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Tracy lives on Jolliffe Island, Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, where she has made her home for over 30 years. She is a multi-talented musician who plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, hand drums and bass. She is known as a superb singer/songwriter and entertainer with a rich, soulful voice. Her roots are folk with overtones of funk, blues and jazz, which she delivers with her unique percussive style. Just imagine a spontaneous kitchen party joined by the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Ellen McIlwaine, Neil Young and James Brown and you can get an idea of what it is like to see and hear Tracy perform. Her audiences are captivated by her energetic passion for music.Whether performing an original or her interpretation of a classic ‘crowd pleaser’, Tracy leaves her trademark charismatic and rhythmic signature all over it. Her off-grid personality and rustic humor are the results of living most of her life on a northern island with no amenities. This woman knows how to make magic happen no matter where she plays or what the situation.
Tracy has performed at festivals and concerts all across Canada and the United States, from Arviat to Beverly Hills as well as appearing on CBC radio’s The Vinyl Café, Madly Off In All Directions, Peter Gzowski’s Morningside and The Vicki Gabereau Show. Tracy has performed with a variety of musicians such as Ellen McIlwaine, Heather Bishop, Leela Gilday, Tanya Tagaq, Odetta, KD Lang, Connie Kaldor, Ferron, Pat Braden, Diga, Valdy and Rita McNeil to name a few. Tracy has also opened for Crash Test Dummies, The Rankin Family and April Wine. Tracy recently completed tours of Vancouver Island and Interior BC, in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014, with the talented singer/songwriter Brodie Dawson as well as the fall of 2014 with violinist extraordinaire Blaine Dunaway.
Tracy Riley Short Bio – 2015
The multi-talented Tracy Riley, who hails from Yellowknife, NT, has been beguiling audiences across North America for years with her soulful rich voice and off-grid humor. She leaves her trademark charismatic and percussive signature everywhere she goes.
Whether performing on radio, on stage, or in the concert hall, Ms. Riley has kept company with some of the best; a list which includes but no limited to: Odetta, K.D. Lang, Connie Kaldor and Ellen McIlwaine.
Don’t miss an opportunity to experience this woman who is guaranteed to fix what’s broke and even some things that aren’t.