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New Video for “Hold” & New Album now Available

New Video for “Hold” & New Album now Available

 

The new video for “Hold” is out today. “Hold” is a rally cry, a street march, a protest song that’s bold but understated, stubborn but kind. The folks at Abracazebra Productions got that and made a perfect video for the song. Huge gratitude for the many hours of work they put into carefully researching and sourcing archive footage for this song that only feels more and more relevant to me everyday.

Watch the video:

https://youtu.be/qhgBRUDsGv0

“Daughter of a Working Man” is now available. Here’s where you can stream & buy it:

Purchase hard copy CD’s (limited release) 

Buy digital album on iTunes, Amazon, or Bandcamp

Stream the album on Spotify or Applemusic

Preorder “Daughter of a Working Man” today

Preorder “Daughter of a Working Man” today

At long last, my new album “Daughter of a Working Man” is ready for you. Starting today, you can Preorder it at PLEDGEMUSIC.COM and get exclusive access to limited edition hardcopy CD’s and some great extras. It will be available everywhere May 1st, but when you preorder it, you get it sooner.

Made over the course of three years, in two studios, with the help of Producer, Jon Landry, a couple sound engineers, a great band, a gang of guest vocalists, and strings by the Rhapsody Quintet, “Daughter of a Working Man” is a folk record dressed up in strings, electronic effects, and textured vocals. It’s an elegy and a victory album. It faces loss with strength and resolve, but never shies away from the dark. True to the lyric-driven style of all my work, the songs on this album swing between deeply personal stories and broader issues of  social inequality and injustice.

Thank you for your support. I hope you hear the life, love, and care with which this album was created. Enjoy!

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/carmelmikol

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Evergreen Theatre & Full Circle Festival

Evergreen Theatre & Full Circle Festival

Finally: spring. Find me and the band at three shows in Nova Scotia this month. We can’t wait to play for you. We’re feeling awake and alive.

Friday June 3rd
Feature performer – Avon Spirit Coffeehouse
Open mic hosted by Full Circle Festival
Avon River Heritage Museum
17 Belmont Road, Newport Landing, NS
evensi.ca

Saturday June 11th
Evergreen Theatre
Full Band show – double bill with Gabrielle Papillon
1941 Stronach Mountain Road, Margarestville, NS)
evergreentheatre.ca

Friday June 17 – Sunday June 19th
Ful Circle Festival 2016
Full Band and special guests
Avon River Heritage Museum
17 Belmont Road, Newport Landing, NS
fullcirclefestival.ca

New Short Story Published: Breton Books

New Short Story Published: Breton Books

My first professionally published short-story appears in a new collection from Breton Books, and I’m terrified/excited/honoured to share it with you.

You can pick up the book in stores around Cape Breton or online HERE.

The book officially launches November 24th 4pm-6pm at Sydney’s McConnell Library. The event is open to the public and will be broadcast on CBC Mainstreet Cape Breton.

Here’s a small excerpt from the story to get you started…

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From And Then I Can See by Carmel Mikol

I follow behind the ambulance in my Jeep, the absurd red emergency lights smashing the trees and my windshield and the wide darkness of the rural road. We pass no other cars. It’s quiet except for when they pull over to the side of the road and I pull over too waiting to find out why and assuming it means it’s all over already and then I start crying in loud, ugly bursts that echo strangely in the car. No siren. Just the red lights.

We keep on after that though. Must have been hard getting the IV in, all the frost heaves and turns. Had to pull over to hit the vein. 

I’m not sure I remember it right.

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Find the complete story HERE

Germany: with Gabrielle Papillon Band

Germany: with Gabrielle Papillon Band

I’ve had the grand good luck to tour as a member of the Gabrielle Papillon band for the last year or so. It’s a great crew of good friends making darn good music together and I’m so proud of all the hard work and talent Gabrielle is putting into the world.

Last spring we played festivals in England and spent a week playing shows in London. That was no fun at all (ha ha). This month we return to the UK and hit Reeperbahn Festival in Germany. If you can read in German, here’s all the info: https://www.reeperbahnfestival.com/de/festival/gabrielle-papillon

Follow our adventures abroad on my Instagram feed. And find Gabrielle’s music HERE.

Gabrielle Papillon Band

 

The Making of: 100 Acres

The Making of: 100 Acres

Here’s a sneak peek at a new song I’m working on. It fell out of me easily, so I must have been working on it somewhere deep down while I was writing emails and cooking eggs and running forest trails. I must have been writing it in my sleep. Here’s a picture of how it started in my messy notebook and where I took it after a few edits:

100 acres notebook

100 Acres | by Carmel Mikol

I had a hundred acres
Of oak and pine
Burned it to the ground to make it look like
this heart of mine

I had a wild spirit
You could tell
Broke it like a horse on a carousel

What you promise I don’t believe

Carve it like a headstone
Dig it like a grave
Feeling for a pulse like it’s something that can still be saved

But I am not a preacher
I am not a saint
I am not a spirit you can summon when your knees shake

What you promise I don’t believe

I had a hundred acres
All is lost
Now I’m just a bullet and at best I’m a long shot

What you promise I don’t believe

Writing and Pushups

Writing and Pushups

This time of year, the weight of the “last third” comes down on me. It hits me in September every year: two thirds disappeared already. I get an urgent need to write, more than usual.

All big things are built from a collection of small habits. The craft, the skill of songwriting comes in strong like a muscle when it’s used often. So every morning, I do pushups. And then I write.

I’ve also been doing a lot of collaborative sessions lately, stretching my writing muscles with the help of other artists I admire. We sit in dark rooms, around kitchen tables, in little studios, and we work away at the craft. It’s just my favourite thing…

Check out clip of a brand new song called “100 Acres” with the lovely Norma MacDonald singing harmonies on my Facebook Page HERE

xo
CM

co writes 2 co writes

Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

The summer passed in a rush of sun and heat and long weekends tethered by a line of lovely shows. I’m sending a big thanks to the Festivals that presented my show this summer including the New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.

And to the sweet people who came out to see us play, my heart is in my hand, as always. Thank you for listening and giving back so very much.

xo
CM

Poem: kill the cigarette

Poem: kill the cigarette

kill the cigarette | by carmel mikol

tweed
vested
tie died
flat chested
drunk with the boys
on sunday monday
beat the snare
till it bleeds confetti
stomp your feet
to the four four beat
dodge the bill
kill the cigarette on the street

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I wrote this poem from my second floor apartment window above Agricola Street in Halifax. Many songs and many poems spilled out over that window sill where I spent hours watching people pass on the street below and trying like hell to get words on the page.