Norma MacDonald was born and raised in Cape Breton, and now lives in Halifax, NS. She likes Gram Parsons records, talking to strangers, potato chips, David Lynch movies and swimming in the ocean. Her fourth album, Burn the Tapes, is a sonic conglomeration of these affections. Recorded over 13 months in rural Upper Musquodoboit, NS, it marks MacDonald’s first time taking the reigns as sole producer and features the talents of some of Nova Scotia’s finest musicians.
MacDonald’s voice holds sublime contradictions—it’s fluid but piercing, self-assured but full of yearning. Her latest album is just as complex: incisive lyrics exploring old stories and fresh heartbreaks with startling acuity, all woven into a warm and bright country/folk album. Burn the Tapes is at turns scrappy and slick, naive and confident, playful and heavy. From the summertime, old-friend nostalgia of the opening track “Company” to the quirky, unsettling country-noir of “Lighten Up”, to the dark, orchestral Springsteen homage “To Nebraska”, Burn the Tapes plays like the soundtrack to long night time drive that’s over too soon.
Burn the Tapes debuted at #3 on the national Earshot Folk/Roots chart the week of its release and has received glowing reviews across Canada, the US and the UK. It was nominated by Music Nova Scotia as Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year.
Saturday April 18th
Doors 6:45 PM | Show 7:30 PM
Lunenburg Opera House, Lunenburg
Listen to the Norma MacDonald here!
$25.00 – ages 26 and over
$12.50 – ages 25 and under
Through TicketPro: 1-888-311-9090 or on-line
Folk Harbour Office: 125 Montague St., Lunenburg, 902 634-3180 (office open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call first to confirm times.)
At consignment locations:
Shop on the Corner, Lunenburg / Caico Mae Clothiers, Lunenburg
Kinburn Pharmasave, Mahone Bay / Rose Bay General Store