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Kim Beggs

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada | INDIE | AFM

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada | INDIE | AFM
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see url - Maverick Magazine


...her marvelously anecdotal songwriting (nine originals are here) authentically captures and comments on various elements of the rustic, laid-back charm of the Canadian north - Sing Out!


Kim Beggs
Blue Bones (Black Hen) BY SARAH GREENE
Kim Beggs is the real deal. With an instantly recognizable voice that blends sweetness and grit, the Yukon-based singer/songwriter (and sometimes carpenter) tells stories of love, blues, bones and the North on her third album and first for the Black Hen label.

Beggs’s writing has never been better. She makes subtle adjustments to familiar folk forms, as on the excellent opener, Honey And Crumbs, with its shifting refrain and surprise high notes. Bring Out Your Bones and Firewater Bones delve deep into blues and death, while Can’t Drive Slow Yodel reveals her more buoyant side. Backed throughout by an impressive cast of Canadian and American musicians, Beggs shines in harmony with Gurf Morlix on pretty, slow-rocking love song Maiden Heart.

With original writing this good, covers by Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin and Jack Clement seem unnecessary, though Beggs’s interpretations keep the album seamless.

Top track: Maiden Heart - NOW MAgazine


BLUE BONES
Kim Beggs
Black Hen Music
Blue Bones is the latest release from Kim Beggs, a Yukon based singer-songwriter and Canadiana pioneer. Blue Bones has garnered high ratings and critical acclaim from many publications including 5 stars from Maverick Magazine in the UK and Now Magazine here in Canada. When I first checked out Beggs' website, I was a little skeptical about all of the quoted hype, until I popped the disc in the player and had my first listen.

The songs are honest and clear; familiar themes of love and loss appear frequently throughout. Beggs' vocals seem easy and effortless, and twist like the Yukon River through the musical accompaniment. Beggs collaborated with Steve Dawson, who backs her on every song on the album playing the national steel, electric slide, and weissenborn. Beggs was also backed by John Raham (drums), Keith Lowe (bass) and Chris Gestrin (keyboards), each musician adding a deep resonance to the themes of each song and creating an organic sound that suits the album well. - NOW Magazine


BLUE BONES
Kim Beggs
Black Hen Music
Blue Bones is the latest release from Kim Beggs, a Yukon based singer-songwriter and Canadiana pioneer. Blue Bones has garnered high ratings and critical acclaim from many publications including 5 stars from Maverick Magazine in the UK and Now Magazine here in Canada. When I first checked out Beggs' website, I was a little skeptical about all of the quoted hype, until I popped the disc in the player and had my first listen.

The songs are honest and clear; familiar themes of love and loss appear frequently throughout. Beggs' vocals seem easy and effortless, and twist like the Yukon River through the musical accompaniment. Beggs collaborated with Steve Dawson, who backs her on every song on the album playing the national steel, electric slide, and weissenborn. Beggs was also backed by John Raham (drums), Keith Lowe (bass) and Chris Gestrin (keyboards), each musician adding a deep resonance to the themes of each song and creating an organic sound that suits the album well. - NOW Magazine


BLUE BONES
Kim Beggs
Black Hen Music
Blue Bones is the latest release from Kim Beggs, a Yukon based singer-songwriter and Canadiana pioneer. Blue Bones has garnered high ratings and critical acclaim from many publications including 5 stars from Maverick Magazine in the UK and Now Magazine here in Canada. When I first checked out Beggs' website, I was a little skeptical about all of the quoted hype, until I popped the disc in the player and had my first listen.

The songs are honest and clear; familiar themes of love and loss appear frequently throughout. Beggs' vocals seem easy and effortless, and twist like the Yukon River through the musical accompaniment. Beggs collaborated with Steve Dawson, who backs her on every song on the album playing the national steel, electric slide, and weissenborn. Beggs was also backed by John Raham (drums), Keith Lowe (bass) and Chris Gestrin (keyboards), each musician adding a deep resonance to the themes of each song and creating an organic sound that suits the album well. - NOW Magazine


"Any fan of Buffy St Marie, Joni Mitchell, or even Neil Young, will not be disappointed by Blue Bones, I highly recommend checking out all of Kim Beggs' music." - Yorkton This Week


“Featuring a mix of her distinctive original songs as well as a few well-chosen covers, Blue Bones has rarely left my CD player since I first heard the album in the spring.” - No Depression


“Featuring a mix of her distinctive original songs as well as a few well-chosen covers, Blue Bones has rarely left my CD player since I first heard the album in the spring.” - No Depression


“Kim Beggs has the soft gentle voice of a dreamy-eyed teenage girl, the heart and soul of a young woman who is discovering the world is not as romantic as novels portray it, and the experience of a world-weary adult who understands the pains and crushing disappointments of life’s dramas all too well.” - Fame Review (US)


“The sweetly meandering melody, combined with countrified guitar and the gritty harmonies of American musician and producer Gurf Morlix, is the very definition of rootsy charm. …Kim Beggs is Blue right down to her bones.” - Exclaim! Magazine


“The sweetly meandering melody, combined with countrified guitar and the gritty harmonies of American musician and producer Gurf Morlix, is the very definition of rootsy charm. …Kim Beggs is Blue right down to her bones.” - Exclaim! Magazine


“The sweetly meandering melody, combined with countrified guitar and the gritty harmonies of American musician and producer Gurf Morlix, is the very definition of rootsy charm. …Kim Beggs is Blue right down to her bones.” - Exclaim! Magazine


“Kim Beggs’ girl-woman voice is perfect for this song [‘Maiden Heart’] about a kind of innocence than never dies” - Globe and Mail


“Kim Beggs’ girl-woman voice is perfect for this song [‘Maiden Heart’] about a kind of innocence than never dies” - Globe and Mail


“If Kim Beggs was making music when Joni Mitchell and Neil Young were getting their starts, this Yukon-based singer would be huge. Hopefully that will change with her third record, which is loaded with touching country folk tunes. Lyrics about loss, the north and searching for oil are backed by smooth slide guitars, delicate acoustics and rich harmonies.” - Metro


"The (Kim's) lyrics, just by themselves are high poetry. " - Micheal Enright on CBC Radio One Sunday Edition Mar 13, 2005


"streetcar Heart" is masterful collection of self penned tunes"

"Each (song) is graced with Beggs' voice which is sweet, vulnerable and hypnotic." - Al Beeber, Lethbridge Herald


Yukon resident Beggs is masterful writer of engaging personal narratives that evoke place and time in the manner of the finest folk tradiotnalists. Blessed with a fascinating, sweet voice, Beggs conjures up a rugged Northwest peopled by battlers whose quirky resilience makes these story songs a compelling listen. Standouts are "Old Pal," "I Carry My Guitar," "Her Big Yellow Backhoe," " the title track, and a live version of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane"
--GQ - The Toronto Star Feb 24th, 2005


“Kim Beggs is another wonderful singer/songwriter from the Yukon’s emerging music scene. Streetcar Heart (Caribou Records), features Beggs’ wistful, iconoclastic lyrics and ragged, sweet whisper of a voice backed by a crack northern studio crew.
Such songs as Carry My Guitar capture Beggs’ blue-collar background and love of the local jam-session scene where the sun never sets.
Bus Driver conjures up the darker side of the calendar year and hints at a California/Neil Young fixation that seems so real it hurts, but reaches fruition on her album-capping reading of Young’s Like a Hurricane.
Much of Streetcar Heart has an old-time, woodsmoke country feel, folk art that cuts to the core...

Neil Young, Iris Dement, Gillian Welch, the McGarrigles…add Kim Beggs to that exhalted list of unpretentious charmers. Streetcar Heart’s hook-laden, homey songs get stuck in your heart, and that’s a good thing.”

Joseph Blake
Times Colonist, Victoria, BC
Sunday March 13/05
- Times Colonist


Kim Beggs,
Wanderer's Paean
(independent, 2006)

Wanderer's Paean is the full-bodied, fully realized statement of a major artist. One might compare Beggs broadly -- only broadly -- to Iris DeMent or Gillian Welch, but a more accurate comparison might be to a young Sara Carter, if Sara Carter had lived and sung in a much colder climate. I am certain, at the very least, that Carter would be more than pleased with what Beggs has made of her 1928 recording of "Ain't Gonna Work."

Jerome Clark
Country/bluegrass editor

- Rambles.net: Jerome Clark


Dirty Linen, The Magazine of Folk and World Music
Baltimore, MD.

The Whitehorse, Yukon music scene has produced a surprising number of quality artists in recent years, and quite a few of them have been lucky enough to have been produced by Bob Hamilton and to have had their albums released by the Caribou label. Unfortunately, Caribou is currently phasing out its operations, but the labels productions will remain available for the foreseeable future. Wanderer's Paean is Kim Beggs' second CD for the label, and ostensibly one of the labels last releases. It's another one that bears the stamp of Hamilton’s impeccable taste. There's a stark quality to the sound that's partly reminiscent of old-time country, and Beggs' endearing voice brings out the best in her songs. Musicians providing support include Hamilton himself, and singer/songwriters and label-mates Anne Louise Genest and Kim Barlow on vocals and banjo, respectively. It's not surprising that Wanderer's Paean has been nominated for several awards in Canada. Everything about the album, from the songs, singing and production, to the album graphics is tastefully rendered.

- Dirty Linen Magazine


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Kim Beggs grew up in small-town Quebec and Ontario before ending up in Whitehorse, and her second disc is full of intimate numbers about love, rivers, trains and family – tunes only a folkie living in a town of 22, 000 could write.

There's no shortage of hook-laden tunes that are perfect to play around a cottage campfire or during a late night alone at home, but it's the record's intimacy that makes this a great piece of Americana... er, Canadiana?

Beggs avoids muddying these delicate tracks, forgoing drums and complex instrumentation. Instead, she keeps things simple with just a guitar, one harmony and the occasional pedal steel or banjo.

Kim Beggs plays Mitzi's Sister Monday (August 6). - Now Magazine


Kim Beggs’ latest album, Wanderer’s Paean, is a reflection of the solace and success the Toronto-born roots musician has found in her present Yukon home. Undoubtedly, it’s odd to hear about an artist picking up and moving away from Canada’s musical epicentre but Beggs has done it for the sake of sincerity. Wanderer’s Paean contrasts the lost, lonely feelings associated with Canada’s unending stretches of land with those tight communal bonds that form between small-town dwellers. “Walking Down To The Station” opens the record, introducing listeners to Beggs’s innocent, honey drizzled vocals while capturing the wandering traveller’s carefree spirit. The same sauntering acoustics can be found elsewhere but “Lay It All Down” and “Ain’t Gonna Work” put a bit of spice in their step, making for a couple of enjoyable hand-clapping tunes. If anything, Wanderer’s Paean is one of the few roots records that has honestly, and so beautifully, captured Canada’s rustic back roads. (Caribou) - Exclaim!


NNNN + Bullet for reccomended Disc

Kim Beggs grew up in small-town Quebec and Ontario before ending up in Whitehorse, and her second disc is full of intimate numbers about love, rivers, trains and family – tunes only a folkie living in a town of 22, 000 could write.

There's no shortage of hook-laden tunes that are perfect to play around a cottage campfire or during a late night alone at home, but it's the record's intimacy that makes this a great piece of Americana... er, Canadiana?

Beggs avoids muddying these delicate tracks, forgoing drums and complex instrumentation. Instead, she keeps things simple with just a guitar, one harmony and the occasional pedal steel or banjo.

Kim Beggs plays Mitzi's Sister Monday (August 6). - Now Magazine


Discography

Four full length solo CDs recorded and released.

Beauty and Breaking 2014 (Kim Beggs)
Blue Bones 2010 (Kim Beggs)
Wanderer's Paean 2006 (Kim Beggs)
Streetcar Heart 2004 (Kim Beggs)

Birds 2013 (The Blue Warblers)
Pretty Good 2012 (The Blue Warblers)

Long Gone Free (2011) single
Tether Hooks and Velcro (Yukon Women in Music - single)
Music Yukon Sampler 2007 (compilation CD)
Music Yukon Sampler 2005 (compilation CD)
Music Yukon Sampler 2004 (compilation CD)
Yukon Women in Music (YWIM) 2004 compilation CD
"beautiful" (EP) summer 2003
Demo 2002

Beauty and Breaking (2013) NNNN at NOW Magazine

Blue Bones 2010 was released with Black Hen Records in Canada; Burnside Distribution in the USA; Continental Records Services in Europe.
iTunes Spotlight Feature
Essential Track for the Globe and Mail
#1 Galaxie Channel Folk Roots June 2011
week 2 = #2 on Earshot Radio - Folks Roots and Blues
week 1 = #10 on Earshot Radio - Folks Roots and Blues

Wanderer's Paean (CD)
in 2007
#22 Canadian Album Galaxie Channel Folk Roots
#8 Canadian Album for Int'l Airplay (FOLKDJ)
#20 Canadian Artist for Int'l Airplay (FOLKDJ)
#11, 17, & #20 Canadian SOngs for Int'l Airplay (FOLKDJ)
Wanderer's Paean (CD) Oct 2006
#6 for Galaxie Channel Folk Roots Cdn
Top 10 for Canadian Artist, Album and Song on
International playlists in Jan/Feb 2007
Euroamericana Charting

Streetcar Heart (CD) Dec 2004
National radio airplay particularily CBC Radio One
CBC SUnday Edition
CBC Roots Round Up
Music Yukon Sampler 2007 (compilation CD)
Music Yukon Sampler 2005 (compilation CD)
Music Yukon Sampler 2004 (compilation CD)
Yukon Women in Music (YWIM) 2004 compilation CD
"beautiful" (EP) summer 2003
Demo 2002

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Kim Beggs Singer Songwriter
Nominee for 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards (cd designer)
Nominee for 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards (gospel album - the blue warblers)
Nominee for 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award (traditional singer)
Nominee 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards (solo roots album)
Nominee 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards (music video (animation))
Nominee 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards (solo roots album)
Nominee 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards (emerging artist)
3RD Place Winner International Songwriting Competition
Some things simply cant be rushed.

It may seem like a long three years since Kim Beggs released her last solo CD, Blue Bones but once you hear the fifteen new songs that make up Beauty and Breaking youll know right away that its been worth the wait. If it was Blue Bones that brought Kim to the worlds attention, Beauty and Breaking makes good on all of its promise and takes her music to a higher level.

Integrity isnt a word thats often heard in todays world much less in the music business so it shouldnt be used lightly. But, Kim is an artist who lives and breathes integrity. She doesnt have her finger nervously on the pulse of pop culture, trying to catch the latest rhythm or affectation and affix it to her song to guarantee airplay. Instead, she does that most rare of things and makes music from the heart for those who care to listen. Like a master craftsman of old, she works patiently and tirelessly to produce music that has meaning for her and that she can stand behind when she hits the road to share with people from around the globe. Shes not expecting the songs on Beauty and Breaking to get her on David Letterman or the cover of The Rolling Stone; shes playing a much different game than that. Shes worked too hard at her music to make those kinds of compromises or concessions to a fickle and unforgiving marketplace. Her songs are too good and too important for that.

Kim, almost born in a taxi cab on the way to the closest hospital eighty miles south in Val dOr Quebec, lived her first years in Joutel, a little mining town that doesnt exist anymore. She spent much of her childhood moving from place to place as her father followed mining jobs around Quebec and Ontario. Prior to her birth her family lived in the Yukon where an older bother was born. Joutel was just the next stop along the way. Kim Beggs did not expect to lay down geographical roots that she could come home to, when she picked up and moved to the Yukon twenty-two years ago, but that what happened and she hasnt looked back since. And, while its tempting to look for the influence of the vast Yukon landscape in Kims music, you might be missing the point by doing that. The Yukon isnt felt so much as place or geography in these songs; its experienced instead as an approach to living the kind of independent life that her music embodies. Located so far from urban centres, people in the North have to become adept at doing things by themselves or they wont last very long. Kims music is like that. For Beauty and Breaking, Kim not only wrote every track except for Moonshiner, an old Irish standard made popular by Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan but also played a significant role in the production of the music with the versatile Toronto producer David Baxter, illustrated the CD jacket cover and readied the whole album for manufacture and distribution. From beginning to end, Kim Beggs was involved in every aspect of the creation of Beauty and Breaking and the results speak for themselves. Beauty and Breaking is Kim Beggs crowning achievement as four albums into an already impressive career, she continues to slowly build a body of work that gets better and better with the passage of time.

As the years have gone by and her skills and reputation have grown, Kim has become less interested in being known as an artist from the Yukon, and wants instead to be judged solely on the merit of her work. Thats certainly understandable as even a quick listen through the songs on her new album reveals the work of a singer and songwriter at the top of her game. Has anyone working in the folk music genre written a hurting song that bites deeper than Beauty and Breaking this year? How many songs have you heard recently that balance the sweetness and pain like Not A Mermaid Song does? Certainly none that have such a seductively enticing rhythm and lilt! And, if you thought Gordon Lightfoot closed the door on nautical disaster songs with The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald you should give a listen to Kims account of the AJ Goddard Shipwreck that immortalizes the last voyage of a Yukon bound ship that met its watery end in 1901. Like all of Kims songs, its about far more than a boat going down, as you tune into the spinning metaphors of love, loss, and impermanence that mingle in the waves the verses conjure. Almost all of the songs on Beauty an

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