Amy Blanding and Friends
Stalwart Folk – Prince George, British Columbia
Known for her powerful voice and profound stage presence, Amy Blanding collects moments in the Northern wild and turns them into stalwart folk songs with a raw edge. Born in Colorado and raised in PEI, she took the long way home to Prince George, BC, where she finds great inspiration in the mountains and rivers of the traditional and unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. Cutting her teeth with nationally-recognized folk rock band Black Spruce Bog, Amy Blanding’s music is the culmination of an outdoor life, led heart-first.
Raised on Celtic, choir and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tunes, Amy’s father instilled a love for music and lush vocal harmonies from an early age. From the age of 5 to 18 years old, Blanding sang in choir and developed an everlasting love and ear for singing. While vocals were her musical priority, Amy found brief interest in the tin whistle and bodhran (playing to crowds throughout the Maritimes in various Celtic groups) before landing on a love for the mandolin and its ability to accompany her voice.
Blanding’s music career solidified when she relocated to Prince George, British Columbia and co-founded the band Black Spruce Bog. Having recorded two full-length albums with the band, as well as appearing on the national stage at 2015’s Canada Winter Games (opening for Alan Doyle), Blanding’s experience with Black Spruce Bog laid a solid platform from which to launch her solo career. Signed to Good Egg Records in 2018, Blanding has her first original album in the works, and keeps busy as a member of award-winning choral ensemble Nove Voce as well as performing as a hired gun with Rachelle Van Zanten, Marcel Gagnon, Kym Gouchie, Sam Tudor, Saltwater Hank and other esteemed Canadian artists.
Amy Blanding’s quickly growing fanbase can attest to her love of music, for witnessing Blanding’s live performance is to witness her heart exposed and streamlined through song to each and every member of her audience.