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Meet Trent Severn

Darrell September 26, 2012 No Comments on Meet Trent Severn
Meet Trent Severn
Trent Severn

Trent Severn

Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning and Laura C. Bates join forces to form Trent Severn

Stratford Ontario trio’s self-titled album to be released on November 6. Listen to “Snowy Soul”, the first song from the upcoming album, today.

Meet Trent Severn. Not the waterway system in Southern Ontario, but Trent Severn – the Canadiana band whose songs are fueled by the folklore of Ontario; whose lyrics pay tribute to Canadian legends.

Trent Severn is a trio from Stratford, Ontario comprised of indie songster Emm Gryner, the multi-talented Dayna Manning and violin whiz/songbird Laura C. Bates. When listening to their self- titled 10-track debut album, the first influence that comes to mind is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. There is no lead singer in Trent Severn. There are no doubled tracks. There is a guitar or banjo (Manning), a bass and stomp box (Gryner), a fiddle (Bates), and a shaker here and there. You can hear the watermarks of greats like Spirit of The West, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. The sound of this band is CANADIANA based in Folk, Roots and Old Country.

Every note on the album is played, arranged and penned by the trio with the exception of a one-track guest appearance by Joel Plaskett. Song titles like “Snowy Soul”, “Muskoka Bound” and “Bluenose On A Dime” paint instant Canadian portraits. The lyrics seamlessly offer inside jokes our citizens will laugh at, yet nothing a welcome visitor couldn’t relate to and enjoy.

The roots of this trio are deep. These ladies have been intertwined by the same stomping grounds and musical crossroads for a decade.

Gryner and Manning have been co-billing a stage since the very beginnings of their careers. As a teenager, Manning wrote her very first song “A Walk On the Moon”, the song that launched her musical career, while babysitting Laura C. Bates in her childhood home.

Trent Severn are three treasured and talented musicians who have years of experience touring this country, getting to know audiences and creating lasting friendships. This band is a seed that blooms to life on a Canadian stage. Watch for Trent Severn national tour dates to be announced soon.

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Darrell Shelley is a musician, sound engineer and Editor In Chief. He graduated with a diploma in Jazz Studies from St.Fx in 2003. He’s traveled, Europe, USA, Mexico, and Canada. His band Chameleonize has shared the stage with the likes of Steve Hill, My Darkest Days, Billy Talent, and DOA and won Best Hard Rock at the Barrie New Music Fest in 2011. As a sound engineer Darrell has worked with K-OS, Teenage Head, Rick Emmett, Bachman/Cummings, Donnie Wahlberg, YOB, Cascada, Down With Webster, Sons Of Otis, Broken Social Scene, The Philosoper Kings, Sugarland, and the late great Jeff Healey.


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