A few years ago, singer-songwriter Carly Maicher was looking for a change of scenery from her familiar surroundings in Manitoba, Canada for the remote setting of Grand Manan, a tiny island in New Brunswick where her grandparents grew up and where she could delve into a study of loneliness. Intended to be a few weeks of vacation, songwriting, and recording, this short vacation turned into years. During this time, she managed a restaurant but did not record until last January when she recruited Zachary Lucky and Sean Craib Petkau and rented the equipment needed to make her debut album, Hiding.
On Hiding, Maicher does anything but; instead, she is reflective, honest and open throughout the album. Her earthy lyrics evoke images of her surroundings and clearly represent this specific time and place in her life. With just her guitar and help from Lucky on the guitar and banjo, Maicher’s soulful voice with its subtle inflection of pain is front-and-center. Her lovely voice is definitely the most engrossing element of the album making Hiding my most refreshing end-of-the-year discovery.
Since releasing Hiding, Maicher has moved back to the prairie region of Canada, toured, and just made a name for herself. She has recently ended a fairly successful Canadian tour called the Prairie Roots Revue, which also featured Zachary Lucky, Northcote and Ryan Boldt (The Deep Dark Woods). And, although the tour ended, her bright career in music has just begun.