"If you gave Bruce Cockburn a nice warm meal and a comfy bed to sleep in for a few weeks, he might start sounding like Sam Baardman" quips the Winnipeg Sun. 'Lush', 'cool', 'pure' and 'strong' are some of the adjectives that come to mind when you listen to this Winnipeg Singer-Songwriter.
Dirty Linen compares him favourably to Ellis Paul and Pierce Pettis, while the Winnipeg Free Press calls him "one of the city's strongest and most literate songwriters."
His first album, Kicking the Stone Home, has received critical acclaim for songs that are original and unique, yet somehow familiar, making a beeline for your heart. (To hear a sample click here.) Sam just recently released his second album, The Rookery, and it's as much a treasure as the first (To hear a sample click here).
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Plus coffee houses, club gigs, songwriting clinics, and instructional workshops.
As an opening
act and at festival worhops, Sam has shared the stage with:
unheralded Winnipeg troubadour, Baardman has emerged as one of
the city's strongest and most literate songwriters. . . . Baardman's
world is all about contrasts and realizations. The singer-songwriter
speaks to the human condition, to the age old quest for happiness and
fulfillment in a world so confusing that one can rarely know one's own
mind. This album deserves a listen.
you gave Bruce Cockburn a nice warm meal and a comfy bed to sleep in
for a few weeks, he might start sounding like Sam Baardman. The Winnipeg
singer/guitarist has created a lush contemporary folk recording . .
. exquisite instrumentalism . . . (four stars)!
words from a strong acoustic singer/songwriter who debuts with a much
better-than-usual indie CD.
is writing about the human experience, its home. His songs have a remarkable
clarity to them, like the true, simple ring of a tuning fork.
album is so good I had to call Sam at home to tell him. I'm giving it
a lot of airplay on the drive home show.
Baardman is a powerful new voice in Canadian music. . . intensely poetic
. . . dramatic and original. I highly recommend you listen to this rising
has developed an evocative, lyrical writing style . . . with shimmering
guitar that provides a fine counterpoint to his melodies . . . . This
is a rich and well-crafted disk that you'll want to listen to again
Baardman is a gifted and articulate musician and lyricist whose songs
speak directly to the heart. His music is fresh, engaging and real -
a reflection on the man himself. Sam and his band were huge favourites
on the mainstage of last year's Brandon Folk Festival.
the uncanny ability to cut right to the heart of matters, stating "universal
truths" in language and using images that you just don't expect until
they hit you right in the gut. The lyrics alone would be impressive.
Add Sam's uniquely honest singing style, well-worked and often unexpected
melodies and that makes for a very special package. His new CD is well
worth picking up!
keep writing songs like that and you'll do just fine in this business."