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Albums Of The Week: iskwē & Tom Wilson | Mother Love

Two Canadian veterans join forces for a set of sophisticated, soulful roots music.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Juno-winning artists iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ (Cree Métis) and Tom Wilson | Tehoh’ahake (Mohawk) may seem an unusual pairing, given her high-concept recordings and live shows, and his reputation as a rootsy, no-nonsense storyteller with Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. But the result of their collaboration – a soulful pairing of two of Canada’s most distinctive musical talents – sounds like the two have been performing together for years.

That was obvious to anyone who heard their first performance together (with trumpet player Chuck Copenace) at the 2020 Indspire Awards. A performance that led to the recording of Blue Moon Drive, Coal Mine and Starless Nights at Jukasa Studios; tracks that became the foundation for Mother Love.

With Mother Love, iskwē and Tom have created an album that’s as powerful as it is personal, a set of songs on which their disparate vocal styles fuse seamlessly and, in doing so, result in a sound uniquely their own.”