NPR logo

Sarah Harmer in Studio on World Cafe - 04/04/2006

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5320900/5323526" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Sarah Harmer: A Quieter, Folkier Turn

Sarah Harmer: A Quieter, Folkier Turn

Sarah Harmer in Studio on World Cafe - 04/04/2006

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5320900/5323526" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Set List

Songs Sarah Harmer plays for 'World Cafe':

  • "Oleander"
  • "Escarpment Blues"
  • "I am Aglow"
  • "I'm a Mountain"

Bonus Audio

'The Ring'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5320900/5323524" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

'Around This Corner'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5320900/5323522" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The title track of Sarah Harmer's I'm a Mountain was inspired by a tarot card reading, but the album as a whole has its roots in something less mercurial.

Sarah Harmer

Harmer says I'm a Mountain "was kind of a gift album for me," because of how quickly it was recorded. hide caption

toggle caption

Harmer's music used to be categorized as alt-rock. She was the artistic center of the band Weeping Tile in the '90s before going solo and releasing Songs for Clem, a tribute to her father, in 1999. That was followed by You Were Here in 2000 and All of Our Names in 2004.

On her latest album, she has drawn inspiration from country and bluegrass — and from her background growing up on a farm in Ontario, as well. One song, "Escarpment Blues," addresses a land-use battle surrounding the land where her family still lives.

The 11 tracks on I'm a Mountain display a lyrical quality that showcases Harmer's intelligent songwriting and fine musicianship. She is currently touring in Canada and will play dates on the West Coast in mid-April.

Related NPR Stories

Web Resources

Purchase Featured Music

I'm a Mountain

Purchase Music

Buy Featured Music

Album
I'm a Mountain
Artist
Sarah Harmer

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.