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Rough Guide to the Music of Canada

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Another in World Music Network's exhaustive Rough Guide to Music series, the Rough Guide to the Music of Canada is an excellent compilation of artists obscured by pop culture, like French-Canadian acts Florent Vollent and fiddler Emile Benoit, as well as those who skirt the edges (Bruce Cockburn, Natalie MacMaster), and covers ground old (Stan Rogers) and new (Matapat). From the French-Celtic styling associated with the Bretons and Acadians of Cape Breton, Newfoundland to the more western contemporary folk traditions and the influence of rock, the number of styles here are diverse but flow nicely into each other ,making for an interesting and enjoyable compilation of the diversity of Canadian music.

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