Christie Simmons comes to the craft of songwriting having dabbled heartily in a variety of musical genres and instruments: classical training in flute and a brief but intense love-affair with recorder (including sac buts, crumhorns and other bizarre renaissance instruments); years on the highland games circuit competing with pipe bands and as a solo piper; choral, roots and bluegrass music; guitar, banjo, ukulele… and always the voice. As a songwriter and musician she draws on influences as varied as Gillian Welch, Blue Rodeo and Danú. Her resulting original music is authentic, elegant, acoustic folk – prairie Canadiana that’s woven with strains of Celtic, brushes of bluegrass and old-time Western sensibility.
Christie is a born-and-bred Calgarian, wife, mother, writer and part of a large, loving and untamed family. Her songs seek to capture the joys of both the mundane and the magical and give voice to the soft underbelly of life. The literary genius of contemporary writers along with strong, intelligent lyrics and raw melodies of the roots/Americana world inform her songwriting today. Along with playing her originals as a solo artist, Christie plays whistle, guitar, ukulele and sings lead and harmony vocals with the upbeat folk/fusion group My Son Ted.
She has been raised among colourful characters, visual artists and writers who, along with Alberta, the magnificent province she calls home, permeate her and shape her songs.
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