“If you’ve made something you care about, that challenged you, that required bravery. And if you made it with collaborators you respect who pushed you to be better. And if you suffered in the making of it - if it hurt you to go to those places but you went anyway. That’s it. You did your job as a writer. You can give the thing away and when people hear it, they’ll know it’s honest, good work.” – Carmel Mikol
After a few years of touring with other bands, Carmel Mikol returns to her solo work with Daughter of a Working Man, her third record and the first in four years.
Daughter is a folk record dressed in strings, electronic effects, and textured vocals. Its two parts The Decemberists and one part Sinead O’Connor with tinges of early Buffy Sainte-Marie and Kate Bush.
Mikol brings to the table her skillful songwriting with powerful narratives and heart-wrenching melodies. Producer Jon Landry (The Stanfields) brings a solid rock drive and Celtic-flavoured grit that highlights the tension between Mikol’s tender vocals and the thoughtful lyrical content of her songs. Along side Landry, the record features Celtic players Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen, Dobro aficionado Andrew Sneddon (Modern Grass), and renowned classical group Rhapsody Quintet.
Mikol’s previous albums In My Bones (2010) and Creature (2011) earned her three East Coast Music Association award nominations, several songwriting awards including the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Folk Category Grand Prize, and performance slots alongside Canadian folk greats Garnet Rogers, Amelia Curran, and Matt Anderson on festivals across North America.
She’s also an active collaborator with songwriting credits with a diverse roster of artists include Ria Mae, Kim Wempe, and John Campbelljohn. Behind the scenes, Carmel has curated special creation projects and youth workshops for Celtic Colours International Festival, the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee, and Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.