Pat will be your host as the two songwriters engage with the audience by sharing songs, stories and discussing the craft of songwriting.
Known to many as the “Lioness of Lanark”, Canadian singer-songwriter Ali McCormick spins casual conversation into poetic portraits of rural life, and of every gravel road off toward distant city skylines. A wordsmith of the wilderness, whose vivid characters reveal the subtle sophistication of rural ethos; she rolls her own smokes, chops her own wood and beams with the satisfaction of self-sufficiency. Ali's signature spunk lures listeners into worlds of well worn love, making ends meet, double dog dares and casting your cares away at the local fishing hole. Above the dashboard of her trusty old Ford pickup, Ali's road unravels like an endless spool of shining cassette tape full of your favourite songs.
A mechanic of the heart, Ali twists all its nuts and bolts; shifting gears melodically and rhythmically through her fine-tuned collection of songs. Her distinct phrasing hints at hip-hop and jazz influences, while solidly grounded in folksong narrative. Roaring and purring with fearless vocal veracity; Ali's brilliant, boundless spirit spills from the stage as she creates an unwavering bond with the audience. With tales from her home in the Lanark Highlands of Ontario, to the far Mountains of Western Canada where she has spent many a wander…prepare to journey through the evening with this songstress along a narrative of nature, love and friendship.