Smokey and dangerous acid-folk, sweet’n salty old-tyme country, funk-fused blues-rock, Laurie Sarkadi’s genre-bending songs tell stories about place, politics and desire that aim to make you think and sway.

The Yellowknife singer-songwriter who fronted the popular dance band “Wake Up Hazel” had planned to launch her debut EP Middle World at the 2020, 40th anniversary Folk on the Rocks music festival, until the global crisis intervened. Fingers are crossed for a live performance next summer.

Produced by Marc Ganetakos – a Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist whose mad guitar skills have accompanied the likes of Nellie Furtado and Ashley MacIsaac – Middle World is designed to be a companion to Laurie’s northern bestselling memoir Voice in the Wild, which like her songs, speaks to the need for enduring relationships with the natural world and one another.