Native de Timmins dans le Nord de l’Ontario, cette jeune artiste à la voix riche et unique, qui invente les mélodies les plus oniriques et émouvantes, charme tout en douceur. Son folk aux inflexions de jazz évoque les anciens cabarets feutrés, les lumières tamisées et la nostalgie des confidences chuchotées. Naturelle, authentique et guitare à la main, l’artiste chante les notes de son quotidien, la poésie des intérieurs humains et la beauté de moment présent. Cette auteur-compositrice-interprète nous interpelle vivement par sa vision artistique d’une chanson française douce et spontanée. Dotée d’un charme naturel indéniable, Cindy réussit sur scène (et sur disque) à nous démontrer une confiance inébranlable en son œuvre.
Scarlett Jane – Live Review
June 24, 2012 / / Posted in issue #15, LIVE REVIEWS
When walking into Hunter’s Ale House on Thursday, June 21, there’s one thing you should be expecting, trivia. The bar was buzzing with people shouting out answers to pop culture questions about movie stars and old tv shows while the “ding” of a quarter hitting a glass cup echoed each disappointed groan.
I was there waiting for Scarlett Jane to start playing. The two front-ladies Andrea Ramdo and Cindy Doire were playing as a duet for the bar and I could tell right away that it was going to be a good night.
The audience was already energized from the trivia and the atmosphere was electric. Once Scarlett Jane took the stage they captured that energy and channeled it into their music.
From this show alone, these two women were able to encompass everything that is good about the music business and put it into their performance. The passion that they have towards their art gushed from their soulful voices and harmonic melodies and the appreciation of every fan was apparent throughout the night.
The way Ramdo and Doire interacted with their fans on stage was comforting. The two would talk to them, work off of their reactions, and made an effort to ensure that everyone was having a good time. Those interactions allowed the crowd to be affectionate towards Scarlett Jane. After every song the bar broke out in cheers and while the band was playing fans were clapping along with the beats and dancing in their seats.
One song that really made an impact on me as an audience member was one called “Black Flowers.” This song seemed to embody most of what Scarlett Jane represented that night. The beginning was steady and personal like other songs they played throughout the night but near the middle the guitar rhythms got harder and the song got a lot more energetic. Then they closed the song with a clam and peaceful sound that left the audience in chills.
Scarlett Jane looks comfortable on stage and they bring a whole new element to their music through live performance. Their personalities allow their music to connect with every audience member listening and draw them in. The themes of their songs are also represented in a way that everyone in the audience can relate to what Ramolo and Doire are singing about even if they haven’t experienced that feeling or event before.
These two ladies put on a great show, are extremely friendly, and drew in a wonderful crowd to hang out with for the night. I would definitely recommend going to see them if you ever have the chance.
By : Tamara Gravelle
Photo by : Mariah Gay
Scarlett Jane Interview
The Sault Star
By Jeffrey Ougler
June 8, 2012
‘We just hit it off instantly’
A decade ago, Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire discovered a mutual passion for prose and poetry. Now, as Scarlett Jane, the pair shares the studio, road and Toronto digs
Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire don’t dismiss the old adage about familiarity breeding contempt.
But close proximity, so far, has yielded only harmony for the singers/songwriters, who besides sharing a Toronto apartment, have joined forces as Scarlett Jane, a collaboration that has seen the pair cut a new album, whose products are now being presented to audiences via a cross-Canada tour.
“We’re sensitive to the fact that now we’re business partners and we don’t want that to conquer our friendship,” Doire said earlier this week from Medicine Hat, Alta., where the pair and their band were packing up for their next gig in Moose Jaw, Sask.
“We are definitely aware that living together, touring together, remaining friends and writing together is a whole lot of together.”
That’s why the Toronto digs will eventually become Scarlett Jane headquarters. Exclusively.
“That way, when we get home from the tour, we can say farewell for a few days,” Doire laughed.
And still remain tight.
“Luckily enough, my teammate happens to be one of my dear friends,” Ramolo said.
“We’re both been pretty schooled at touring the country and writing songs for the last number of years and successful in the indie folk scene, anyway ... making a living at it.”
The late 20-somethings dub themselves “road warriors,” each paying her dues along the blacktops of many provinces, states, countries and continents, not to mention logging serious studio hours.
Ramolo has two solo releases, while Doire has three — two of them in French, which has afforded her a following in both Quebec and Europe.
The pair met a decade ago at a tiny Toronto music venue and quickly discovered a shared passion for prose, poetry, theatrics and songs in minor keys.
They also dug blues and country, old-school soul and rock ’n’ roll.
“We just hit it off instantly,” Ramolo said.
“We shared a love for very similar genres of music, poetry ... It was, ‘(Let’s) get together and create all the time.’ ”
While still officially solo artists, the pair would book “little friendship” tours of Northern Ontario or Quebec, during which others also noticed a chemistry.
“People would hear us sing together and question why we didn’t have a band together, why we didn’t have a project where we could showcase this all the time,” Ramolo said.
Early admirers now have their wishes fulfilled.
Scarlett Jane’s first official gig was last fall at a music industry conference in Niagara Falls, Ont., and the recent fruit of their studio labour, Stranger, sees songs the two penned at retreats in Mexico and Northern Ontario, and in their downtown Toronto apartment, come to life.
“This is like taking it a step further and actually committing to a project together based on longevity,” Ramolo said.
“We’ve done that and it’s happened really quickly.”
Both are quick to concede they got by with a little help from friends once it came time to switch the mikes on.
Stranger is produced and engineered by established Canadian producer Stew Crookes (Hawksley Workman, 100 Dollars, Doug Paisley, Justin Rutledge) and features seasoned musicians, including drummer Gary Craig, who has backed such Canadian artists as Bruce Cockburn, Rick Fines and Ian Tamblyn.
For Scarlett Jane, Craig produced more than a mere back beat.
“He led the ship,” Ramolo said. “He was the backbone of our band.”
Crookes provided firm leadership, but didn’t wield absolute authority, she added.
“Cindy and I make all of the decisions,” Doire said.
“If one of us wasn’t feeling something or if both of us weren’t feeling something, we would be able to definitely, openly communicate that with the rest of the group and the producer.
“But it was very rare that that happened. Nobody wore the bossypants in the studio, not even the producer.
“There was no sort of dominating the scene. I think everything just flowed out of us and happened organically.”
The current leg of the 35-date tour that rolls through Sault Ste. Marie Friday includes a band, but the act trims down to two for the East Coast portion. Scarlett Jane winds up its travels with a July appearance at the famed Mariposa Folk Festival.
“What’s great about this project is we function really well as a duo and we can also add players and become a full band quite easily,” Doire said.
Long-time fans of each artist need not fear old solo favourites are shelved for new cuts, such as title track Stranger and Wildfire. Set lists will mine into each artist’s solo catalogues, as well as showcase tunes penned by band members, including guitarist Greg Cockerill.
“We sing everything in harmony, we do everything together,” Ramolo said.
“So this is the character that embodies Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire as Scarlett Jane.
“And that is who we become on stage.”
Jeffrey Ougler is Sault Star district/entertainment editor. He can be reached at email@example.com