Genre: Contemporary Folk, Songwriter, Storyteller
Hailed as “one of finest new songwriters in Canada,” (Tom Power, CBC) singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon sings stories real and imagined. Words, melancholy melodies, and lush harmonies are her currency.
In 2001 Papillon released her first album ‘Songs for a Rainy Day’ before taking an eight year hiatus from music to complete her BA and MA degrees in English Literature and History. Papillon released ‘The Wanderer’ in 2010 and ‘The Currency of Poetry’ in 2011.
Her fourth album, ‘Little Bug’, was nominated for an ECMA for Folk Recording of the year, and three Music Nova Scotia Awards after spending months in the national Earshot charts.
Produced by multiple award-winner Daniel Ledwell, Papillon’s fifth offering ‘The Tempest of Old’ is big and dark, orchestral and defiant. Rife with a purposeful swampy, gothic underpinning, the album charted on the national !Earshot charts, the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, and the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. The Tempest of Old won the Music Nova Scotia Award for Recording of the Year and was nominated for three other Music Nova Scotia Awards (Songwriter of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year), a Canadian Folk Music Award (Contemporary Album of the Year),and is currently nominated for two East Coast Music Awards (Folk Recording of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year).
Papillon’s music has been featured on CBC’s Deep Roots, Vinyl Café, and Drive and her songs have also appeared in film and television in Canada, Australia, and the United States.
“The album is a captivating confluence of lush pop and rootsy folk.”
–Sandy MacDonald, Penguin Eggs
“The Tempest of Old is an ebb and flow, showing Papillon’s mastery of contrast between dark edges and soft dawns.”
— Sarah Towle, Exclaim!