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A folk twin bill

Songwriters Ferron and Tret Fure will be paired at the — Unitarian Center, 4th and C Streets, Ashland, at 8p.m. on Saturday.

Ferron is celebrating the release of her CD, "Turning — into Beautiful," her first recording in eight years. Tret Fure also is — celebrating the release of her new CD Anytime, "Anywhere."

With Ferron, the sound of her voice is instrumental. The — density of her poetic lyrics conjures up forgotten emotions, suppressed — memories, dreamscape corridors you are encountering, or avenues of the — soul you've never traveled. Ferron is a singer/ songwriter possessed of — haunting melody and daunting honesty.

Ferron is one of Canada's most highly acclaimed singer-songwriters. — She has helped pave the way to the current folk revival in North America — and has influenced the music of many folk groups including "The Indigo — Girls."

Over the past 25 years, writers and reviewers alike have — repeatedly recognized Ferron as one of the finest songwriters in North — America. Her last five recordings -"Testimony," "Shadows on a Dime," "Phantom — Centre," "Not a Still Life" and "Driver" - have received across-the-board — critical acclaim. Her new CD "Turning into Beautiful" is simple, exquisite — and sublime. Autobiographical, she writes about things that have really — happened in her life. The songs become mirrors of the soul. While the — outer events unfold as a story, the inner, deeper landscape beckons us — to the realm of fate, choice, paradox, and sensuality. The words are chiseled — from the everyday hard stone of reality and are inspired from her desire — to have a shared reality.

In 2004, Fure both won the South Florida Folk Festival — Singer/Songwriter Competition in the "Best Up-Tempo" and "Best Overall" — categories and received the Phyllis Schliessman Award for Outstanding — Contributions to Women's Music.

After releasing her premier album on MCA records in 1973, — entitled "Tret Fure," and becoming one of the first women sound engineers — in the country, she left the mainstream music industry. Wanting to retain — full artistic control, Fure explored the independent side of the industry — and soon discovered the blossoming genre known as Women's Music.

For almost 20 years, Fure toured and recorded with Cris — Williamson. Now, after three acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy — girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world.

Fure's solo releases include: Terminal Hold; Edges of — the Heart; Time Turns the Moon; Back Home, which took both album of the — year and single of the year awards for 2001 from Outvoice Top 40; and — My Shoes, which took the number two spot for album of the year in 2003 — from Outvoice.

Sing Out Magazine says of My Shoes: "Fure's new solo venture — signals her intent to do more than just move on. This album soars...She — has never sounded better...This mature effort surely ranks among Fure's — finest works and will be savored by old-time fans and new fans alike." — Each of Fure's collections spotlights her gift for creating lyrical and — musical vignettes. Whether it is her signature disarming piano ballad — "That Side of the Moon," the moving and beautiful story of her Norwegian — grandparents "Ancestors," or the gorgeous love song "Dream Time," Fure's — words transform inaccessible and complex emotions into that which listeners — can viscerally touch.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for — kids 5-17. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in the A Street Marketplace, — on-line at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 535-3562.