The first and last slot of the night is a tough spot to be in during music festivals, especially when your home base isn’t the city that you are performing in. Norway singer-songwriter Marie Munroe’s (formerly Hilde Marie Kjersem) 7:00pm show at the Cameron House deserved a far bigger audience but despite the small group of early birds in attendance, Munroe performed as if it were a packed house.
Munroe is one of the most expressive performers I have seen live in a while, wearing her honest lyrics on her sleeve, while performing each song as if it were her first time. Her strong and gorgeous voice sounded as if pulled straight off of her third album, If We Make It To The Future. It was wonderful to hear an artist who can sing, really sing, without the assistance of software programs and gadgets to make them sound interesting. One song flowed beautifully into another, her powerful robust voice never overpowered by her fantastic band.
Though I had to race off to another venue right after her last song, her infectious love ballad “My Man” stayed in my head for days. Munroe is one of the reasons I enjoy CMW, it’s a chance to discover incredible artists from around the world. I look forward to when her album becomes available in Canada.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chaka V. is a writer, journalist and the creator of The Winehouse Mag.