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Christine Fellows

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | MAJOR | AFM

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | MAJOR | AFM
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"Correction Line Ensemble 4-star Live Review, November 16, 2010 at The Great Hall, Toronto"

Hammering rain and breakneck winds didn’t stop fans of Christine Fellows and the Weakerthans’ John Samson from tucking into the Great Hall to see what the Winnipeg power couple can do with a chamber ensemble… By the end, we were left swept away by the program’s variety, seamlessness and, most of all, beauty. - Carla GIllis - Now Magazine, Toronto


"Shadow Songs (Christine Fellows and Shary Boyle) Live Review, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, October 2010"

Before cinema, the Victorians entertained themselves with magic lanterns…That vintage medium became new again on Tuesday evening at the Gardiner Museum, where visual artist Shary Boyle used an old overhead projector to make visible the songs of Winnipeg musician Christine Fellows…Fellows is a terrific partner for this kind of work because, like Boyle, she mingles light and dark, the sweet with the disturbing…[her] songs were hugely magnified by these efforts, though they’re not at all skimpy on their own. For her final number, the apocalyptic Not Wanted on the Voyage, she stood up in front of the illuminated screen and accompanied herself on ukulele, pausing only a moment as Boyle flung a sheet over her head. It was a touching display of trust, and purposeful silliness, from a pair of enchanting performers. - The Globe and Mail


"Paper Anniversary review"

"... easily her finest {work}, with 14 tracks of sublimely natural elegance and inspired craftsmanship that are as intimate as love letters, as literate as short stories, as poised as poetry, as homespun and unique as birds' nests." **** CALGARY SUN

- Calgary Sun


"Paper Anniversary CD review"

"... the disc is filled with perfect miniatures as finely wrought and layered as a New Yorker short story, with an inviting first line and an eye for detail... A perfect record in nearly every respect, Paper Anniversary is easily one of the best albums of the year.” VANCOUVER COURIER

- Vancouver Courier


"Performing Songwriter review - Nevertheless"

Christine Fellows
Nevertheless

Like Mother Goose with an English degree, Christine Fellows writes songs that are wordy, whimsical and a little disturbing. Kids might sing along, but they’re certain to miss the subtext. Her latest album seems innocent enough, what with its chamber-pop strings, playful banjos and rhythmic piano chords, but behind the lace curtains, there lives a cast of strange and tragic characters. Fellows treats these people—mostly old ladies and lonely bird enthusiasts—with great affection. Her child-like voice signals sympathy for their situations, and her detailed narratives reveal her to be a kind and interested observer, not merely an exploiter of broken lives. On “Cruel Jim,” Fellows learns that her rugged prizefighting neighbor has painted his walls “robin’s-egg blue.” She’d love to know why, but she’s an outsider among outsiders. Her songs are stolen glances, all worth a look. —K. Partridge

FOR FANS OF:
The Decemberists – Her Majesty
Jill Sobule – Jill Sobule
Feist – The Reminder - K. Partridge, Performing Songwriter Magazine


"Nevertheless review - Bust Magazine"

You've got to love a woman who's gained success in the male-dominated music industry by doing whatever the hell she wants... A colorful lyricist with a knack for cobbling a fantastical landscape, Fellows creates a time and place that is well worth a visit. - Sara Graham, Bust Magazine


"Christine Fellows steals Hillside Festival"

After an exhaustingly hot and sticky weekend full of great performances, Christine Fellows politely stole the show, closing out Sunday night with one of the most remarkably beautiful spectacles Hillside has ever witnessed. Toronto visual artist Shary Boyle accompanied Fellows and her band by creating astonishing artwork, which she displayed with an overhead projector. Whether literal or abstract interpretations of Fellows’ songs, Boyle’s work perfectly complemented the multi-layered music, which itself was bolstered by the likes of Weakerthans John K. Samson and Jason Tait, and Hylozoist Paul Aucoin. Truly stunning.

- Exclaim! Magazine


"Spin Magazine"


**Wryly literary "spinster" unveils a mesmerizing song cycle**

Though Christine Fellows' fourth solo disc appears prim, even haughty - a page of acknowledgements cites numerous artists and poets - an impish impropriety pervades her music. Like a one-woman Decemberists, she loves anachronism and swooning orchestration: "The Goddess of Macrame" hilariously paints the '70s with dark shadows, while "The Spinster's Almanac" bobs happily through a mournful story of loss. Each succeeds, like most of Nevertheless, by being slyly unpredictable, rarely self-serious, and unabashedly tuneful. - Josh Modell - Spin Magazine - Nevertheless 4-star review, Feb 2008


"Nevertheless feature review"

"... mad and wonderful, a work of enigmatic magnificence and ghosts, richly textured and untethered to genre or era ... the record feels like going through an old house, room by room, stuffed with privately precious objects. Ukulele and piano provide her base, along with her sing-song, bell-clear voice, and she conjures a dreamy orchestra of strings, glockenspiel, bass, banjo, found sounds and other voices at will ... Nevertheless is an impeccable classic of a canon all her own." - Vue Weekly, Edmonton


"Nevertheless review - cover story"

"... Richly textured and lovingly played... words and music that will fire imaginations."
- Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg


"Globe and Mail 4-star review of Nevertheless"

“For her fourth album, Christine Fellows has made the year’s best dance record, yet without beats... magical and poignantly dramatic... It gets better with each play; Nevertheless, it is adorable immediately.” l - The Globe and Mail


"Dawson City Music Festival 2006 live review"

“Remembering back to Dawson City Music Festival 2006, the highlight for me would have to be a beautiful performance at the Palace Grand Theatre by Christine Fellows and her band. During the show, graphic artist Shary Boyle made cut out shadow art projected on an overhead projector while the band played. During the tune Migrations, she created a beautiful image of a flying boy that circled our heads as the band hit the uplifting chorus. I cried like a baby.” – Grant Lawrence - CBC Radio 3


Discography

2 little birds (2000)
The Last One Standing (Six Shooter Records 2002)
Paper Anniversary (Six Shooter Records Canada 2005/USA 2006)
The Spinster's Almanac 7" (March 2007)
Nevertheless CD (Six Shooter Records 2007)
Femmes de chez nous CD and Reliquary/Reliquaire DVD (Six Shooter Records release date: Feb 1, 2011)

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Bio

Four nuns traveling by canoe toward an unknown destination, a small-town stenographer crowned beauty queen, a landlocked mermaid, and a reckless runaway with one true wish—these are some of the characters that inhabit the songs of Winnipeg singer/songwriter Christine Fellows. Though they drift from swimming pools to frozen lakes, from Venetian canals to inland rivers, all the women in these songs are connected—all are femmes de chez nous (“our gals”). Six Shooter Records proudly presents Fellows’ fifth and most ambitious solo release to date: Femmes de chez nous (CD) and Reliquary/Reliquaire (DVD), a bilingual studio album and performance film, and a testament to resilience, community and the transformative power of art.

The thirteen-song Femmes de chez nous album was produced by Christine Fellows, recorded by Cam Loeppky at Prairie Recording Co. in Winnipeg, and features longtime collaborators Jason Tait (Bahamas, The Weakerthans) and Leanne Zacharias, along with a host of other remarkable musicians. The packaging features artwork by another longtime collaborator, the award-winning visual artist Shary Boyle, who, along with Zacharias, is featured in the accompanying DVD, Reliquary/Reliquaire.

Reliquary/Reliquaire is the film that captures a rare and moving multidisciplinary performance work produced by Fellows, featuring four female voices, piano, two cellos, overhead projections and film. This extraordinary performance was inspired by and filmed at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum in Winnipeg, and celebrates Franco-Manitoban history and culture. Songs such as "Mlle. Sténo" are vividly animated by the overhead projections of Shary Boyle, magically infused with historic parade footage, and carried aloft by chorus of female voices. In "Flood, 1861", the Grey Nuns row their canoe fearlessly toward the unknown, and Fellows’ buoyant twist on traditional French Canadian ballad "Un canadien errant" is accompanied by stunning footage of a vibrant community at its height.

An avid interdisciplinary collaborator, Fellows often works with visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers and musicians from all disciplines to create performance works, scores and spectacles. She was Composer-in-Residence at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007-08), Artist-in-Residence at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum in Winnipeg (2009), and most recently, Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter-in-Residence (2011). Along with visual artist Shary Boyle, she was awarded a Harbourfront Centre Fresh Ground new works commission to create a performance work geared toward children, which will be unveiled during Harbourfront Centre's 2012 season, and in 2010 she co-founded the Correction Line Ensemble, a six-piece ensemble that bridges classical and contemporary music.

Label/Management:
Shauna de Cartier shauna@sixshooterrecords.com

Six Shooter Records
Box 98038, 970 Queen St. E.,
Toronto, ON M4M 1J0
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