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“…strangely mesmerising vocal … beautifully intricate
“John's guitar work is very skilled indeed: both exuberantly intricate and understated, gentle and yet percussive, not exactly drawing immediate attention to itself and yet
“Female folk singers with a higher vocal range are plenty at the
And a comment on Rebecca's 2010 album CINNABAR, which resulted in a nomination for best Traditional Singer of Canada by the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
“Brilliantly creative,... outstandingly original,... an intense and haunting experience, definitely one of the most stimulating CDs of traditional music I’ve heard this year.”
"Different than the many." David Hintz of Folkworld
Rebecca Barclay has been an inspired singer since the age of 12 when she started actively researching folk traditions through the field recordings in a sound library near her junior school. She has a particular interest in the stories of older songs, bringing them to life with ornamentation and rhythmical influences from a diverse range of cultural traditions. Her vocal style, firmly rooted in the tradition of English folk singing, draws for further inspiration from East Indian classical singing, Irish Sean-nós singing, Balkan harmonic singing and South African four-part percussive harmonies each of which she first studied at the "Worlds of Music" group in Toronto Canada. Rebecca Barclay has performed widely across Canada and now the USA and the UK, both as a soloist and as a compliment to an assortment of bands, ranging in style from folk choirs to jazz and celtic rock. See bandpage for full detail. In the early 80's Rebecca was a weekly presenter of the traditional celtic music radio show, Music of the Glen, at CKCU Radio in Ottawa. She has led the Irish song singing workshop for Toronto's annual Chris Langhan Irish Piper Festival. Not afraid to mix a special blend to tell the story of a song, Rebecca's respect for cultural diversity derives from growing up Canadian, in a city that holds a wealth of culture brought to it by its diverse inhabitants.