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General News · 20th December 2020
The Awakeneers are grateful to call Cortes Island home. Variously know as The Merry McKentys, Wild Canadians, and Solaris Music Project, this group of back-to-the-roots folk musicians have sometimes been referred to as 'the biggest family band in the West'.

Awakeneers’ music centres around honest vocals sweetened with multi-part harmonies and supported by rich acoustic instrumentation. The nomadic band of nine multi-instrumentalist songwriters — most of whom are siblings — segues seamlessly from a foot-stomping fiddle tune to a hip-hop guide to mindfulness; from hilarious satire to heart-wrenching and conscience-raising eco-ballads; to soaring inspirational harmonies of love and hope. These seasoned minstrels weave a genre-bending blend of acoustic positivity that orbits elliptically around the idea of folk music.

The official mission of the band is to embody light, love, and truth — for the benefit of all beings. Their songwriting shines a light on life's big questions, celebrating the goodness of humanity and the miracle of Life on Earth.

Since their humble early days in a dirt floored cabin, the Awakeneers have toured Canada by van and sailboat — as well as the US and Europe — playing venues from street busking, seaside docks, schools, homeless shelters, folk clubs, meditation and yoga centres, peace conferences, folk festivals, and for congregations of all faiths.

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As some of you know, we're doing a New Music Friday series where we record a brand new song each week and then release it on Friday to our newsletter subscribers. This has been a fun challenge for us, and we're now on week #8.

This week's song is an original singing grace that was written by Francis before our socially distanced Thanksgiving picnic.

We have a bunch of people on our newsletter, but most of them are folks we've met on our travels in various different parts of the world, and hardly any of them are on our beautiful little home-town island of Cortes!

If any of you are interested in having a listen to our most recent 8 releases, here's a where you can find them: Also, let me know if any of you would be interested in being on our newsletter.

Cheers and thanks!
Immanuel McKenty

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