Christine Fellows

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Christine Fellows Biography
Christine Fellows’ skewed perspective on the possibilities of the three-minute pop song has charmed critics and audiences alike since the release of her debut CD “2 little birds” (2000). Backed by an ever-changing array of instruments – cello, viola, piano, guitar and drums – her songs are alternately tender and terrifying. Described by some as avant-folk, by others as chamber-pop, her music is distinct. She has toured nationally and has appeared at several festivals, including the Winnipeg and Calgary Folk Festivals,North by North East,New Music West, the Halifax Pop Explosion and Canadian Music Week. She has shared the stage with artists and friends such as Veda Hille,The Weakerthans, Snailhouse, and the Rheostatics. In 1998 she received much recognition when she was awarded first place regionally (second nationally) in the Standard Radio song writing competition. Last year she was recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio (Definitely Not the Opera and Radio Sonic).

Christine is currently based in Winnipeg, where she is an integral part of the cities’ vibrant arts community.Along with frequent collaborations with other musicians, her desire to reach across artistic borders is displayed in original scores for dance (commissioned by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, renowned independent choreographer Lesandra Dodson, and Trip Dance), and varied work with writers like Clive Holden (“Trains of Winnipeg”, Endearing Records, 2001) and Alissa York.

Presenting the last one standing, the long-awaited follow-up to Christine Fellows' critically acclaimed 2 little birds (2000). This, her second solo album was recorded and mixed by Neil Cameron at Private Ear Recording during the summer of 2001.

Blame it on a $200 piano and a seemingly endless supply of scotch and winter. the last one standing takes its name from a 4-track that was written and recorded in 10 minutes. It's mostly about prevailing. Veda's Waltz proclaims "it's not too late for the battle scarred". And it's true. Christine's jubilant reacquaintance with the piano (there was a falling-out as a result of jazz school in the 80's) carries an underlying theme in these songs.

The album features none other than Winnipeg's finest: Leanne Zacharias (cello, backing vocals, bowed glockenspiel, and Rhodes), Jason Tait (drums, percussion, saw, bowed glockenspiel, and thumb piano), Monica Guenter (viola), Keith MacLeod (mandolin) and John K. Samson (backing vocals, inimitable guitar stylings, and bass). Christine sings, plays piano, organ, accordion, Casio, and guitar. Included are samples from Christine's score for Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers "Without Mythologies" (which mostly involved running around in the rain with a dictaphone, feeding birds, and playing with the telephone).