FOLK ~ ROOTS
I have always loved stories and the art of storytelling. I grew up listening to BBC and the music of the isles with it's storytelling traditions. I also loved many other styles and genres of music: jazz, blues, classical guitar, classic rock and my mother taught me the appreciation of opera. I played clarinet and saxophone long ago, playing big band and dixieland tunes, as well as studying guitar. I grew up when Stan Rogers, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the like were the voices of the day and I played coffeehouses when I was in university. I might have joined them, had life not gotten in the way. Life, it is full of twists and turns and one never knows what's around the next corner. So here I am, a little further down the road than some, sharing my thoughts and stories. Cheers!
MARTHA RENAUD weaves a vibrant tapestry of “strong songwriting with a warm delivery that touches the soul.” A folk-roots singer-songwriter, Martha has been hailed as a “true balladeer,” with an “amazing new voice.” Martha’s music has, at times, an East Coast flavour and her stories set to song, are a vivid memoir, intimate and passionate, captivating listeners on and off stage.
Martha has taken the helm of Windsor Folk, creating a warm, welcoming place for audience and performer alike...Windsor Folk...where the coffee's hot, the people are warm and friendly, and where music comes home!
“Martha's music draws her listeners close with a comforting tenderness both on record and in concert - one of the things I love about Martha's songs is her ability to broaden her own experiences to reflect stories of the community.”
Allison Brown - Border City Roots 99.1FM
“Martha brings great passion to songs old and new. An amazing new voice in our area. Our Two Creeks audience loved her. Martha Renaud is a true balladeer whose songs go right to the heart.”
Rick Taves, President and Founder -Wheatley Two Creeks Association
“Hearing Martha Renaud’s music is like reading a good book you just want to turn the page and read till the end. Her songwriting and storytelling draws you in. I first heard Martha at an acoustic stage open mic at Windsor Folk Music Society, and I have enjoyed watching her grow into a fine guitarist and vocalist. Her story telling style reminds me of the wonderful singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. Martha has many stories to tell so get a copy of her latest CD and listen to her stories in song.”
Dale Butler - Founder Dale’s Friday Coffee House