Marty Siltanen
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Marty Siltanen

Goulais River, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF

Goulais River, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2000
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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Tonight Marci and I went over to Meadowlark Second Cup where Marty and Lil Siltanen were playing a little gig. Marty and Lil do a really laid-back blend of folk, roots, bluegrass and popular music; their harmonies are beautiful and their arrangements really tasteful. Marty is also a really classy flatpicker; I'm not a flatpicker myself and I really admire people who can do it and do it well.
Tale Spin: Tim Chesterton
http://timchesterton.blogspot.com/2007/02/marty-and-lil-at-meadowlark-second-cup.html - None


"Marty participated in our Alberta Songs in the Round Special - February, 2007- and was a standout amongst seven other talented musicians. In addition to being a strong picker and singer , he is relaxed and confident on stage. Always a pleasure to hear!"
Peter Pirquet, President, Full Moon Folk Club, Edmonton, Alberta

Congratulations on a great performance last night Marty... I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done.
Rob Heath, singer/songwriter - None


"I was very impressed. Many of the songs I've heard you do and are favorites. I thought the musicianship was very good and the recording was top notch. Congratulations Marty."
-Rob Heath, singer/songwriter.

"The sound, feel, songs, vocals, and songwriting all ring true and pure with me. Favourites include "Long Way to Roam," "The Old Songs" "Rowand's Rum" "Sagebrush and Pine" and of-course your show-stopper "Road Kill". I guess the thing is how easy it is for me to relate to your tunes and lyrics: a nice feeling, to be sure!"
-Marv Machura, singer/songwriter, Red Poppy Productions.

"It's like having Marty and Lil right there at home in your own room!"
-Jessica Heine, singer/songwriter

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Marty Siltanen’s CD Release was a highlight for the Blue Chair Café spring programming calendar. The performance went far beyond a guy singing the songs from his CD. As an evening of entertainment, it was a very professional performance, nicely organized with a varied and interesting mix of music, right down to the contra bass solo.
-Harold Wollin, Owner, Blue Chair Cafe - None


"A standout... always a pleasure to hear!"
Peter Pirquet, President, Full Moon Folk Club.

"A very professional performance, with a varied and interesting mix of music."
Harold Wollin, Owner, Blue Chair Café

"Their harmonies are beautiful and their arrangements really tasteful."
Tim Chesterton, Tale Spin.

"Sagebrush and Pine is a good one!"
Bob Chelmick, CKUA

"Congratulations on a great performance!"
Rob Heath, singer/songwriter

"My daughter loves to dance to that
Rowand's Rum song!"
Carrie Hryniw, singer/songwriter

"It's easy to relate to your tunes and lyrics,
a nice feeling, to be sure!"
Marv Machura, singer/songwriter - None


Discography

It's a Long Way to Roam (2007) -original folk songs about traveling through life, love and the landscapes that surround us. CD's and MP3's available at http://www.cdbaby.com/martysiltanen.

Homefest Compilation CD (2007) -"Sagebrush and Pine" included in this compilation of artists who performed at the Edmonton Homefest benefit concert in 2007.

Homefest Compilation CD (2005) -"It's a Long Way to Roam" included in this compilation of artists who performed at the Edmonton Homefest benefit concert in 2005.

RMB (rootsmusicband) - Live @ Expressionz (2002) -a live off-the-floor recording with Ron D. Taylor. Marty's song "Road Kill" first appeared on this CD.

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Folk = people = real life = the roots of the music of Marty and Lil.

Marty combines acoustic flat-pickin' and fingerpickin' guitar with interesting stories, memorable melodies and vocals to create a warm and lively musical experience. "It's a simple sound, very inviting and very listenable!" He’s often joined by Lil Siltanen on vocals and djembe drum to create sweet harmonies and fun rhythms.

You’ll hear flavours of traditional folk, Celtic, bluegrass, country AND western in Marty’s original folk songs, along with covers of contemporary songwriters such as Kim Barlow, Jane Hawley, Ian Tamblyn, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Kieran Kane and John Prine.

Marty’s independent CD, ‘It’s a Long Way to Roam’, has 10 original songs about cowboys, fur traders, trucks, love, and the old home place.

Marty’s new songs continue a ‘Canadiana’ theme with a suite of songs about the painter Tom Thomson. "It's not just Tom the painter and woodsman in Algonquin Park, but more about what he was thinking and feeling at the time in 1917", Marty says.

Another new song, ‘Farmer’s Road’, took 3rd place in the ‘Best Song of Alberta’ category at the 2008 Calgary Folk Festival’s Songwriter Contest.

An honest turn of phrase and a heart-felt melody... that's what characterizes Marty’s singing and songwriting. Stories seen through plaid-coloured glasses. Red plaid... honest stuff!




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