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4505 Schooldraw Ave,
Yellowknife, NT, Canada X1A 2K3
Moira Cameron grew up during the 70’s Traditional Folk Revival in Toronto. Immersed in ancient Celtic, English and French ballads and stories, many of which she heard from her father, Stewart Cameron, she learned to love traditional music and performing at a very early age. Legend has it she made her debut at the age of three when she invited herself on stage at the Fiddler’s Green Folk Club in Toronto and sang a long tragic Scottish ballad.
Since moving north to Yellowknife, NWT, Moira has made her own mark in the world of traditional music. She has performed at venues across the country, produced three widely acclaimed solo albums of traditional and contemporary ballads, and has received radio airplay around the world. In the summer of 2005, she helped to represent Canada’s North in the Canadian cultural componant of EXPO in Aichi, Japan. In the summer of 2012, she uploaded three ‘ballad music’ videos to YouTube to make her style of ballad singing more accessible worldwide.
From time to time Moira has experimented in writing and composing contemporary ballads that sound like traditional ones.
Two of these compositions can be viewed on YouTube.
However Moira’s forte is singing a cappella ballads. Her ability interpret ancient ballads and give them new life using only her voice is compelling.
Recognizing the low number of performers in Canada who specialize in traditional ballad singing, Moira has made it her mission to continue the tradition passed on to her by her late father. She regularly and religiously acknowledges her sources, and hopes that others will one day carry the torch. In the meantime, Moira performs ballads at storytelling and music events and has even been invited to present teaching workshops on the singing of traditional ballads at universities and conferences across the nation.
“Moira understands how to hold the listener’s attention through the length of a ballad”, Vic Smith, fRoots Magazine, Issue #299, May 2008(Review of “Sands of the Shore”)
“Traditional ballad singing is an extraordinarily difficult art to master, but my goodness this girl can do it. Her voice is absolutely lovely--high and silvery with muscle, and keeps you riveted throughout....” Victory Review, Vol. 23, # 6, June 1998 (Review of 'Lilies Among the Bushes')
“She is a highly competent performer on a variety of instruments...In particular, though, she has an enchanting, indeed haunting, voice...and chooses songs that allows it full expression..” Canadian Folk Music Bulletin, Vol. 29, #1 (Review of 'One Evening as I Rambled...')