Toronto-based folk duo Madison Violet performs at Unitarian Hall on April 14. (Photo courtesy Jenna Walker)

Toronto-based folk duo Madison Violet performs at Unitarian Hall

Duo will debut work from new album, ‘Everything’s Shifting’

It’s been 20 years since singer-songwriters Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac met in Toronto and formed the folk duo Madison Violet, and MacIsaac said they still get nervous when playing personal songs to an audience for the first time.

“Brenley always says when she goes to play a first song she gets a shaky leg…” MacIsaac said. “It’s those things that enable you to really emote and sing it truthfully and honestly.”

Last month the duo released Everything’s Shifting, an album MacIsaac describes as very personal and heartbreaking, but adds that there’s cheer as well.

“I do come from Cape Breton so we always throw in a fiddle tune,” she said.

In March Madison Violet debuted Everything’s Shifting in Europe. MacIsaac said their tour through Germany and Switzerland went so well they ran out of records.

This month Canadian ears will get to hear those tunes for the first time when the pair swing through Alberta, B.C. and Nova Scotia, with a stop at Nanaimo’s Unitarian Hall on April 14.

“We’ve been writing sort of nonstop for the last two years and a lot happened over those couple years that inspired new songs and so it’s been a long time coming and it feels very good to have it out for people to finally hear it,” MacIsaac said.

MacIsaac said she and MacEachern entered the studio with twice the number of songs that ended up on the album. She said they selected the songs they hoped would evoke the most emotion.

“The album isn’t all sad, there’s definitely some good emotion in there as well and some tracks that will hopefully get you out of your chair and make you dance,” MacIsaac said. “But I think that our forté is truth telling and making people bring out what they’ve been internalizing and hopefully they can find some truth themselves and something relatable in the music.”

WHAT’S ON … Madison Violet performs at Unitarian Hall on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22, available online.



arts@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RDN budget includes unexpected $1.5 million for sewer pipe replacement

Pipe corrosion at Departure Bay discovered in December

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 20

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Nanaimo loses longtime soccer supporter

Leo Beier had an impact on hundreds of athletes during a decades-long devotion to soccer

‘Stretched’ art show returns to Gabriola Island

Artists challenged to create works on six-by-36-inch long canvases

Snuneymuxw flag once again flying atop Nanaimo City Hall

Ceremony held Thursday to return flag after it was taken down in 2017

Snuneymuxw flag once again flying atop Nanaimo City Hall

Ceremony held Thursday to return flag after it was taken down in 2017

Petition seeks to remove local police department from Lindsay Buziak murder case

American woman starts online petition in hopes of helping Buziak family

Health officials confirm sixth COVID-19 case in B.C.

Woman remains in isolation as Fraser Health officials investigate

Study says flu vaccine protected most people during unusual influenza season

Test-negative method was pioneered by the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2004

Saskatchewan and B.C. reach championship round at Scotties

British Columbia’s Corryn Brown locked up the last berth in Pool B

Resident discovers five discarded hog heads in Vancouver Island ditch

WARNING: Graphic image may be upsetting to some readers

Malware infiltration slows production at Island pulp mills

Infestation affecting Crofton, Alberni, Powell River Paper Excellence operations

B.C. lawyer, professor look to piloting a mental-health court

In November, Nova Scotia’s mental-health court program marked 10 years of existence

COLUMN: Not an expert on First Nations government structures? Then maybe you should calm down

Consider your knowledge about First Nations governance structures before getting really, really mad

Most Read