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"Dow’s songwriting is poetry brought to life with an incomparable voice that is raw, alluring and unique....Ingrained will leave a mark on the heart and soul of its listeners with its pretty grittiness and authentic voice. It is Canadian music at its finest and Dow is sure to make her mark."
- VIES Magazine
- VIES Magazine
Carly Dow writes beguiling, clever songs and delivers them with insight and a powerful voice pulled from the place where grit meets beauty. Hailing from the heart of Canada, she'll give you a reason to dance, something to think about, and the nudge you need to embrace the wild - surrounding and within.
Carly has been sharing her style of wildcrafted folk music across Canada since 2013. With roots in Manitoba’s music community and professional training as an environmental scientist, she knows how to look closely and transform what she’s seen into intimate musical snapshots.
Her 2015 debut album Ingrained rose into the national top 10 charts in the folk/roots/blues category and garnered international acclaim. Her clear, vivid imagery and enchanting melodies earned Carly a place on renowned festival stages across Canada including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Guelph Ontario’s Hillside Festival, and the Bella Coola Festival in British Columbia, and propelled her international tours to Europe and the United Kingdom in 2017. Americana UK called her “a talent - 9/10”, Vies Mag proclaimed that “it is Canadian music at its finest”, and The Rocking Magpie (UK) said her songs are “multi-layered and bewitching”. Like her stage presence, Carly’s music is quietly captivating, confident, and illuminating. Flirting with the line between pretty and gritty, she delivers songs of the heart and its wide open spaces.
On 2018's Comet, Carly demonstrates the steady growth of her craftsmanship with a full band behind her. The album features her characteristic clawhammer banjo and supports her melodies with electric guitars, strings, accordions and a driving rhythm section. They're perfectly arranged to showcase the power of her voice. With songs for adventurers, lovers, and the worlds they inhabit, Comet is proof again that Carly Dow is sketching the human condition in song and claiming her own space on the musical landscape in the process.
Bring a compass, Carly will take you places.