Hillside Inside 2020 presents DONOVAN WOODS with special guest Missy Bauman

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Hillside Inside 2020 presents an intimate solo performance with Donovan Woods and a special guest artist TBA.

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Donovan Woods’ latest album is an acoustic interpretation of songs we already know, and yet it still reveals new shades of his acclaimed songwriting and spectral singing.

Released on May 3 on Woods’ Meant Well label, The Other Way mines fresh meaning from the songs first collected on Both Ways, the Canadian artist’s 2018 release that scored him his first Juno Award, for contemporary roots album. Often hailed as a songwriter’s songwriter, Woods had been nominated for a Juno a handful of times in previous years, including two nods for songwriter of the year.

The Other Way brims with luminous renditions that are stark yet startling in their urgency. It’s also the first taste of new music as Woods prepares to release new songs in the fall, including “Way Way Back,” a sensuous meditation on the long shadow that old lovers often cast and the way they creep back into our lives – or at least our memories.

Almost as a flip side to the unvarnished beauty of his latest album, it seems fitting that Woods ramps up again on “Way Way Back,” whose intimate observations are shot through with an electro-acoustic pulse.

“My partner said something once about when people get back together with past romantic partners,” Woods says. “She said, ‘You always go as far as you’ve gone,’ and she meant that if you slept together back then, you’d sleep together again.”

“It can be hard to escape the comfort and nostalgia their memory offers, and that’s what ‘Way Way Back’ is about,” he adds. “The whole song, the production and arrangement, are indicative of this push and pull between the risky excitement of something new and the ease of something familiar.”

It's a reminder that Woods has never cloaked his lyrics in bells and whistles. Beginning with his 2009 debut, The Hold Up, he has become a sought-after songwriter whose work has been recorded by Tim McGraw (“Portland, Maine”), Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley (“Leaving Nashville”) and Billy Currington (“Sweet Love”), with over 109 million streamsl

His secret? Fans don't just hear Woods' words – they connect with them as if his songs are telling the stories of their own lives.

Opening the show will be up and coming Guelph based artist Missy Bauman.

Crafting songs about all the intimate moments of youth, from dysfunction to desire to death, Missy Bauman performs folk music with fangs. She is not afraid to sit you down on the bed, look you in the eyes, and tell you the painful truths you need to hear.

With the song writing sensibilities of Dan Mangan and the alternative edge of Mother Mother, Bauman’s music drips with sweet intentions and sour recollections. Her dreamy instrumentation is grounded by her voice, a powerful delicacy that dances on your skin and pounds at your heart. Her debut full-length album, Don’t Fear the Dark, was praised by Rrampt magazine as “…an exploration of the ethereal, [and] the work of a truly talented artist”.

Bauman’s fearless songs and transformative shows have won her critical acclaim across Canada, including a Canadian Songwriting Hall of Fame nomination, selection as a Youth Performer at the Summerfolk Music Festival, and runner-up in BC Musician’s Songwriting Competition. Her brave interrogation of sexual assault, “Two Sisters,” was awarded a “Song from the Heart” award from Folk Music Ontario for best political piece of the year, was the runner-up for BC Musician's Songwriting Competition, recieved the Folk Award from the international John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and was nominated for the Emerging Artist award from the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame.

With such recognition accumulating already, Bauman’s forthcoming album is bound to be her boldest and brightest yet.

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