4525-47a Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6
Learn about the art of songwriting from Winnipeg's Madeleine Roger, folk/roots singer-songwriter and storyteller. This workshop will explore the ins and outs of creating a meaningful song from the ground up. Topics covered will include song structures, "the hook", building melody, and using rhymes, metaphors, character, personal experiences, and imagery to tell a story. We will also briefly cover the foundations of how to release and share your songs to new audiences.
The ability to play some chords on an instrument is helpful but not mandatory - all experience levels are welcome. Bring your instrument of choice, ideas and partially written songs, and/or a notebook, pencil & pen.
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Madeleine Roger is a folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. While accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, it is her artistry as a songwriter that can silence a room, uniting her magnetic voice with vivid lyricism and a maturity beyond her years. A former thespian and a lifelong traveler, she is prone to absorbing stories and questioning the way that things are, creating songs with imaginative melodies and honesty that bares truths about being alive.
Madeleine co-produced and co-engineered her debut album Cottonwood (out Oct. 26) with Lloyd Peterson (The Wailin' Jenny's, The Weakerthans, James Keelaghan) at Paintbox Recording in Winnipeg, earning them a nomication at the upcoming WCMAs for “Producer Of The Year”. The album was proudly made with gender parity - half of the producing, audio engineering, musicians, and other artists identify as female. Written from Madeleine’s home in Winnipeg MB, and in a woodstove-heated cabin that her great-grandparents built in the Manitoba backwoods, Cottonwood combines the elegant storytelling of folk traditions with the grounded vibe of roots music. The album portrays her intuitive creativity; reflections on femininity and equality, the majesty of the wilderness, and the beautiful awkwardness of trying to love another person. It quickly reached the No. 1 spot on the Canadian folk/roots/blues charts, garnering acclaim for its exceptional songwriting, stunning vocals, and meticulous instrumentation.
Along with appearances in her folk/roots duo Roger Roger with her twin brother Lucas, Madeleine has performed at music festivals and stages across Canada and Europe including The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Summerfolk Festival, The Calgary Folk Club, Campbell Bay Music Festival, Festival Du Voyageur, Homeroutes house concert tours, etc.