Dawn Pritchard, of Wakefield, Quebec, is a singer songwriter, guitar player. She is releasing her second album, “”Catch Me if You Can”" on November 5, 2016 at the Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield, QC. Her songs are groovy, ambient and sonically beautiful.
A Metis from Saskatoon, Dawn started playing rock and roll guitar, when she was just 11 years old. One day just before high school graduation, Dawn loaded up her Fender Stratocaster, quit school and went on the road with the Rockin’ T-Birds. After arriving in Toronto, she joined the Kovergirlz, an all female hard rock band playing the rock and roll circuit in and around Toronto. In spite of playing some great venues, Dawn still feels wistful for the fact that Kovergirlz never played the Gasworks on Young Street.
Once back in Saskatoon, Dawn finished high school, became a mother and went to law school.
While lawyering, Dawn played with another female group called “Mother Hubbard” from Saskatoon. Songs started to come during this time, and she wrote and recorded a song for her mother who had A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Songs came and went, and the lawyering continued.
Fast forward a few years….
Dawn, was asked by the Advisory Committee on Aboriginal People for Justice Canada to write some music for a video they were producing, which she happily did. She started playing more and more guitar in Chelsea, QC. The community of Wakefield, QC offered songwriting classes with Ian Tamblyn, who helped Dawn hone her craft. She started playing the Wednesday night open stage at the Kaffe 1870 in Wakefield, played solo house concerts, ultimately headlining with a full band. In the meantime, a fellow Saskatoon songstress had hooked Dawn up with Dave Draves of Little Bullhorn Productions in Ottawa. They recorded and Dave produced her first album, “All Tied Up”, released December 6, 2013. They have just finished up her second album “”Catch Me if You Can”" – still ambient, still quirky, but groovier with drums, bass and even some synth thrown in.
High school drop out, rock and roll guitar player, mother, lawyer and now singer songwriter, guitar player, life has come full circle. The music which ebbed and flowed for years is here to stay. Dawn’s songs tell stories. Topics on this album include childhood memories; the effects of war; the effects of mental illness; a song about a caribou and, even a bilingual story about a sweater.
Come on in, sit back, and enjoy the music of Dawn Pritchard. You’ll be glad that you did.