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It’s safe to say that Basia Bulat (Bosh-uh Boo-lot) is bringing a little soul to folk music. Hailing from the forest city of London, Ontario, Basia found her songs and stories dangling from the trees. She began playing the piano at age three and never stopped making music. Infused with sweet ragtime piano melodies, tender-hearted string arrangements (she plays guitar, autoharp, ukulele, etc), and a remarkable throaty voice, her songs discuss love and life with a combination of sadness and wonder. Live in concert you will instantly notice that you are witnessing a star being born (think a young Joni Mitchell). With charisma to burn, Basia brings her unique blend of folk and chamber pop to audiences all around the world, gaining fans from the very first note. Her first album, Oh My Darling—short-listed for Canada's Polaris Music Prize—impressed fans and critics alike, and was followed by Heart of My Own in early 2010. With a third album scheduled for release this fall (hooray!) and a humble, engaging stage presence, Basia continues to charm at every turn. Says Frank Yang on Chromewaves, “Using the most straightforward descriptors—jazz-inflected, orchestral folk pop with a dash of northern soul—make [her music] sound more conventional than I’d like so instead, I’ll try this. Basia Bulat sounds like springtime smiling. Her music is rich yet breezy, with a melodic enthusiasm that’s nothing short of delightful.” basiabulat.com
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