Gig: Lynn Miles – Ironworks, Oswestry – 18 Oct 2011

Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011




Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer-songwriters. With seven albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.

Through a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin, she has always written music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability. Miles has consistently been unflinching in putting herself out there. Now with her eighth studio offering Fall For Beauty the voice of her experience has truly elevated her songwriting to its richest depth of emotion.

While her melodies undulate between traditional country and folk roots, on Fall For Beauty, it’s her sensitivity to the world around her that pours itself directly into Miles’ music to make it stand out.

‘Love Doesn’t Hurt’ was written as an emotional plea for people in abusive relationships. “I wrote this song after watching Oprah do a show about domestic violence. She kept repeating “love doesn’t hurt”, and even though I’ve written plenty of songs about how emotionally painful love can be, I wanted to put this crucial idea right up there beside my other songs, for balance, and clarity.” says Miles.

“I’ve been playing the song live and have been approached by several people who work at women’s shelters who tell me it’s a powerful song, and that they want to play it for their clients. There’s no better compliment than that.”

Therein is the powerful secret behind Miles’ music – her astute observations of life, its trials and triumphs, are the hallmark of sincerity in her music. The gritty honesty of her music never falters – neither does her unshakeable ability to make even the most melancholy lyrics sound as if they are brimming with hope and grace.

‘Little Bird’ infuses her lyrics with an assertive and encouraging voice. “I wrote this song after reading In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate. It’s the best book on addiction and articulates the need for compassion when dealing with addictions. The song about what I call The X Factor, the initial source of pain that can cause a person to seek solace in alcohol and drugs.”

Lynn Miles is a musician in the rarest sense of the word, an unmistakable talent with an eye for both the subtle and sweet that can only be unearthed with experience.

Praise for Fall For Beauty

“Miles is something special…an artist who writes with experience, empathy and emotion.” Country Music People

“This is Miles’s eighth album, but you would never guess it, such is the soft freshness that she brings to her writing and singing. Miles is nominally country, but stretches the genre’s loose boundaries from the standard Nashville biography of 3 Chords and The Truth to her impressive take on the great American songbook, Time to Let the Sun Have Its Day.”

Irish Times

“Having reviewed albums for some three decades, in any one year only a handful of albums truly deserve the maximum accolade of five stars. If everything were fair in this flawed human existence, Fall For Beauty would (at least) be a six.” Maverick Magazine

“She wears her influences lightly on Americana that jumps from Springsteeny airpuncher ‘Something Beautiful’ to the spare backwoods picking of ‘Three Chords And The Truth’. The solo ‘Love Doesn’t Hurt’, written after an Oprah show on domestic violence, has justly become a cause célèbre, a tender treatment of a dark subject.” Uncut

Lynn plays The Ironworks in Oswestry

Tuesday 18th                    Oswestry                        The Ironworks    NB. Lynn will be on stage at 7.30pm

01691 679123 /                                    £4, 7.30pm

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