Break-ups, breakthroughs with Madison Violet

Madison VioletBY JESS MCAVOY

If the Indigo Girls and Lucinda Williams had a lovechild (or two), and they were Canadian, they would be Madison Violet. This lesbian folk duo has gained a solid following over the past few years, touring constantly across North America, Australia and Europe. They have also bagged some serious awards including the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their track “The Ransom,” they also took home the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, were nominated for six East Coast Music Awards and a 2010 JUNO (Canada’s music awards) Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group). But let’s take it back to The Green Room in Toronto, 1999. Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac, then strangers working in separate musical projects, got to talking about their lineage, only to discover that not only did they know each other’s families, but their fathers sat together in high school. They began a musical and personal partnership and while their intimate relationship of 10 years recently ended, they continue their professional relationship. Their latest album, “The Good in Goodbye,” is a heartfelt journey of their lives together and apart.

How you met is such a great story. I love it when the universe puts people together in a random way.

Brenley: Put us together to drive us nuts.

Lisa: You got that right!

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