Low Country Hill Live at Mulberry
Low Country Hill is the moniker for Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Paul Hogeterp. In 2014 he released his self-titled debut. Recorded by Dave King at a century barn on the outskirts of Hamilton, the album came together with the help of musical family and friends as well as seasoned luminaries Pat Sansone (Wilco) and Bill Dillon (Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel). One blogger suggested Low Country Hill “evokes comparisons to such stalwarts as Hey Rosetta and Bon Iver, but yet really doesn’t sound particularly like either. The tracks stand on their own as testaments to superlative songwriting and an album produced to showcase haunting, beautiful music (Floor Shime Zipper Boots).”
Touring has taken Paul down logging roads in northern Ontario and through traffic jams on the Lionsgate Bridge in Vancouver - all for the joy of sharing the songs in intimate venues with music lovers. After nearly two years of performing, Hogeterp burrowed in his basement studio for the last half of 2016 to write for his next record. The result of that effort is Guesthouse, a five-song EP recorded in May-July of this year. Dave King returns as producer and drummer while musical wizard Paul Linklater (Bidini Band, Colleen and Paul) plays bass and electric guitar for the project. Hogeterp feels blessed to have the gentle-giant footprints of these creative, kindred spirits in his new work.
Emma Elena Grace Live at Mulberry
Twenty-three year-old Waterdown native, Emma Elena Grace, is a singer-songwriter worthy of all ears. Her voice is distinctly captivating, while her songs have an uncanny ability to resonate within you on the first listen, and then stay awhile. Growing up listening to predominantly traditional country music at home, she internalized the art of storytelling through song, which she has carried with her to her own writing. Still, categorizing Emma Elena Grace is a hard thing to do. She possesses a style of her own, untethered and wide-ranging, while managing to stay grounded in her roots. With grace, she refuses to be pigeonholed. Emma Elena Grace released her debut album, This Side of the Room in August, 2015. She is currently working on her second studio album. Emma also won Best Singer/Songwriter at the 2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards.