A raven flies above Thunder Bay, soaring in the Canadian sky. A woman’s voice in the distance. A glimpe of the sea can be caught. The voice conjures Shakespears’s words, casting a keepsake to Pete Seeger. Folk, wrapped in strings splendour. Recorded in Toronto, under the experienced guidance of producer Danny Greenspoon and double bassist Joe Phillips, who created beautiful orchestrations for them, “The Raven’s Wing” recordings feature some extraordinary arrangements for small string ensemble, masterfully executed by some of Canada’s best players. Kim Erickson’s lyrics for this group of songs speak of lost loves and the lure of great waters, walks by northern shorelines, through autumn gardens and rugged old world landscapes. The music is lyrical and romantic, conjuring dark string sounds, and Kim’s interpretation is deep and intense in bringing her compositions to life. Audiences who enjoy folk, jazz and classical fusions will crave for this recording. The raven’s wing is a nod to my mother’s North Sea Scotish roots, and is a taking stock and a looking forward to “the time that will come to be”. My friend the raven could always be found here, and many fine conversations we had… – KE