Amanda Rheaume 'Keep a Fire'- Self Release

A third release from this Ottawa based singer songwriter with a country folk influence. These ten songs are written by Amanda and her musical partner John McDonald, with the project being produced by Ross Murray.

The vocals are very distinctive and her roots are based in the Metis people, one of the aboriginal settlers of Canada. The songs pay tribute to her ancestors who endured sea voyages, navigated around North America, lived in mixed-race relationships and who framed early legislation in the province of Manitoba. Titles like Strongest Heart, Write You a Letter, Passed Down the Line and You Walk Beside Me give a sense of the look back through family history and the need to keep the heritage alive.

These story songs are well arranged and delivered with a sound that is based around an ensemble of musicians that serve the songs with an impressive economy in the playing.