Kensington Prairie

Kensington Prairie

 St. Catharines, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkAmericana

Kensington Prairie is built around the effortlessly melodic songs and voice of Rebecca Rowan. KP's songs will soften even the thickest of skins.

New Album "Come to the Waters" released October 5th, 2015.

Biography

 Rebecca Rowan began her musical endeavors as one of the forming members of Maplewood Lane in 1999.  Maplewood Lane went on to record 2 full length albums and 2 EP’s, and licensed a large majority of their songs to film and television. Their songs appeared in Radio Free Roscoe, The Dark Oracle, Life with Derek, Degrassi High the Next Generation, and Atom Egoyin’s “Sabah”. They were featured in the soundtrack of Radio Free Roscoe and appeared in Top 30 College Radio Charts across Canada and the U.S.

In the Fall of 2006, Rebecca began to work on a solo-project, which developed into Kensington Prairie’s "Captured In Still Life (2008)".   KP quickly followed in MWL’s footsteps, by licensing three songs, A Million Skies, Photographs and Disappear from View, to the CBC’s brand new prime-time show Heartland, as well as being nominated for the top 10 Folk Albums of 2008 by National Public Radio USA.

In the Fall of 2008 Rebecca and family moved across Canada and took root in the Niagara Region, Ontario. For the last six years Rebecca has been on staff at Central Community Church as the Music Director for the Downtown Campus, where she has been part of the "Central Live" recordings (the latest was nominated for a Dove award).  Kensington Prairie recorded a limited edition EP, called "The Healing Tree (2010), and not long afterwards began working on a new full-length album, that became "Come to the Waters".

In October 2015 Kensington Prairie released "Come to The Waters" on Independent Label, Rarebird Records. The album was immediately nominated by the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) for the Best Folk or Roots Album of 2015.

 
Rebecca and her Kensington Prairie friends have performed shows ranging from local concerts to music festivals such as NXNE (Toronto), New Music West (Vancouver), Woodsong Festival (Orcas Island), and Tomfest (Portland).  They have numerous shows booked in support of the new album in the Greater Toronto Area.

Lyrics

Snowflakes and Great Lakes

Written By: rebecca rowan

Grey days and slow trains
Keep rolling down the line
See you, at the window
Waving in time
In time to the city
Lights as they go by
In time to the city
Streets as they fly by.

Snowflakes and Great Lakes
Keep filling up our lives
See you, in the morning
As you stumble down the line
In time to the seasons
As they turn in our eyes
In time to the footprints
As they turn into miles.

And today there is no better time
To know I’m yours and you are mine

We’ll see you tomorrow, tomorrow
We’ll love you today

A Million Skies

Written By: rebecca rowan

Dusk has turned to nightfall,
Dawn has replaced day
And I don’t feel so far away now
I’m thinking of you
Wherever you may be
And I don’t feel so far away now.

And your eyes, they are the lights that
Flicker in a million skies
And your eyes, they are the stars that
Glimmer for a million miles
Oooh, oooh.

We’ve witnessed many sunsets,
Watched as many moon falls,
And I know you’re not far away now
Tho’ oceans divide us
And worlds may come between us
I know you’re not far away now.

And your eyes, they are the lights that
Flicker in a million skies

Letters that I Send

Written By: rebecca rowan

Of all the longing within
This fragile skin of mine
This to be the first
To bring back time.
From the far corners of the world
Places we’ve been to
And all those childish eyes we’ve
Tried to look thru.
And do you know how
To pick up the pieces
Put them all, back together
The dream of yesterday
And all the different faces
We seem to find everywhere.

Of all the longing within
This wild yellow sun
The mystery of time past
And time still to come.
From the far corners of the world
This landscape we call ours
Of many layered loves and
Many scattered ones.

And do you know how
To pick up the pieces
Put them all back together
The dream of yesterday
And all the different faces
We seem to find everywhere.

Of all the longing within
These letters that I send
This to be the last
To see you again.

Crooked Things Straight

Written By: rebecca rowan

There’s no wind today
Yet our friends are dropping like flies
From the weight of these grey skies
So tell me , tell me
Is there a way to make crooked things straight
Or to replace all the joy to your eyes.

You never really know
What kind of things will show
Up in your way.
You never really can tell
The ringing of those bells
In your ears.
Or what kind of black cloud’s
Gonna start raining down on your parade.

It seems so lately
That all the rivers are flowing to the sea
The sea is never full of, her misery
So tell me, tell me
Is there a way to make black turn to white
Or to replace all the hope to your eyes.

You never really know
What kind of things will show
Up in your way.
You never really can tell
The ringing of those bells
In your ears.
Or what kind of black cloud’s
Gonna start raining down on your parade.

Don’t let it get to you
No, no,no
Don’t let it get to you
It’s the best you can do.

Time On Our Side

Written By: rebecca rowan

Oh, clear and autumn sky
Bring us the sparrows song
How we long to feel alive-
It’s been far too long.
Oh, fair and sudden joy
Find us where we are
And bring us back around
To all things that we love.

Oh, you never really know what you have
‘til it’s gone.
So, honey hold me close
Because we’ve got time on our side.

Oh, bright and winter light
Fading into fall
Bury deep the past
That only brings us down.
Oh, new and dawning day
Take from us our sorrow
And lead us hand in hand
Ever to tomorrow.

Oh, you never really know what you have
‘til it’s gone.
So, honey hold me close
Because we’ve got time on our side.

Photographs

Written By: rebecca rowan


Life goes by so fast
Just like these photographs
And albums lying on
The floor next to you.

Who were we yesterday
And who are we tomorrow
Just a collage of memories-
Pictures of you and me.

If we develop all the negatives,
Can we piece together all the substance-
Of years in our hearts.

People we once knew
Separated by miles
But you’re close enough to touch
Here on the black and white.

Smiles caught on a page
Captured in still life
Forced inside wooden frames-
Just like these photographs.

And if we develop all the negatives
Can we piece together all the substance-
Of years in our hearts.

Life goes by so fast,
Just like these photographs.

Bluebirds

Written By: rebecca rowan

We all know that we were young
Pocketing days in the sun
We knew that they’d fly away
Bring us to an older day
Oh, where have they gone?
So, so long?

That was when the world was young
All the colours were so bright
All the stars shone in the sky
Never was a blackened night
Oh, where have they gone?
So, so long?

When will the bluebird
Sing her song by the window
When will the new year
Shine her face like she did,
Before when, we were seventeen.

Now we are both old and grey
Full of years and full of days
We’ve seen a great many things
Especially bluebirds in our dreams
Oh, where have they gone?
So, so long?

When will the bluebird
Sing her song by the window
When will the new year
Shine her face like she did,
Before when, we were seventeen.

Cathedrals and Towers

Written By: rebecca rowan

Moments, moments and days
Ground under foot in so many ways
Like the pebbles and sand
That we find on the ocean shore.
Flying away,
Like the birds of the air
Cathedrals and towers,
Ring out their bells
For every breath that we sound
Out so well….
It’s one more to tell.

Hours, hours and weeks
The emptying of buckets into the sea
Like the tide coming in
Who knows where the last day has been.
Flying away,
Like the birds of the air
Cathedrals and towers
Ring out their bells
For every breath that we sound
Out so well….
It’s one more to tell.

Disappear from View

Written By: rebecca rowan


Like a curtain being drawn upon a room
You, disappear from view
Like the grey, edging out the blue
You, disappear from view.

And is it going to be
A long, hard winter?

Like clouds rolling in, off the sea
The way, the way you are to me
Like the leaves, darkening their hue
You, disappear from view.

And is it going to be
A long, hard winter?

You, disappear from view
You, disappear from view

Golden Days

Written By: rebecca rowan

We were 3 and 6 and 8
When we played in the yard
As we laughed in the breeze
As we swayed in the grass,
We played hide and go seek
In the yellow cornfields high
Our world was made of three-
You my brothers, and I.

Those were our golden days
In the sun,
Those were our golden days
Each and every one.

We were 4 and 7 and 9
When we skipped across the beach
We built castles in the sand
On the warm Indian sea,
We would race across the water
And sleep under the sky
Our world was made of three-
You my brothers, and I.

Those were our golden days
In the sun,
Those were our golden days
Each and every one.

La La La

Discography

Captured in Still Life (2008)

The Healing Tree EP (2010)

Come To The Waters (2015)


"Captured in Still Life" was released April 22nd, 2008 on Anniedale Records (Independent). "Captured In Still Life" was voted by NPR (National Public Radio) as the #3 Folk Album of 2008. Our album has garnered countless positive reviews and has had regular radio and podcast rotation in Canada, United States, and Europe.

Our song Bluebirds was featured on Paste Magazine's October 2008 CD.

Set List

Our set ranges from 40-60 minutes - depending on venue. We have countless songs in our repertoire and we usually do one or two covers.