She’s barely into her 20s, but Ellen Froese-Kooijenga is already a seasoned veteran of the Canadian music scene.
A founding member of “In With the Old”, Froese-Kooijenga has two albums with that band (Rollin’ down the plains and My Mother’s Couch) under her belt as well as a solo album (Get On With the Blues). She’s played in coffee houses, concert theatres, folk and bluegrass festivals across the country, and even a few in the US. Her songs reflect the influence of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, rockabilly and modern alt-rock; and she delivers them in a captivating voice with a distinctive quaver reminiscent of Joan Baez.
Her roots run deep, and she finds her greatest satisfaction in writing songs at home on her parents’ farm north of Martensville, where she grew up.
Her latest album, entitled simply ‘Ellen Froese,’ is a mix of original material and cover songs. Continue reading “Singer-songwriter’s prairie roots are front and centre in new album”