Have you ever had a question for a folk musician but were afraid to ask? Of course not. Folk musicians are the most approachable and friendly people on the planet.
We asked Caroline Brooks from the Good Lovelies a few questions, and she was thrilled to provide some insight.
- If you could be invisible for day, where would you go and what would you do? I would probably go spend the day in my five-year-old Annabelle’s classroom, to watch her interact with her friends and teacher.
- What advice would you give young musicians starting out in the industry? Learn how to do the nitty-gritty, meet people, and to be open-minded (while sticking to your guns). In our early years as a band, we learned a lot from putting ourselves out there and asking questions. We still do!
- What’s the best advice you’ve received as a songwriter? Write about what you know.
- What makes a long partnership like yours work so well? Communication, a shared purpose, and giving one another the space to live the life we need to in order to feel personally fulfilled. Case in point: as the Good Lovely with the first baby, I am super grateful to my band mates for being supportive of my choice to bring my kids on the road. They know it makes me a happier person, and I recognize the sacrifice they make to have my kids along for the ride. It also helps that our voices blend so well and we have a lot of fun together on the road!
- What grounds you when the world around you is spinning? Running has played an important role in my life, keeping me steady and balanced on the road and at home. I find that any time anxiety or stress start to unravel me, a good run will help focus my energy. On an emotional level, I also find it very grounding to “be in the moment” with my children. I find their fun and joyful presence calming. Except when they’re cranky.
- What do you want more of in your life? Music. Sounds funny, doesn’t it? Truth is 90 per cent of our job is administrative; emailing, promoting, social media posts, etc. Right now, most of the music I play is onstage.
- You’ve been interviewed many times. What question do you hate to answer? This is an excellent question! I would be really happy to never answer the question “can you describe your music to me?” again. Ha!
- Which fictional character do you wish was real? Wonder woman, hands down. We need her right now.
- What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done? Quitting my union/pension job to be a full-time musician is probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever done. Also the best thing!
- What is the best thing about getting older? Finding out who you are, and being happy with that person!
The Good Lovelies have answers to more questions on their website. Read more about these wonderful ladies.
The Barrie Folk Society was formed in response to the wants and needs of the local folk music community in and around the Barrie area.
The main goal of the Barrie Folk Society is to bring Folk music to the masses through a not-for-profit organization that cares about the growth and nurturing of the folk music movement.
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