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February 24, 2010, 9:12 am
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Mary Gauthier
The Foundling

[May 17; TBC, not final artwork]

For her seventh release The Foundling, Mary Gauthier has penned a concept album that delves into her own remarkable life story. Using Willie Nelson’s 1975 fugitive-on-the-run song cycle Red Headed Stranger as her “compass”, she explores her traumatic childhood (her mother gave her up at birth, leaving her in a New Orleans orphanage for a year before she was adopted by an Italian Catholic family) and equally traumatic adulthood (addiction, jail, rehab, relapses) with unflinching candour. “I wandered for years looking for, but never quite finding a place that felt like home,” writes Mary on her blog. “I searched for, found, and was denied a meeting with my birth mother when I was 45 years old. She couldn’t afford to re-open the wound she’d carried her whole life, the wound of surrendering a baby.”

Recorded with mainly Canadian musicians, The Foundling was produced by Cowboy Junkies’ Mike Timmins. “I love the way Mike was able to capture my story and create moods around it, a dream soundscape,” says Mary. “He brought his sister Margo in and she sang beautiful harmonies, adding another layer of emotional punch in the right places. The musicians breathed their hearts and souls into my songs, and they brought them to life. I am pleased beyond my wildest dreams at how the record came out.”

Mary Gauthier website


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