Kate Gibson Oswald MUSICIAN'S CANVAS A rich musical canvas of original and traditional music including Celtic classics Red is the Rose and The Mist Covered Mountains; beautiful settings of seasonal nature poetry by Margery Gibson -Apple Trees in December, Early April, and Celebration; charming instrumentals; and songs of discovery and vision- Millennium, Outside the Box and featuring the acoustic color of: Celtic harps, crystal clear vocals, alto/soprano/ tenor recorders, viola, piano, acoustic guitar, harmonica and a touch of percussion. There is a hunger for things beautiful, uplifting, and meaningful and Kate's music speaks to this need. A delightful album of vocal and instrumental pieces. 'Your arrangements are lovely, perfect compliments to your voice and the poetry you've chosen, whether your mother's beautiful words, your own thinker's creations or the traditional songs. Your voice is just amazing, shades of Connie Dover and Joni Mitchell. And I love the way you've crafted the CD as a whole, cover art included. It's like the story of living, beginning in Apple Trees in December with sweet and simple 'rebirth' and ending in toe-tapping 'Celebration.' Nancy Davis Kate released her first Solo CD entitled MUSICIAN'S CANVAS in 2004. The CD features original compositions- both instrumental and vocal, her mother's extraordinary poetry set to music, and a selection of newly arranged and timeless Celtic favourites like Red is the Rose and Mist-Covered Mountains. The CD draws on the inspiration of Kate's 'farm' years as a teenager on the Gibson Century farm in the Ottawa Valley and includes some of Margery Gibson's beautiful poetry from this time: Apple Trees in December, Early April, Shifting Sand, and Celebration. It also features the art and inspiration of Emily Gibson, Kate's sister, a lifelong painter and musician. Emily provided the melody and chord structure for Celebration. The writing and recording process has prompted Kate to coin a new term for her original vocal works on the album. Millennium and Outside the Box could be thought of as 'Meta-folk'- inspired folk music that speaks of spiritual things without being specifically religious or denominational. Instrumentation on the recording includes harps, voice, recorders, viola, piano, guitar, harmonica, and percussion. Kate plays all instruments except guitar, piano, harmonica and drums. The Celtic harp found Kate in 1997. This ancient instrument captivated her and demanded long hours of practice and study. Prior to this, Kate performed with premier vocal and recorder ensembles in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Initially self-taught on the harp, Kate attended her first International Harp Summer School in Wells, British Columbia in 1999. It was here over the next three summers that she studied with some of North America's finest harpists including: Kim Robertson, Sharlene Wallace, and Harper Tasche. Although trained as a visual artist in wood sculpture and photography, with a BFA and B Ed from Queen's University, Kate began applying the process of creativity in her crafting of music soon after graduation. She draws inspiration from nature, art, poetry, and a growing spiritual awareness of the world. Kate sees herself as versatile artist, able to express ideas and imagery in many forms. Her deepest desire is to contribute to the inspiration and joy of humanity through her art and music. Kate currently performs regularly for enthusiastic audiences in Western Canada and is a member of the acclaimed harp/vocal trio AnamCara. For the past ten years, Kate Gibson Oswald, Debi Johnson, and Caroline Mackay have enchanted audiences with their Celtic harps and delicious vocal harmonies. AnamCara has one self-titled CD. While not on tour, Kate enjoys a full schedule of performing, teaching, and creating music from her home in British Columbia, Canada. Some Listener's comments 'I love the variety, both in style and texture, the old and the new ... you managed to get it all on there! Yet there is this thread of consistency running through it. I love the Columbus story, a wonderfully spun tale and a great message, as well as your lovely instrumental' (The Lady Waits...) Susan Norie 'The whole CD has a nice balance of music and is very cohesive' Lori Papajohn.