The Canadian Songwriter Challenge project pairs PEI songwriters with peers from across Canada to collaborate and co-write, culminating with presentations of the collaborations to delegates in an exclusive Listening Session.
Peter Willie Youngtree’s mixing of old folk and country motifs with modern sounds, combined with his contemplative lyrics, has earned him comparisons to Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, and Eric Bachmann. Brought up in a family of Newfoundland folk musicians, Youngtree was steeped with musical and lyrical sense, and also with a sense of justice that still informs his writing. Since the release of his award-winning debut album “Country Hymns” (MusicNL Country Recording of the Year, 2016), Youngtree has toured eastern Canada extensively. Highlights include sharing the stage with with modern folk icon Jennifer Castle and showcasing on the Country/Blues Stage at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards. In addition to topping Earshot! Top 30 charts from coast to coast, “Country Hymns” earned high praise from Overcast Magazine as one of the best Newfoundland albums of the year and was long-listed for the Borealis Music Prize. Together with his backing band, The Blooms, Peter Willie Youngtree is now recording his second album with producer Chris Kirby for release in Spring 2018.