The MusicNerd Q&A With Kathleen Edwards


Fresh off a holiday appearance last month on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon alongside the likes of Iron & Wine, Calexico and Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards is ready to slow down. It is not that she is not extremely grateful for the past 10-plus years that have allowed her to produce four critically acclaimed records, including 2012’s stellar Voyageur. It is just time to pause and reflect.

But before she can get to “Kathleen time”, the talented singer-songwriter performs at Fredericton’s Wilmot United Church (473 King Street) on Friday January 24.

Kathleen spoke with The MusicNerd Chronicles from her Ottawa home last week:

It has now been almost two years since the release of Voyageur. Are you in the process of writing new material for your next record?

I had heard so much good about Shivering Songs that I wanted to get out to play. To be honest, I am otherwise taking a break from thinking about making records and touring plans. I am feeling a little burned out and just need to be still for awhile. I moved back to Ottawa this past fall, bought a house and got a dog. It’s time to nurture myself.

Is this your first significant break since Failer [Edwards 2003 debut]?

Yes, it is. It has been a long time coming. I love playing music and have had the chance to play with a lot of great people and reap a lot of rewards. But I also think it will be good to step back both mentally and physically from all that playing music entails.

Voyageur was an intensely personal record that documented a tough time in your life. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to be on stage singing those songs night after night.

The record’s subject matter was definitely close to home but I don’t think that I have ever really made a record that wasn’t deeply personal. Voyageur was very much me firing on all cylinders but there were different things happening in my life at the same time. I’m very proud of the record but it did leave me feeling vulnerable.

Is it nice being back home in Ottawa?

I fought the desire to move back here for so long. I wish I hadn’t. I loved living in Toronto but I was missing the feeling of being home and settled. I can have dinner with my family and see my niece and nephew any time I want. It’s great.

Article published in the January 16, 2014 edition of Here Magazine