On May 17th at Zakk in Düsseldorf, please join me in helping to celebrate the launch of my music friends’ new album. One Eye Open is releasing their new record: “All the letters I can write”, and it’s gonna be a gooder! Great band, great music, great venue! I have been invited to open the show and I’m thrilled!
This Saturday April 13th, Karyn is in Wuppertal Germany singing at Sofa Unplugged @ Zweistein Wuppertal, sharing a bill with Adam Wendler! See tour dates for more details! Or RSVP on the FB event page.
Magical night with Jack Devaney and Naima at Cafe Knülle kicking off Micropop week. Filling Sunday evening and starting the week off with the sweetest warmest vibes. As a special treat, Canadian singer-songwriter John Kirby was in town and treated us to a song!
Joining me on a couple of songs: Naima & Jack Devaney, the sweetest harmonies.
… is on again! Like the name states, Micropop week is a series of independently produced “micro” shows all over Düsseldorf happening April 6th to April 13th. I’m playing twice: my show-show is on Sunday April 7th at Cafe Knülle (Oberbilker Alle 24). Starts 20:00, ends 22:00. Also playing, Jack Devaney and Naima. A stellar night of singer-songwriter goodness, to be sure. Love to see you there!
On Saturday April 6th, pop by Rainking Records (Düsselthaler Straße / Ecke Rochusstraße) between 13:00 and 18:00. Launching the festival, there’s going to be non-stop short sets of music by a bunch of micropop artists. Not sure what time I’m playing yet, will update when I find out. But hey why not come by for the afternoon! Pick up some LPs too. :)
That’s it really, but you can find more info on my live shows page.
Be sure to check out the Micropop Website for details about ours and many other shows happening around Düsseldorf this week!
Yesterday on FB someone posted a link to a live video performance of my song, “How The Tiger Lost Her Roar”, adding the sweet note “For all the folkies out there. Love this song by Karyn Ellis!” (Thanks Peter!)
In the comments, he wrote: “Karyn, my mom was a war bride and maybe that’s why I find this song so touching. Can you give me some background as to how you came to write it?”
I wrote back on FB, but now I’m thinking more people would be interested in the background of the song too! And so here’s my reply:
“Wow! I’m glad to hear it touches you. Its original spark was not specifically about the women who came over to Canada as war brides, but other people have referred to this association as well.
How The Tiger Lost Her Roar was inspired initially by a conversation I had with my mother about her experience of moving from the UK to Canada as a young woman. Packing up her 12 storage trunks (literally!) and getting on a transcontinental boat with my father, my sister and I. This got me thinking about what kind of courage it takes for someone to migrate across an ocean or continent. To leave behind one’s entire support network of friends and family, one’s known life, to enter a “new land”.
While there are lots of positive stories of new life & new opportunity, as I started writing this song I wondered more about the other stories… the people who emigrated only to discover that things did turn out for them in the way they hoped. There is a certain vulnerability in their actions, and I feel their bravery ought to be recognised.
It seems especially relevant in today’s climate where there are people migrating all over the world to escape terrible circumstances hoping to find a new, safer home. What must it be like for them to shore up the courage to leave everything they’ve ever known only to face walls and brutality in the new land?”