WOLFVILLE – When Lynn Miles heard there was another folk singer with the same first name in Ottawa, she joked that “Ottawa was too small for two Lynns.”
Now, she and her Ottawa counterpart Lynne Hanson are a double act, and will be making a stop at Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre on Friday, May 18, on their east coast album release tour for their debut album, Heartbreak Song for the Radio.
They call themselves “heartbreak poets,” and say no matter how happy they are, they just can’t seem to stop writing about heartbreak.
“We both love sad songs – we’re just so drawn to writing them. This new album is right in that wheelhouse,” said Hanson.
From producing together to writing together
The two songwriters have known each other for 12 years and have been friends for the past 10.
After singing vocals and helping produce each other’s albums over the past few years, Miles and Hanson began writing together as well. It was then they realized their chemistry was more than mere friendship.
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In just six short weeks, they wrote all 10 songs included in the album’s final cut, recording it live off the floor with a band.
“Things started changing three years ago – there’s a difference between producing together and writing together. Our styles just flowed together, it was awesome,” said Hanson.
Their songs are heartfelt and are sad, but in a touching way, according to Miles. Each word is chosen, and they often spend hours trying to capture an exact emotion with that perfect word.
“We call ourselves poets because we’re word nerds. Poets are at the top of the food chain in terms of writing. I’m not saying we’re poets, really, but we strive to get there,” said Miles.
Sharing the stage “with my best friend”: Hanson
Both Lynn(e)s are looking forward to playing on their upcoming tour, which will see them travel not only to Wolfville and other parts of Nova Scotia, but to New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island as well.
They agree it’s their favourite coast – far from the least coast – and are looking forward to showing people that a two-woman show can be more than they’d bargained for.
The two are fresh off their European tour, which saw many standing ovations after shows played, and heard many comments on not believing all the elements came from just them.
“We each play percussion, guitar, add harmonies. We’ve got harmonica and other elements too, and the other best part is I get to play with my best friend,” said Hanson.
“I’d been a solo act my whole life, so it’s nice to share a burden – that emotional burden – with someone else,” said Miles.
Thursday May 10: Second Wind Music Centre in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B.
Friday May 11: Steamers Lobster Company in Saint John, N.B.
Saturday May 12: Grimross Brewery in Fredericton, N.B.
Sunday May 13: House Concert in Bedford, N.S.
Tuesday May 15: The Carleton in Halifax, N.S.
Thursday May 17: Osprey Art Centre in Shelburne, N.S.
Friday May 18: Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, N.S.
Saturday May 19: Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River, P.E.I.