“This is no mere jingly Christmas album, but a deep and beautiful recovery of the season of advent, of the darkness and longing that come before, and give their depth, to joy.”
Malcolm Guite, author of Faith, Hope and Poetry / Ashgate Press, Cambridge, UK
Co-produced by Doc Walker’s Murray Pulver, and drawing from the deep pool of Canadian, veteran musicianship, Keening is a superbly crafted, elegant offering befitting an artist with 16 albums (well over 300,000 sold) and numerous awards, including two JUNOs and multiple Prairie and Western Canadian Music awards.
Consistent with previous projects is Steve’s richly melodic song-craft, sonorous tenor vocals and percussive, finger-style guitar.
Unique to this project is the evidence of Steve’s lyric collaboration and friendship with the celebrated English poet, Malcolm Guite, whose generous contribution elevates Keening to a level of imaginative insight rarely offered in the popular music idiom.
Cutting a wide stylistic swath from acoustic roots to symphonic heights, Keening for the Dawn reanimates the rich currents of meaning underneath the tradition of Christmas.