Naming the Twins is the harmonizing duo of Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser, whose well-matched voices sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night off, a bit like Gordon Lightfoot or Stan Rogers if they had had a girl harmonizer.
They have just released their second album featuring all original folk songs with a Canadiana – Americana theme, distinctive guy-gal harmonies, and a supportive array of acoustic instruments.
On “Drifters and Dreamers”, the listener’s AdventuRing will take them from the wild seas aboard a whaling vessel off the coast of Newfoundland, drifting on a memory-filled river journey on the Old Missouri, to working in a quarry in the hot deep-southern sun, to a tropical paradise with dolphins smoothly emerging from an inviting sea. There are many stops in between where a soldier finds comfort in a sad woman’s love, lovers are re-united near a desert plain, a streetsweeper takes pride in his work, and seagulls create breezes on calm waters with their wings.
All 13 tracks from their first album, “Sweet Transitions” (produced by Paul Mills) received healthy airplay on programs such as The Midnight Special syndicated throughout the US, the Spider Robinson Podcast, Atlantic Airwaves on CBC, Woody’s Children NY, etc.
– grew up in a very musical family – first instrument was violin – wanted in on the songwriting action, began honing his craft at age 9 – now the songwriter and arranger for the duo
– plays guitars and other stringed instruments with a style all his own
– performed over the years with many others then found a surprisingly tight vocal match with Kath
– discovered her voice later in life, along with a natural ability to harmonize
– has a very busy day job running her own restaurant
– is the organizer, the manager, the “gig-getter” of the duo