Jane Blanchard
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Jane Blanchard

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Established on Jan, 2017
Duo Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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Apr
22
Jane Blanchard @ flourish festival

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Mar
23
Jane Blanchard @ The Timber Lounge

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Mar
18
Jane Blanchard @ Thunder & Lightning

Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

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"PERSONAL VIEWS: The Best of 2016 from Across Canada"

This is Jane's first release and hoooooo it is a doozy. It's only 3 songs, short and sweet, but it's got the weight of so much more; you feel like you are peering directly into a bleeding, aching, twenty-something heart. It's so honest it hurts.

Jane has spent many years (although not that many, she's only like 22) behind the scenes, playing supportive keyboard roles in bands since high school. When she announced that she had a solo project, I don't think anybody had any idea what to expect. I remember her first performance; she was visibly shaking and I was mentally preparing for a condolence speech afterward. But when she began to play, the whole audience went completely silent. Tears were shed, hugs were extended across the room, it was a breakthrough moment. Her voice is so heart-wrenching and her songwriting so scarily honest, I avoid her shows unless I'm prepared to cry for all the lovers I've lost and all the mistakes I've made. I think she knows the power she holds, which is why she still shakes when she steps on stage; it's not fear, it's reverence. - Chart Attack


"2016 en seize tounes anglophones de la côte Est à réécouter l'an prochain"

En marge de leurs autres projets à titre de musiciens et d'intervenants clés de la scène locale de Fredericton, Jane Blanchard et Stefan Westner opèrent avec aisance et naturel à l'intérieur de cette magnifique collection de trois chansons ambiantes. - BRBR


"CHAMBRE À PART. ANTHOLOGIE RAPIDE DU ROCK INDÉPENDANT ANGLO-CANADIEN OBSCUR"

Duo guitare-batterie faisant dans le singer-songwriter complètement éclaté, écrit à merveille. La meilleure nouvelle musique à sortir de Fredericton, selon Tate, et je pense être d’accord. Tout simplement délicieux. - Le Pantoum


"‘Narcissus’ is the haunting debut EP by Fredericton musician Jane Blanchard."

Jane Blanchard is known to many as a member of David in the Dark where she contributes vocals and keyboards to the popular Fredericton rock ensemble, but on her debut EP Narcissus, Blanchard steps out on her own with a three song collection that bears little resemblance to her other projects, positioning her as a new and important emerging voice within the Fredericton music community.

Despite clocking in at just under ten minutes, Narcissus is a solid introduction for Blanchard, combining the subtle feel of a bedroom recording with edgy arrangements that challenge the EP’s otherwise melancholic feel to create a poetic contrast full of dynamic starts, stops and punches. The EP was recorded in Fredericton by Dylan Ward at the ShiftWork Studio.

“I wanted to create a debut EP that was diverse,” said Blanchard. “These three songs reflect that while still maintaining the raw and honest sound that I was aiming for. I have a lot of slower songs, but as I write more I’m beginning to write some more upbeat, heavier tracks. This EP is a reflection of the softer sound achieved in the sets as well as an introduction to the heavier material we are getting into.”

Blanchard is joined on this recording by drummer Stefan Westner (David in the Dark) who gives effective accompaniment to Blanchard’s stripped down guitar work without challenging the important place her vocals play within the mix.

“The songs achieve much more depth when Stefan is playing,” said Blanchard. “He is very aware of the dynamics and sensitivities with my songs and he’s done an amazing job of learning and playing the sets. It’s always great to have someone to bounce ideas back and forth with too.”

Narcissus is a great example of how the simplest instrumentation can work effectively to create a balanced, engaging listening experience. Highly recommended. - Grid City Magazine


"[LISTEN] JANE BLANCHARD – SEVEN"

Whetting our appetite for her new release ‘Narcissus’ (Sept. 7th) Jane Blanchard gives us a sneak track. The production on “seven” is sparse and squeaky clean, putting the focus on Blanchard’s coolly intelligent vocals. The spurts of electric guitar provide nice highlights. - Ride The Tempo


Discography

Narcissus EP 

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Bio

Jane Blanchard takes inspiration from emotive subjects, sweaty summers, past loves and imaginary conversations. She measures the prerogative of her youth in contrast to the uncertain realities of adulthood, contemplating the yearnings of independence and companionship through thoughtfully blunt compositions. 

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