Madison Violet

Canadian roots duo Madison Violet have racked up an impressive array of credits over the last decade and beyond, including Canadian Folk Awards, Independent Music Awards, and becoming the only Canadian act to win the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac’s success has been hard earned, though, annually spending around eight months on the road, touring throughout North America and Europe, winning fans and champions the old-fashioned way; one song at a time, one gig at a time. Both hailing from small towns in Canada, Brenley and Lisa have a strong affiliation with Scotland, and one which last brought them to the far north in 2009, to the Shetland Folk Festival. We are delighted to welcome them to Orkney for the first time in 2014.

Having chosen a musical path that channels their parents’ vintage record collection, that comprised the likes of Neil Young and Dolly Parton, their distinct take on iconic Americana-inspired up-tempo melodies beautifully contrasts with their breathtakingly sweeping and personal lyrics, creating songs that blend nods to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch with radio-friendly flecks of The Court-Yard Hounds.

Madison Violet's heartfelt (and often heartbreaking) lyrics sit in brilliant contrast to their uplifting arrangements, pushing their graceful harmonies to the surface. This hallmark fusion has seen the duo sell out their own tours across North America and Europe, have the prestigious distinction of touring with Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe, and share stages with contemporaries such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Ron Sexsmith and The Indigo Girls. Madison Violet’s is a lush, inviting sound, intimate yet country-infused and toe-tapping, and one which has seen them firmly labelled as amongst Canada’s finest singer/songwriters.

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