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Mary Gauthier releases 6th album

May 29, 2010 by  

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Mary Gauthier releases 6th album

Mary Gauthier, the acclaimed songwriter releases her 6th album ‘The Foundling’ on Proper Records in the UK and announces one off gig at Bush Hall, London on 8th June.

“I was born to an unwed mother in 1962 and adopted shortly thereafter,” Mary Gauthier explains. “When I was 45 years old, I searched for, found and was denied a meeting with my birth mother. She couldn’t afford to re-open the wound she’d carried her whole life, the wound of surrendering a baby. The Foundling is my story.” The resulting album is the acclaimed songwriter’s intensely personal exploration into her experience and her subsequent search for meaning and identity.

Written and recorded over the course of two years, The Foundling was produced in Toronto by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, of whom Gauthier notes, “Mike understood my story and was able to create a musical landscape that captures the nuances of the narrative.” Of the album’s genesis, Gauthier adds, “I envisioned writing a song cycle about relinquishment and adoption, but for years the songs I was trying to write didn’t have an emotional center. When I found my mother, I found the emotional center of the album, as well as the explanation for the ‘orphan feeling’ I’d lived with since I was a child.”

Guest musicians on the album include Michael Timmins, fellow Cowboy Junkie Margo Timmins and Garth Hudson.

Since her debut in 1997, critics have consistently heralded Gauthier. Her most recent release, Between Daylight and Dark (2007) has been called “…a triumph that should catapult her to the forefront of Americana singer/songwriters,” by Paste Magazine, while the New York Daily News declared, “If she keeps this up, one day she may assume the mantle of Johnny Cash…”






 

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