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Kim Stockwood prepares for provincial tour

Kim Stockwood will make 11 appearances across Newfoundland and Labrador in her upcoming provincial tour, starting Feb. 28 in St. John’s. — Submitted photo

Kim Stockwood doesn’t like to spend too much time away from her two small boys – but she’s heading ‘back to the water’ for her upcoming two-week provincial tour.

Stockwood is set to make 11 appearances across Newfoundland and Labrador, kickstarting Feb. 28 at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.

“My kids are young, and I don’t want to be away that long, but Newfoundland is probably my favourite place to tour,” Stockwood said.

“I wish it was July, but hey, there’s another kind of beauty in touring Newfoundland in the winter, and Labrador.”

Stockwood will showcase her newest album, “Back to the Water,” which features 11 songs that the Newfoundland native said “all mean something” to her.

The songstress puts her own twist on some of the province’s oldest classics, like “St. John’s Waltz,” “Now I’m 64,” “Squid Jiggin’ Ground” and “Thank God We’re Surrounded by Water.”

“’The Cliffs of Baccalieu’ was a song that my Dad played on accordion,” she recalled.

“I heard it over and over when I was a kid. I didn’t know what it was, and I for sure didn’t know any of the words, but when I started to make this record, I knew I’d have to put it on.”

And even though Stockwood admits narrowing down her favourite tunes from home was no easy task, she said it didn’t take long for the new album to be her most treasured to date.

“I look back on some of the things I’ve done in my career and I go, ‘wow, did I actually do that? Was that me?’ And then all of a sudden I got to do this record and it instantly means more to me than anything I’ve ever done,” she said.

“It’s funny, (there’s) a friend of mine here in Toronto, I hadn’t seen her in ages and I gave her a record. And she called me and she said, ‘I don’t know why I’m crying, if it’s because of the music, or the liner notes.’”

This will be the first time Stockwood has done a provincial tour on her own in “a long, long time,” but she said she couldn’t think of a better place to showcase the new album.

“It’s the reason I did this,” she said. “I wanted to sing these songs at home, and who knows when I’ll get the chance again. I’m going to mix in some of the other stuff, and I’m excited about that. I’ve just started doing some of my earliest radio songs, and it’s really fun to sing them again.”

And one of the songs she’s particularly eager to share is the only original on the CD — and the album’s namesake — “Back to the Water.”

“I was almost shy to put it on the record because I just didn’t know if it stood up against all the time-tested classics…but you know, people really seem to like it, and it really is special for me to sing that song at home, because it really is about longing to be home,” she said.

Stockwood said she was “humbled” to have worked with other local musicians on the album, including The Once, The Dardanelles and long-time friend Damhnait Doyle.

“Some of those people I didn’t know when I made this record,” she said. “But it was Glen Tilley (producer) who brought all those people in, and I have to thank him for introducing me to all those great musicians.”

And Stockwood hinted she might even bring along some special guests for her appearances.

“I think there will be a lot of special appearances, and probably some surprise ones,” she said. “There are musicians everywhere – so if someone is reading this and they know how to play one of the songs on my record, get in touch and maybe we can get you a guest appearance!”

For full tour details visit http://kimstockwood.com.

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  • Just Browsing
    January 31, 2012 - 10:02

    I just listened to a few of Kim's songs from her new album online and unlike Political Watcher I thought they were very very Good . In fact I 'm downloading tio itunes as I type. To each his/her own and a proud supporter of Good Music local or otherwise!!

  • Corner B'y Tommy Oz
    January 31, 2012 - 09:51

    Your ten seconds of fame are up" - you got that right. Although she's not the only NL songstress with an endless supply of ego and shameless self promotion on hand. Heard some jazz singer on the radio once trying to make out she was the next Ella Fitzgerald because she booked a small pub in London UK!

  • Kevin Power
    January 31, 2012 - 08:29

    Personally, I enjoyed the music and the content of the CD. I thought that Kim Stockwood did a fantastic job and her voice was great for the songs chosen.

  • Your Ten Seconds of Fame are Up
    January 31, 2012 - 08:00

    I remember her playing at The Oil Patch bar on Water Street a long time ago. Great at self-promotion back then. Made good connections in the Toronto industry and Much Music. Sadly, NL is her only market now.

  • Political watcher
    January 31, 2012 - 06:28

    Before I get tarred and feathered here I will say that I am a hugh supporter of local music and musicians. However, I am not a fan of Ms. Stockwood's most recent album. I truly feel she doesn't do a god job on this and that it was jst put together to get something out. I very seldom change my station on Saturday and Sunday mornings when the local music programs are on but lately I have found myself doing so whenever a Stockwood song comes on. I find this latest release difficult to listen to that Ms. Stockwood's voice just don't cut it.