Since Catherine MacLellan was lauded as Critics’ Favourite New Discovery by Canada’s prestigious folk magazine Penguin Eggs in 2008, she has been a perennial fixture at the top of Canada’s Roots Music charts, has won numerous awards, includingEnglish Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2012, and gained international acclaim from the likes of The Austin Chronicle, The Boston Globe, BBC Radio, Maverick and Q Magazine.
Her latest release, The Raven’s Sun, takes the listener further along Catherine’s journey in song, delving deeper into the territories of life, death and transformation. Produced by her long time musical partner Chris Gauthier, The Raven’s Sun shines a light on their musical chemistry and catches them both at their best.
Recorded in the woods outside of Woodstock, NY by Grammy award winning Danny Blume, The Raven’s Sun also features a couple of stellar guest performances by Nashville fiddler Andy Leftwich (Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder) and is another reminder that Catherine’s songwriting and musicianship are unparalleled among performers of her generation.
As a young songwriter Catherine MacLellan didn’t have to look far for inspiration or insight into the creative process. She's the daughter of late Canadian music legend, singer/songwriter Gene MacLellan, best know internationally as the writer of ‘Snowbird’, an international hit for Anne Murray (and recorded by Catherine on her acclaimed 2012 album Silhouette), and ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’, recorded by Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Donny Hathaway and Loretta Lynn among many others.
A two-time winner at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards (Folk & Solo Recording of the Year), Catherine also picked up five awards at that year’s PEI (Prince Edward Island) Music Awards including Album and Songwriter of the Year. A favourite amongst her east coast songwriter peers, Catherine stands out as a true gem.
Praise for Catherine MacLellan
“Comparisons with Joni Mitchell, Kathleen Edwards & Gillian Welch are not overstated.” - Americana-UK
“There is something beautifully simple and honest about Catherine MacLellan’s music” - The Irish Times
“Catherine MacLellan has one of the finest voices in folk or country currently, with consummate songwriting craft and a growing reputation as a charismatic and entrancing live performer.” - The Line Of Best Fit
“A singer-songwriter rapidly approaching the first rank.” - Maverick
“MacLellan's vocals may drip pure honey, but there is an emotional honesty here that places her in the esteemed company of such country icons as Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton.” - MusicOMH