Kim Barlow is an enduring presence in the Canadian indie-folk scene. An unconventional songwriter, skillful on guitar, clawhammer banjo, and sometimes cello, she’s recorded six albums of her own work, earned two Juno nominations (solo and with stringband Annie Lou), and has collaborations on the go at all times. These include the bilingual trio Blue Hibou, and Spring Breakup, a duo with Mathias Kom of the Burning Hell. Her newest band is Ida Red, a foot-stomping collective started with Gaspereau songster Heather Kelday.
Having left her long-time Yukon home and relocated to Nova Scotia, Barlow finds herself back where she came from. With twin toddlers in the house, she is on hiatus from the touring circuit, but is rapidly gaining momentum with her new projects in the Annapolis Valley. Watch for her - teaching banjo and ukulele at home in Canning and Wolfville; hosting Friday old-time sessions at the hall in Kingsport; or gigging solo, with Ida Red, and other musical companions around the Maritimes.
Spring Breakup’s It’s Not You, It’s Me “There are no weak songs here...and many leave the world slightly altered when they’re done. Kom, who also leads the Burning Hell, dispenses his pearls (“the world is my oyster, but I’m allergic to shellfish”) in a drooping deep baritone, while Barlow’s lightly rusted soprano seems just right for songs about what happens after you’re pushed beyond your limit and your dead horse is still dead. Buy this record.” - Globe and Mail
Champ: “Who says the Canadian music scene has to be centred around Montreal and Toronto? With Champ, Yukon-based singer/songwriter Kim Barlow has bucked trends and intuition, releasing an inspired album...that competes with the best of them.” Chronicle Herald, Halifax
Champ: “Kim Barlow is a great Canadian talent. ...Barlow sets herself apart from the hordes of folk singer-songwriters by managing to combine traditional elements such as banjo and fingerpicked guitar, with more contemporary techniques and structures. Her music is often sparse, letting the imperfections of her voice shine through and create an incredibly personal listening experience. Overall, Barlow’s charmingly sincere album will appeal to more than just fans of folk music and will warm many a frozen heart.” FFWD, Calgary
luckyburden: “…Barlow’s luckyburden disc, which features songs written about the denizens of a former silver mining town in the Yukon, is one of the best folk concept albums since Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska.” -Georgia Straight, Vancouver
Humminah: “... is the most heavily played CD to come into our office this year." - Pierre Guerin, Artistic Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival 1999.