penner’s virile voice meshes perfectly with Mulholland’s pure folk delivery, and their instrumental work (guitar and fiddle respectively) is equally complementary on a tune with an optimistic bent (“even when the future isn’t clear… hope starts here”). The song captures their onstage energy, one that has made HF a favourite on the folk club and fest circuit, especially in the UK.

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It has been four years since the 2016 debut Harrow Fair album, Call To Arms, but the two principals have been in demand for other projects. Mulholland has a parallel solo career, is an eloquent advocate for other artists, and runs her own festival.  Mulholland was recently nominated for a Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album Of The Year with her 2019 solo album By Appointment Or Chance, while Penner (formerly with the superb Sunparlour Players) was recently music director and a star in Toronto's Crows Theatre's highly acclaimed production of Ghost Quartet.

In a press release, the pair explain that "After the spontaneity of the first record, we had to take a pause and figure out who we are to each other - as bandmates, friends, and co-writers. The song is a recognition of the difficult work any relationship can be but what can happen when you take that leap." It's great to see them back.

Harrow Fair celebrates the release of the album with a hometown Toronto show at The Dakota Tavern on April 18th. The duo then plays UK dates from May 1 to May 10, some in support of Lynne Hanson.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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