News: East Coast Folk Troubadour Carmel Mikol Releases Creature EP, August 9th on Sound of Pop/Fontana with Companion Book

And announce US Tour Dates...

Cape Breton native Carmel Mikol is set to release her second LP Creature independently (distributed in Canada by Sound of Pop/Fontana North) on August 9th, 2011. Much like her songwriting, her release method is not typical. Mikol has penned a companion book of stories, poetry and lyrics, giving fans a deeper look into her Creature project. She also has unleashed a series of pre-order packages at available now on her website. Fans receive an advance digital download of Creature and a digital version of the book as soon as their order is processed.

A triple nominee at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards, Mikol will support the new release the best way she knows how - by touring extensively. July will see her sweep through the East Coast of Canada and Maine. In the fall, Mikol brings her intriguing and entertaining on-stage spirit to Eastern and Central North America (dates to be announced soon).

Critics have been quick to side with Mikol's music, highlighting the maturity of her songwriting and the power her captivating delivery. The Coast reviewed, "Mikol's sure way with a melody, straddling country and folk traditions, is warm and organic... It announces her as a hardcore troubadour and a softcore cynic, winning either way."

Influenced by forerunners like Michelle Shocked, David Gray, Shawn Colvin and contemporaries Bright Eyes, Amelia Curran and Joe Pug, Mikol's songwriting has garnered her international attention, winning the folk category in 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), she has shared stages with Garnet Rogers, Connie Kaldor, David Francey, 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 songwriters' creation project for Cape Breton's Celtic Colours International Festival. Carmel also participated in a month-long artist residency alongside four internationally acclaimed artists in the 2011 Escape To Create program in Seaside, Florida.

Recorded live off the floor with Carmel's band at Cape Breton's award-winning Lakewind Sound Studio (Gordie Sampson/Fred Lavery), the eight-song collection is an Americana-tinged confluence of acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, and unaffected vocals. Creature is an ode to Carmel's earliest folk and roots musical influences. It reveals her personal ("Creature"), social ("Made"), and political ("Twenty Something Girl") perspectives influenced by her American-born father's 1960's era journey from Kerouac-esque nomad to draft-dodger, and then to family man and farmer in rural Canada.

From the overtly political fan favourite ("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. The title track also reveals the album's more subtle themes: the dark and light sides of the human experience. It unapologetically confesses basic human desires while "Made" condemns those same base instincts. "Lion or Lamb" admits we can't escape where we come from while "Somewhere Else" begs for that very escapism. "Leaver" is a tongue-in-cheek caricature of non-commitment while "In My Bones" aches for companionship.

Mikol has built her life around crafting songs, collecting stories, and carving poetry out of the human experience. "I'm a creature of habit. I'm a creature of spite," she sings in the album's opening lines. What follows is a smart look at ourselves and our world, from the inside out. Creature's stories, legends and conversations follow in the footprints left by folk-legends of the past and forges links between our world and theirs.

July 1 @ Halfax Public Gardens, HALIFAX
July 3 @ Petite Riviere Winery, CROUSETOWN, NS (w/ Ben Caplan)
July 5 @ St. Peter's Courthouse, ST. PETER'S BAY, PE (w/ Ben Caplan)
July 6 @ Globe World Flavours, CHARLOTTETOWN (w/ Ben Caplan)
July 7 @ Wentworth Park, SYDNEY, NS (w/ Ben Caplan)
July 9 @ Governor's Pub, SYDNEY, NS (w/ Ben Caplan)
July 14 @ Fables Club, TATAMAGOUCHE, NS (w/ Ben Caplan)
July 16 @ Mo's at Five Islands, ELMSDALE, NS (w/ Ben Caplan)
July 18 @ Bayside House Concert, ELLSWORTH, ME
July 19 @ New Portland Community Centre, NORTH NEW PORTLAND, MAINE
July 20 @ Skye Theatre, SOUTH CARTHAGE, ME
July 21 @ Unity Centre for Performing Arts, UNITY, ME
July 22 @ Fisherman's Wharf Inn, BOOTHBAY HARBOUR, MAINE
July 27 @ Halifax Parade Square, HALIFAX
Aug 12 @ The Lobster Galley Upper Room, ST. ANN'S BAY, NS (*album release show)
Aug 13 @ Company House, HALIFAX (*album release show)



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