CBC Radio on Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone used to write about music. Now he writes songs. More importantly, he pens the kind of topical tunes that were the province of singer/songwriters before navel-gazing became the norm. His music is a tribute to the great artists who inspired him. ~Marc Rheaume, CBC Radio
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Roots and Rain – CHRY Review

Reviewed by Radio York, CHRY, Toronto –
There’s nothing sweeter than a wonderfully raw voice that has a unique, laid-back, authentic and honest sound which only belongs to a singer whose music can really be felt by other people. From the minute that Howard Gladstone’s blues-inspired voice flowed into my ears, followed by a stream of Canadian folk guitar picking, I was lost and found at the same time.


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Toronto Moon Magazine reviews Roots and Rain

“On Howard Gladstone’s fourth album in eight years, at least judging by the tracks from Roots and Rain that I’ve heard. I think this spiritual but often melancholy Folk and social justice balladeer has found a new groove and some fresh inspiration… His ballad “Tammy (The Wheels of Justice)” in support of a woman who was unjustly convicted of child murder based on the testimony of a discredited pathologist (included on the new disc)


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“Alt Country” reviews Roots and Rain

For me, music deals with emotions. A song should touch the heart and soul of the listener. When the music is over, you should be filled with very intense feelings. “Roots and Rain” from the Canadian songwriter Howard Gladstone does this all. Just like the three earlier CD’s: “Sunflowers light the Room” (2002), “Candles on the River” (2005) and “The Breath in the Wind” (2007) this new CD excels in subtlety and relaxation.


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Candles on the River Reviewed by Rambles

Howard Gladstone has a particular brand of folk music that’s unlike most of what I’d call great music. Though his music is more complex than a lot of folk styles, his lyrics, his voice and the slow, flowing rhythm that is consistent all the way through the CD is basically a heart-warming melody. It’s not quite as sweet as maple syrup — more like the warm burst of a blueberry when you bite into the pancake. And no matter what your station, regardless of your fears, your failures, your hopes or awards, eating a warm blueberry pancake is a fine, large human experience.


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‘Green Man Review” on Candles on the River

Howard Gladstone has a particular brand of folk music that’s unlike most of what I’d call great music. Though his music is more complex than a lot of folk styles, his lyrics, his voice and the slow, flowing rhythm that is consistent all the way through the CD is basically a heart-warming melody.


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The Band Wesite

Review by Jerry Tenenbaum Posted to The Band Website

It was just over 2 years ago that I reviewed Howard Gladstone’s first CD “Sunflowers Light The Room” in the Band Guestbook. He had just performed it at Clinton’s on Bloor St. in Toronto. It seemed appropriate to review it here. Howard had links to Robbie; and his music echoed much of what the Band and others near to the Band represented.


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The Live Music Report on Candles on the River

Howard Gladstone wrote the tunes he sings on his second album of folk/roots country songs. A one-time music reviewer, Gladstone’s songs are interesting because of his passion for musical icons, people and places that he celebrates and laments in tunes like the 8-minute “Down to The Delta,” and “Too Many Voices Gone Silent”. The CD is co-produced with Tony Quarrington who provides back-up guitar work along with various band members. The songs have the virtue of simplicity and an obvious sincerity, …  Stanley Fefferman for The Live Music...
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Folksingers For Peace

Among the many talented Folk artists who took the stage for the June 28 Folksingers For Peace concert at Mel Lastman Square was Howard Gladstone, captured in the pic below by Shirley Gibson. Sometimes overlooked because his brother Brian, who organized the inspiring and superbly run event, has such a high profile, Howard’s album Sunflowers Light The Room recently received a rave review in The Toronto Star. His group, which will include ace guitarist Tony Quarrington, performs at TO’s Blues On Bellair on Thursday July...
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Sunflowers Light the Room

Echoes of artsy 1970s psychedelic folk rock, outlaw country, Moorish modes and Dead-edged jazz pop infuse this local songwriter’s unpolished but fascinating debut with loads of retro appeal, down to his deadpan, slightly off-key Cohenesque delivery. If you heard this music in a crowded room, you’d suspect it was a lost gem from another time. –  Greg Quill, Toronto Star, June...
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Rambles Reviews Sunflowers Light the Room

Sweet, sweet words that bring thoughts of love and sunshine and gladness into the space that surrounds the music defines this CD. Howard Gladstone is a folksinger with a guitar who sounds like he enjoys life, takes the blows, but still finds much to appreciate and rejoice in.


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CD Release Concert Review

On Nov. 9 2002, Howard Gladstone debuted his new CD “Sunflowers Light The Room” for 100 guests. In a cozy room at Clinton’s on Bloor St., Mr. Gladstone introduced us to the provocatively sensitive songs of this album.

The sound in the room was superb. (Intimate shows like this remind me of why I hate the large venues and prefer this type of musical experience.). Mr. Gladstone is clearly influenced by The Band and Bob Dylan. However, he has added his own unique sensibilities to a group of very strong songs. His voice fits the songs to a tee. You know that he means it and cares about the songs and their message when you hear him perform.


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