Latest NewsDecember 30, 2016
ATTENTION CLAIRE LYNCH FANS: We’re so excited to announce the first video contest for Claire’s GRAMMY-nominated album, NORTH BY SOUTH, a collection of songs by Canadian songwriters (and one by Claire herself!) that has been charming listeners from Nashville to Nova Scotia.
The beautiful track “Black Flowers” by Lynn Miles has been embraced by fans and media alike and because of its powerful imagery, we decided to reach out to you to help us make a video!
CONTEST GUIDELINES: For your reference, we’ve provided a stream of the song and downloadable PDF of the lyrics courtesy of songwriter, Lynn Miles. We’re especially interested in photos and images suggested by the lyrics of the song like coal mining towns, coal mines, widows, undertakers, flowers... But don’t let that limit your imagination! If the song suggests something else to you, send it in!
Please submit your photos and videos by uploading them to YouTube and tweeting the link to @clairelynchband with the hashtag “#blackflowers”. A tweet is not something that comes out of a cuckoo clock, as cuckoo as that might seem... but if you’re not into tweets, you can email your still photos or a link to your video submission to email@example.com
Claire’s favorite photos and clips will be included into a completed video for the song and her top five favorites will each win a prize pack of a signed copy of NORTH BY SOUTH and a copy of her collection of holiday songs, HOLIDAY! Black Flowers - Claire Lynch 00:00 / 03:07 North By South Latest Release Available for ORDER In our Web Store!
Tweet content to: @clairelynchband with hashtag #blackflowers
Email content to: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 26, 2016
You can download the new ROAD album from CD Baby ... click here to purchase. Physicial copies available direct. Visit the STORE to order.
August 22, 2016
August 10, 2016
Excited to announced Black Flowers will be included on a new album by Claire Lynch ...
A decorated vocalist, prolific songwriter, and innovative bandleader, Claire Lynch can now add ‘diplomat’ to her list of accomplishments. NORTH BY SOUTH, her newest album, opens a window into America’s northern neighbor, paying homage to Lynch’s favorite Canadian songwriters, interpreting tracks from greats above the Great Lakes like Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Sexsmith. Backed by compatriot heavyweights Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, David Grier, and produced by Compass co-founder Alison Brown, Lynch renders the songs into bluegrass and new acoustic styles, producing an elegant blend of foreign and domestic artistry. NORTH BY SOUTH will be released by Compass Records September 16, 2016.
January 16, 2016
New review of Winter from Mike Regensteif "an excellent collection of songs set in this coldest and darkest time of the year." read the full review here.
December 9, 2015
Just in time for the holidays!!! New album Winter - songs about winter and Christmas - now available on CD Baby for download and from the online store !!! Some songs recorded live with strings, some studio recordings.
November 24, 2015
Lynn's song "What if You Were A Refugee" is now available at iTunes with proceeds going to the following organizations:
November 23, 2015
NEW Christmas SHOWS: Songs for the Longest Night in Kingston and Ottawa
Just received my copy of "Miner's Angel" wow!
I'm proud to have contributed to the new Mother Jones tribute "Miner's Angel". It's a great 2-cd set with over 30 songs, proceeds from the sale go toward the upkeep of the Union Miners Cemetery in Mt. Olive, Illinois, where the revered labor organizer Marry Harris Jones is buried. The album can be purchased through
July 22 2015
July 18, 2015Black Flowers volume 3 is now available for download off CD Baby ...
June 26, 2015
April 1, 2015
The Revue posted a review of Saturday's Black Sheep Inn show on their website. You can check it out here
January 2, 2015
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE Annoucement:
Thursday January 8th
"Songs for the Darkest Night"
Live recording / video shoot
with string quartet
The Black Sheep Inn
8pm tickets $30
December 4, 2014
Three new original Christmas songs now available for download on CDBaby ...
December 3, 2014
Songs For The Darkest Night - KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN - until December 18th
I've been writing this project for the last year and a half. Focusing on the themes of winter in Canada, snow, and secular Christmas. I've written 13 songs for this project at this point. I've written string charts and will be performing with a string quartet, a drummer, Keith Glass on guitar and the fabulous Rebecca Campbell on harmony and the occasional lead vocal.
I have a sold out show at the NAC Ottawa Canada on Dec 20. a private concert Dec 19, and a rehearsal on Dec 18th. I'd like to film all three events and edit them into a cohesive DVD.
I'd like this to be a long term project that I can perform and add to every year. The DVD will help me get the songs out there, and hopefully help get the show promoted so we can tour it next year.
November 12, 2014
September 13, 2014
Season Starter for Calgary Folk Club Sets the Bar High ... read the full review from the Calgary Herald here.
June 3, 2014
Lynn along with Keith Glass have been nominated for a Sterling Award for Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical for their work on Make Mine Love (Citadel Theatre). The Sterling Awards were created in 1987 to enhance the profile of live professional theatre and bring about a greater awareness of the performing arts in Edmonton.
April 28, 2014
If you listened to Lynn on the Vinyl Cafe and want to find the songs ... "The People You Love" is on Blackflowers
Vol 2 and "My Road" is on Downpour. Both CDs are available here.
November 10, 2013
Lynn took home a Canadian Folk Music Award for Solo Artist of the Year for Downpour.
October 11, 2013
Lynn has been nominated for three Canadian Folk Music Awards
Awards take place Nov 10 in Calgary.
September 2, 2013
New review from CBC's Bob Mersereau:
June 26, 2013
Click on the image below to read the full review from Maverick Magazine.
Also the full review from Folk Roots / Folk Branches with Mike Regenstreif below.
I’ve a deep appreciation for almost all of Lynn’s past work and several of her albums are favourites from my music collection. Downpour, though, has quickly become my favourite Lynn Miles album (at least until her next one) – and that says a lot.- Mike Regenstreif June 2013
June 4, 2013
Lynn's brand new studio CD Downpour is now available! Visit the Albums page for purchasing details, including digital downloads from CD Baby.
Downpour is already # 12 on the Euroamericana chart and gets 5 stars from Maverick Magazine!!!
June 3, 2013
Lynn's song "Three Chords And The Truth" was recently featured on the BBC TV series "Case Histories" Lynn will be playing 6 festivals as well as concerts this summer across Canada and the US. Check out tour dates for details.
Lynn is about to release her new CD "Downpour". Eleven new song of love and life, darkness and light...a celebration of our fragile, flawed and beautiful world. Release Date June 4, 2013. See Lynn at festivals in Canada and the US this summer.
December 10, 2012
Here's a brand new review of Black Flowers Vol.3 from Maverick Magazine in the UK. Click on the thumbnail to read the full review.
October 28, 2012
Ottawa Life Magazine did a recent feature on Lynn. Read the article here.
October 20, 2012
Lynn Miles 25 Years in Song ... October 26, 2012
August 21, 2012
Black Flowers Vol. 3 CD is released today!
To purchase a copy of the new CD visit the album section of the website.
Here are the lyrics (PDF).
February 11, 2012
There's a feature article in the March / April 2012 version of Maverick Magazine in the UK. To read the article click here.
December 21. 2011
Lynn won the Canadian Folk Music Award Songwriter of the year!
October 22, 2011
Fall For Beauty has been nominated for TWO Canadian Folk Music Awards - Contemporary Album of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year!
August 23, 2011
One Change is using Lynn's song"Something Beautiful" as the theme song for their new campaign.
More to come soon...
March 15, 2011
There's a brand new review of Fall For Beauty from the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange:
"Fall for Beauty is not only one of the best albums of the year, but one of the best recordings of any year. She may be Canada's troubadour, but she belongs to all of us. Her talent is a shining light on a dark day; a beacon of timeless beauty." - Roberta B. Schwartz
To read the complete review click here
February 28, 2011
Lynn Miles' Fall For Beauty was voted Penguin Eggs Album of the Year! More than 40 members of the media, folk club and folk festival artistic directors, and various individuals with an acute knowledge of folk, roots and world music in Canada participated in Penguin Eggs tenth annual poll.
February 26, 2011
Fall For Beauty is the number one album this week on the Roots Music Report Roots Country Chart and Canadian International Chart!
February 1, 2011
Fall For Beauty has been nominated for a 2011 JUNO award for solo Roots & Traditional album of the year!
January 3, 2011
Fall For Beauty makes the Top 10 in the Toronto Star's 2010 Year in Roots Music list:
November 24, 2010
Another new review from the UK. This time from All Gigs with 4.5 stars out of a possible 5.
"Far more rewarding is Lynn Miles, a country-roots singer with a voice that could make a cat purr and a hummingbird, well, hum. With delight, that is ... Fall For Beauty is, quite simply, delicious." Paul Pledger
read the full review here
November 16, 2010
“Fall For Beauty” is a classy album from a classy performer. It’s as simple as that." 4/5
Read the full review from Bluesbunny (UK) here.
October 14, 2010
Maverick Magazine (UK) Review
5 out of 5 stars
"Having reviewd albums for some three decades, in any one year only a handful of albums truly deserve the maximum accolade of five stars. If everything were fair in this flawed human existance, FALL FOR BEAUTY would (at least) be a six." AW
click to view full review
October 11, 2010
Toronto Star Review
Fall for Beauty (True North)
3.5 stars (out of 4)
It seems an almost perversely guilty pleasure to fall for a roots/country singer in the midst of the multicultural bustle of Toronto. But Lynn Miles' eighth studio album, brimming with 10 of her own creations, is seductive for the very reason that this genre of music exists in the first place: sheer emotional honesty, unbridled by pretension or irony. It doesn't matter if we love opera or hip hop; all we want is to move forward in our lives, come what may.
But, as Miles sings in on the title track, “Something Beautiful,” “there is no clean getaway.” The songs' style ranges from old-country waltz to light rock (on the title track) and outright pop. Each match of poetry and melody has its own insinuating wiles. A lot of credit goes to Miles' rich voice and deft hands on acoustic guitar and piano. She gets help from producer Ian Lefeuvre, who picks up a number of instruments, double-bass player Maury Lafoy and violinist Drew Jurecka.
Top track: “Time to Let the Sun,” as it unleashes a dramatic resolve to “put your dress on/ It's time to swing and sway/ It's time to let the sun have its day.” Miles performs live at the Glenn Gould Studio on Nov. 10.
October 4, 2010
AVAILABLE IN CANADA OCTOBER 5 - FALL FOR BEAUTY
visit the True North Records website to purchase
"As strong a selection of songs as Lynn has offered since kicking off her recording career in the early 90s. Which is saying a lot considering that Lynn's admirers include the New York Times and the Washington Post" - CBC Radio Music Matters