Heartwood is an exciting new Canadian trio. The group's repertoire is drawn from
the traditions of French and English Canada, as well as the United States and the
British Isles. Strong three-part vocals blend with the varied textures of fiddle,
guitar, pennywhistle, mandolin, harmonica, bodhran, bones, ukelele, kalimba...
and a set of beer bottle panpipes!
Charlie Cares started his career in Michigan as a founding
of Mulligan Stew. With a rich, vibrant voice, he interprets
a wide variety of styles with grace, expression and heart. Charlie was
the 1999 winner of the Ian Robb Sentimental Songs Contest, and
in 2001 was a finalist for the OCFF's Songs from the Heart award.
With his wife Chantal, he directs the Paris Plains Concert Series and
the Weekend in Paris music and dance festival in Paris, Ontario.
Anne Lindsay's virtuosity and captivating stage personality
keep her in high demand as a session player around Toronto.
These days she records and performs with Oliver Schroer,
of Blue Rodeo, and has recently collaborated with
David Woodhead on a CD of her own compositions.
Alex Sinclair is a seasoned performer who plays with
drive and sings with conviction. As a member of Tamarack,
he has toured extensively in Canada, the U.S., England and
Scotland, and has recorded over a dozen albums. Alex was
a winner of the 1999 Songs From the Heart contest of the
Ontario Council of Folk Festivals.
As a festival act Heartwood not only presents powerful concerts, but can easily fit into numerous workshops - fiddle, guitar and pennywhistle, harmony arrangement, gospel sings, unusual instruments, song writing and musical traditions. Heartwood can also provide music for contra and square dances, and the trio's experienced players are quick to join in on-stage jams, song swaps and hotel hallway sessions.