Cathleen Lesperance
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Cathleen Lesperance

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"June 2008"

*translated to English

"What many take a few albums to do, she charmed us her first album out. This young lady has a voice which she uses cleverly at singing beautifully and where you get a delicious feeling of rest and untouched joy. Songs as "These Things Remain", "Highway" and "Thomas Berry" can stay on repeat. And the title track "Gypsy as I Go" is even of such a good quality that we could hear Emmylou Harris or Natalie Merchant to do a cover of it. The nine songs are of a tiny instrumentation, they are mostly acoustic and can easily be categorized under "Easy Listening" Only "Little Boy Blue" has some gentle rock influences and shows that it must be not always acoustic for Cathleen. "What Comes Around Goes Around" is gentle and stays under your skin and only violin and congas. The clear and pure voice of Cathleen completes the environment on this album. There stand only nine songs on this album but we gladly take them all. Cathleen has spent the last 13 years as a dental nurse, we think the next 13 years she is destined to be on many stages. A very strong album."
- Rootstime Magazine


"July 2008"





GYPSY AS I GO
Cathleen Lesperance
Independent
6.5-out-of-10
It is interesting listening to Cathleen Lesperance's full-length debut; Gypsy As I Go, that she is a self-taught musician – not that that is so rare – but in this case she didn't start playing guitar, or writing until she was into her 20s.
The late start hasn't seemed a huge hindrance for this Saskatchewan gal. This CD was actually recorded in Prince Albert.
So what does Lesperance offer us. Well this is music somewhere in the folk/roots, at times near country vein. She keeps the instrumentation bare bones, relying instead of her voice, which of course is the bread and butter of folk artists. For someone who wasn't performing at the age of five like many artists, Lesperance has an obviously natural songstress voice. It may not have the range of a classically trained performer, but there is a conversational honesty to it that works in this genre.
To Lesperance's credit, she also penned the nine songs here. There might not be the next great folk anthem here, they don't have that kind of lasting message, but again, there is honesty in the words. You can tell Lesperance wants to simply tell stories, and the words flow as a result.
There are several nice songs here, the title cut and Thomas Berry leading the pack. Overall this is a very nice first effort by a Saskatchewan artist, who you have to believe will grow musically with greater experience at her craft. A nice way to start, and certainly worth a listen.
You can check her out at www.myspace.com/clesperance
-- CALVIN DANIELS - Yorkton this Week


"Ottawa CKCU Radio"

"What Comes Around Goes Around" placed in Ottawa CKCU radio's Top Ten Songs of 2008 for radio program "Thursday Morning Special Blend" - Thursday Morning Special Blend


Discography

Gypsy As I Go - released 2008

COMPILATIONS

Rasputin's Folk Cafe Sing Along 1999

- Radio airplay for

"Highway"
"These Things Remain"
"Lipstick Envy"
"What Comes Around Goes Around"

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Bio

There is something about the Canadian prairie cities that produce songwriters like Cathleen, with an instantly recognizable sparkle. Unusual for a songwriter, she didn't pick up an instrument or start singing or writing until her mid-twenties. She's a natural on stage with a warm and witty presence and a soulful voice- clearly enough raw talent to burn. Musical influences range from Johnny Cash and Edith Piaf to Janis Ian and Natalie Merchant. Her debut album "Gypsy As I Go" released March 2008, which she co-produced, reflects her prairie folk rock style and poetic songwriting.