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The Robbie Songs Project - Painter of Wintertime

Nova Voce is excited to let you know that we’ve been involved in the Robbie Songs Project, a musical homage to Nova Scotia’s  own Robbie Smith,  a prolific songwriter who performed in the folk duo Naming the Twins ( for the last eleven years of his life. To fulfill his wish to keep his music alive after his untimely passing, musical partner Kathleen Glauser embarked on an ongoing project with the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, including having 30 of Robbie Smith’s pieces arranged for choirs, set by sixteen of Canada’s best composers, including Nova Voce’s own Bryan Hermann and our conductor emeritus Terry Hurrell. 


Nova Voce, who already include several of Robbie’s songs in our repertoire (“Oh, Life!”  arranged by Byron Herman, “When the Carols Began,” and “Shipyard Shanty)  participated in the live recording of the album, performing Fran Farrell’s arrangement of Robbie’s “Painter of Wintertime.”  Listen here


You can hear the recordings on YouTube  or purchase individual songs or the album through Apple Music.

To read more, here is an article that was in the paper about this project: SaltWire E-Edition ( 

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