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About Orit Shimoni:
When Mark Rheaume, music director at CBC radio, named Orit Shimoni one of his top three Canadian artists of the year, it was in response to her debut album, Cinematic Way. Since its 2006 release, Orit, (musically known as Little Birdie), has been touring across Canada and in Europe, playing festivals, bars, cafes, show venues, house concerts and even trains.
Her second album, I Left the City Burning, charted for three months on !earshot, and was also a favourite on CKUA. With two independent Canadian albums, and in true troubadour fashion, Orit shed all semblance of a “regular” life, and has been travelling from town to town, performing and recording, in various ensembles. Touring solo, she often performs with local musicians, known and unknown, that she meets on the way. Living on couches and riding by Greyhound bus, doing her own tour bookings, and often invited to more, Little Birdie puts on diverse and engaging shows, and continues to prove her mettle and dedication to the craft and profession, as well as to her own crazy but consistently articulate, sincere and engaging art.
Her third album, Sadder Music, was written and recorded in Berlin, and is due for official release in Canada this fall.
An immensely prolific and versatile songwriter, Little Birdie is hailed for her writing, (which has been compared to that of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, among others) as well as her moving singing voice, which has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris, as well as Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Margot Timmins and Neko Case.