Listening to These Fields, the new CD from country-folk singer Betty Belmore, the first word that comes to mind is “homespun.”
Not just for the way its largely acoustic soundscape unspools under the guiding hand of her co-producer, fellow Mighty Oak String Band member Greg Simm, but also for its recurring themes of family, love and loss.
Occupation: singer/songwriter/make-up artist
Place of Birth: I was born in my grandmother’s parlour in Wittenburg, Nova Scotia. I grew up in Caribou Gold Mines, a tiny remote community in Nova Scotia. My father was a gold miner and my mother taught in the one room school. Our family home, built by my great grandfather, was the post office, general store and hotel during the turn of the century boom days.
Still strummin’, Betty Belmore’s back from the road and ready to start work on the follow-up to her latest release. First we listened to the new record; then we called her. Here’s what we thought, and then what she really meant.