2017 KERRVILLE NEW FOLK WINNER Texas
2016 FOLK MUSIC ONTARIO OFFICIAL SHOWCASE ARTIST Ontario
2015 BC MUSICIAN MAGAZINE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR British Columbia
Just your run of the mill, post-structuralist cowgirl Americana...
Winona Wilde is the honky-tonk name of Iraqi-Canadian songwriter Noosa Al-Sarraj.
For the past four years she has been travelling solo, troubadour-styles, adapting to hostile road life like a burly camel in the desert.
Folk Music, & Mystery, as the saying goes... But the time has come to lay down these world-weary wisdoms, these hard worn gems, in the form of her third musical offering to the world.
May the lady present her third album, Wasted Time, to be released in Fall, 2017.
Recorded in Toronto over a handful of sessions, the core of the album was recorded live on guitar/ piano and with Alan Mackie on bass. The landscape of sound was then filled out by guest artists, who wind through the fabric of the songs like homespun yarn from the spool of touring musicians Al-Sarraj has collected over the years. Sarah Jane Scouten, Naomi Shore & Lindsay Pratt (Twin Peaks), Sean Conway, Elise Boeur, Ahn Phung and Dan Whitener (Gangstagrass) all dot the landscape of this 37 minute long hobo's vision.
"Winona Wilde is champion of the underdog, a blue collar heroine.
Demigod of the downtrodden, she calls us all in, together, and using the precision of her well honed voice and her captivating charm, she opens us up and shows us what we're made of. Messy and sparkling we get to leave the theatre together, intact, illuminated and staring our humanity in the face. "
-Verses Festival of Words (Vancouver, BC)
"Winona Wilde don't mind looking truth in the eye, she stares it down and then paints it
out loud with the sweetness and depth of a deep brown sugar."
-CFUR 88.7 FM (Prince George, BC)
"John Prine with a Ph.D. in Dorothy Parker."
-Sandy Irvin, Folkus Concert Series (Almonte, ON)
“We’re talking some sultry, alt-country blues.”
- Mark Anthony Brennan, Ride The Tempo (Canadian Music Blog)
-CBC Radio One, Bandwidth (Ottawa, ON)