She was predestined to the travelling musician’s life having been born to a diplomat father and a music teacher mother. It’s also appropriate then that Canadian Kathleen Edwards has entitled her superb fourth album Voyageur.
“I called it that as a summation of the life I fell into,” she says. “Basically, my early years were spent in training for becoming a touring musician.”
The album bears the fruits of Kathleen’s creative relationship with her new partner, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon. Divorce after five years of marriage to her former producer Colin Cripps provided a lot of the inspiration.
“It’s been a liberating but really painful time for me,” reflects the 33-year-old. “Trying to figure out who you are and what makes you happy is all part of the journey of life. The idea that it will ever be smooth sailing will probably never happen.”
Hooking up with Bon Iver has allowed Kathleen to connect with a whole new audience and, of course, find new romance.
“Justin was able to articulate my ideas,” Kathleen smiles. “And touring has been a fun time, particularly in the UK where there was lots of young kids. Bon Iver’s music makes me feel optimistic about the future.”