Halifax based Carmel Mikol has been awarded a Grand Prize from the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) in the Folk category. "Twenty Something Girl" is the winning entry from Mikol’s sophomore album Creature, released just last month.
The JLSC is an international contest open to both amateur and professional songwriters which allows them to submit entries in any one of twelve categories. Mikol has been named one of the 12 Lennon Award Winners in the first of two award sessions and will now contend for the coveted "Song of the Year."
Creature has received an overwhelmingly positive response since it’s August 9 release on Sound of Pop/Fontana Records. The album is uniquely accompanied by a companion book of poetry and prose titled "Creature of Habit", which gives fans a deeper look into the artistic context of Creature – both are available for preview and purchase at carmelmikol.com. A triple East Coast Music Award nominee in 2011, Mikol’s career as a musician and songwriter has been met with acclaim for a number of years. And this prolific writer is no stranger to awards, having taken home both Great American Song Contest and International Singer Songwriter Awards in 2010.
Carmel Mikol continues her sweep of the States with dates in New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois and will share the stage with Canadian JUNO Award winner Amelia Curran for a number of the dates.
A triple nominee at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards, Carmel Mikol has always been a songwriter. From her childhood on a family farm in rural Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, to her current "home" on the road, Mikol has built her life around crafting songs, collecting stories, and carving poetry out of the human experience. After a year of touring extensively across Canada and the US with her celebrated debut album "In My Bones", Mikol recently returned home to Cape Breton to create her newest recording Creature.
An Americana-tinged confluence of acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, and unaffected vocals, Creature was recorded live off the floor with her band at Cape Breton’s award winning Lakewind Sound Studio (Gordie Sampson/Fred Lavery). From the overtly political Twenty Something Girl to the deeply personal I Miss The Moon, Creature is a fresh take on traditional folk song fodder: wayward politics, social change, and poignant, fictional "true" stories. "I’m not sure which takes more courage for me – singing honestly about my losses or taking on newspaper headlines," Mikol admits. Either way, the album reveals her as a truly unique voice in the Canadian songwriter landscape.
Mikol’s songwriting has garnered her international attention, winning the folk category in the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the 2010 Great American Song Contest and International Singer Songwriter Awards Song Contest. A fan favourite at festivals in Atlantic Canada and the US (Folk Harbour, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; Deep Roots, Wolfville, Nova Scotia; 30-A Songwriters Fest, Florida), Mikol has shared stages with Garnet Rogers, Connie Kaldor, David Francey, Amelia Curran, David Myles, Meghan Smith, Jimmy Rankin, and Matt Anderson. In 2010, she performed in CBC’s Studio H for Concerts on Demand and developed and produced "Roots to the Future", a new creation project for Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours International Festival. Mikol also participated in a month-long artist residency alongside four internationally acclaimed artists in the 2011 Escape To Create program.
Sept 8 @ Easton Town Hall, EASTON, NH
Sept 9 @ Black Eyed Susan, ANGELICA, NY
Sept 14 @ Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, WORTHINGTON, OH (w/ Amelia Curran)
Sept 16 @ Mother Fools, MADISON, WI (w/ Amelia Curran)
Sept 17 @ Cafe Carpe, FORT ATKINSON, WI
Sept 19 @ Stage Left, WOODSTOCK, IL
Sept 23 @ Rock Island Cafe, NEENAH, WI
Sept 24 @ Images by Camela Studio Space, RACINE, WI
Oct 10 @ North River Community Hall, NORTH RIVER, NS (**Celtic Colours Festival)
Nov 4 @ Haley’s Lounge, YARMOUTH, NS (**Nova Scotia music Week Showcase)