In July 2011 Miss Emily Brown's vintage Oscar Schmidt autoharp was stolen in Nanaimo, BC. After months of searching for a replacement Brown, discovered Seattle autoharp innovator Pete D’Aigle. According to Brown, "Pete D'Aigle's workshop, located underneath the second runway of the Sea-Tac Airport, boasts its own movie theatre popcorn machine and built-in stage for monthly folk jams. D’Aigle’s Cadillac model autoharp, the Cascade, allows for the swapping of chord bars, making it possible for players to move beyond the traditional 21 built-in chords."
To raise funds for a new custom autoharp from D'Aigle, Brown whose album In Technicolour was one of my picks for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize, is releasing a new EP.
Woodwire was recorded in May, 2011 in Kreuzberg, Berlin and was the "fruit of a spontaneous collaboration with German producer and multi-instrumentalist Martyn Heyne." It will be available as a physical CD or digital download on March 13 from Brown's website at emilybrownmusic.com.
You can also catch Miss Emily Brown on tour at:
March 17, 2012 - The Upper Realm Book Store, Quadra Island BC
March 26, 2012 - Hermann's Jazz Club, Victoria BC
March 27, 2012 - Kozmik Zoo, Vancouver BC
April 27, 2012 - Ste. Anne's Coffeehouse, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC
April 29, 2012 - The Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield QC
May 4, 2012 - The Tranzac, Toronto ON