Media Buzz about Carolyn Fe Blues Collective
2015 Filipino-Canadian Artist Award recipient, North American Filipino Star Newspaper (Canada)
2015 Nominated Best Blues & Associated Styles for "Bad Taboo", Le Lys Blues (Qc, Canada)
2014 Jimi Award for International Release of the Year for "Bad Taboo", Blues 411 (USA)
2014 Bad Taboo, #8 on The Blind Lemon Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums of 2014 (NL & Labrador, Canada)
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 Nominee for Best Female Singer by Le Lys Blues (Qc, Canada)

2013 Nominee for Best Musical Performance by Le Lys Blues (Qc, Canada)

2012 Award for Best Album & Associated Styles for "Original Sin", Le Lys Blues (Qc, Canada)

2012 Original Sin, #7 on The Blind Lemon Blues Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums of 2012 (NL & Labrador, Canada)

Third album, Bad Taboo (released May 2014), featuring Shun Kikuta & Guy Belanger charting in Canada and USA

"Highly acclaimed Carolyn Fe Blues Collective is one of the best rising blues acts to come from the Quebec blues scene over the past few years. With high energy performances and stunning original songs that are charting in the top ten on blues radio, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective is a must see! Simply Superb!" - Patricia Lever, radio host on DAWG-FM, Canada's first and only commercial blues radio station.

"Carolyn Fe does it right. She just "gets it". Exciting performer who really knows how to engage a crowd and what a terrific band she has! Can't wait to bring her back" - Ross Robinson, Producer, Bluesin'Toronto (Canada)

"There’s surpassing your goal, and then, as Montreal blues singer Carolyn Fe can happily attest to, there’s rocketing into a different postal code of expectational together...But make no mistake: the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective...is a full team effort, all hands on deck and no two characters alike. They spring from different musical tastes and traditions but meet at the blues, which may account for why Bad Taboo, like Original Sin, indulges in such a broad range of styles within the blues paradigm.” - Jamie O'Meara, The Montreal Gazette (Canada)

"Original est ici le mot-clé. Carolyn Fe propose ses propres compositions sur Bad Taboo, ce qui n’est pas si courant dans un genre où il est tellement plus facile de reprendre des standards de Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters ou autres Big Mama Thornton. Fe verse dans le blues, donc, mais on parle ici d’un blues contemporain, aux palettes de couleurs élargies, dont les influences et les clins d’œil à diverses époques sont perceptibles, sans jamais sacrifier le présent.” - Philippe Rezzonico, Rue Rezzonico

Bad Taboo : Carolyn Fe dégage de l’atmosphère du groove, de la drive! Son blues sonne vrai, feel vrai, groundé dans ses expériences de vie.  La musique est engagée, thrillante! …elle évolue dans le blues … connectée et exprime tout naturellement les pérégrinations auxquelles on peut, significativement, s’identifier dans leurs déclinaisions et stules distinctifs colorés! Carolyn Fe Blues Collective démontrent une qualité d’artiste qui s’exprime de façon variée et appréciable! – Pierre Jobin, Mag@zine TED (Tendances Électronique & Design)

Montreal, Canada based Filipino chanteuse Carolyn Fe and her excellent band...made very evident why they have garnered so much acclaim in their hometown. She is not of the blues shouter variety of female blues singers that is often found in blues outfits...there is kind of an aloofness in her “matter-of-fact” delivery, it possesses a definite authority. Combined with the clever lyrics... all original songs every gels to create a powerful album. Guitarist Rami Cassab has a fluid, seamless, energetic and enthusiastic style that propels the songs. Keyboardist Tim Alleyne is cut from the same cloth. The rhythm section of Oisin Little and Dan Legault on bass and drums respectively lay down solid support. Dan also does double duty...for the superior recording and mixing of the proceedings. The sound quality is right on the mark...might be what Debbie Harry and Blondie would sound like if they were a blues band. New Wave energy and nasty slide guitar...A Canadian-based band rises once more to energize the state of modern blues. Carolyn Fe’s vocal delivery is a presence to be reckoned with. And “Boy Howdy!” Rami Cassab burn up the strings in style. This group of musicians deserve all the praise heaped on them by the Canadian press. This one is well worth a listen by any discerning blues fan. - Greg "Bulldong" Szalony, Blues Blast Magazine (USA)

"The band becomes evolutionary with it's blues fingerprint. They offer a refreshing twist on a worn out old musical trope.” - Cashbox Canada Magazine

"This aint your grandfather's blues. "Origian Sin" was certainly the break out album for Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, and with "Bad Taboo" we see that they have absolutely lived up to their future expectations. "Original Sin" won a wheelbarrow full of accolades and awards, and as far as I am concerned "Bad Taboo" should surely do that and more as I truly believe it is their best work to date.  (Original Sin) was not only Fun, Witty, Creative, & New, ... it was also very Refreshing...Carolyn Fe Blues Collective were not ones to stay inside the box when dealing with the Blues, it is extremely Original...one musical adventure after the other and an album that was not only hypnotic, but also addictive in nature, something that I have not gotten from an album, in a long long time... I enthusiastically give my highest rating of 5***** (Original Sin &  Bad Taboo). I continue to thoroughly enjoy and highly recommend.” More on Bad Taboo by John Vermilyea - Blues Underground, The Blues Report (BC, Canada)

"Carolyn Fe is a character and a half; a fringe artist that deserves the spotlight wherever she walks. Carolyn’s charm is only accented by her versatility. The unequivocal triple threat, Carolyn combines the art of music, and theater, all within the cloud of the Blues." - Rik Roe, The Examiner.com 

"This is an excellent example of the evolution of blues music. Music, like all species of living things evolve in different ways. This recording has most of the clues of a contemporary blues band. It has a different sound and that's what evolution is all about. If you want to look down a different path of the blues ... and I always advise that... here's one to try." - Bman - Bman's Blues Report (USA)

I love it (Bad Taboo) and everything you do. What a refreshing take on the genre(s).  - Steve Hamilton, Host of Fresh Roots - New Blues at WNRN FM, Charlottesville, Virginia (USA)

Pour faire suite à Original Sin qui a remporté le Lys Blues du meilleur album blues et styles associés en 2012, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective nous offre son troisième album, Bad Taboo. Le groupe a uni ses efforts de création puisque les 13 chansons de l’album sont des compositions d’un ou plusieurs musiciens avec Carolyn Fe Trinidad. Dès la première écoute on apprécie la qualité du son et des arrangements ainsi que la voix chaude de Carolyn Fe. Bad Taboo, la chanson titre, est un bijou avec la voix d’accompagnement de Carol Schumph et la guitare de Shun Kikuta (Koko Taylor), surnommé le BB King asiatique par BB King lui-même. - Celine Lajoie, Blog de Tatie Blues, Le Blues du Quebec, Le Blues Musique

"Bad Taboo" opent het album met 1"All About Them", dat door de zang van Carolyn, het geweldig gitaarwerk van Rami Cassab en de grooves van Tim Alleyne op keys, een heel genietbaar nummer wordt. Dan Legault (drums) en Oisin Little (bas) houden het allemaal samen met hun ijzersterke ritme. De tracks waar mondharmonicaspeler Guy Bélanger op mee speelt 4"Life's Just That Good" en 12"Whole Lotsa Trouble", zijn de tracks met mondharmonica partijen om de harp / vingers van af te likken. 12"Whole Lotsa Trouble" is een meer rustige akoestische track, waarin de zang van Carolyn centraal staat. De drum beat contrasteert hier heel subtiel met de harmonica van Bélanger. Titel song 3“Bad Taboo” met gitarist Shun Kikuta is een rustig R&B nummer, met enkele mooi uitgesponnen solo’s van Kikuta en de backings van Carol Shumph. Dan is er ook het donkere 7”Bad Thing”, waar Jason Luc Murphy de sax partij verzorgt, naast de obscure, leidende bas van Oisin Little. De sfeer zit er goed in met het rustige 10”Promised” en 1”Watching You”, dat de deuren groot open zet voor de orgel grooves van Tim Alleyne en de solo’s van gitarist Rami Cassab. Het album sluit af met 13”Not Worth The Show”, een van de zeldzame uptempo blues rockers. Na "Original Sin" doet Carolyn Fe en haar “Blues Collective” met "Bad Taboo" een grote stap voorwaarts. "Bad Taboo" zal het m.i. nog beter doen en bevestigen wat velen verwachtten. - Eric Schuurmans, rootstime.be (Belgium)

"Il vous fera découvrir différents styles de musique blues qui nous montre l’étendu du talent du Carolyn Fe Blues Collective qui sait nous divertir autant sur disque qu’en spectacle. Avec BAD TABOO, laissez-vous séduire par Carolyn Fe qui nous montre qu’avec le blues certains tabous sont parfois permis...” - Le Net Blues (Quebec, Canada)

"Da wird heftig abgerechnet mit miesen Mitmenschen (großartig allein so eine Zeile aus "Rant": “You’re just one of Satan’s Army brats”). Da gibt's Bezüge zur Bibel (nicht nur zur Erbsünde und den Apfel sondern auch zur Offenbarung des Johannes), Und überhaupt gibt es für den Blues ja von früh bis spät Gründe. Doch Carolyn Fe ist keine der Blueser, die ihren Kopf hängenlässt und weint, sondern eine die wie Big Mama Thornton ihren Blues herausbellt und schreit, wenn es nötig ist." - Wasser-Prawda (Germany)

“Carolyn Fe Blues Collective's "Original Sin" makes the 2011 Blues 411 Jimi Awards list for Best international Release. International Release of the Year: Ana Popovic – Unconditional Sunday Wilde – What Man ? Oh That Man! ! ! Ian Siegal & The Youngest Sons – The Skinny Carolyn Fe – Original Sin Shelley Hardinge- Reclaim Your Land Todd Sharpeville – Porchlight” - Blues 411 - Blues 411

“Carolyn Fe ... offers up 2 solid, straight-up “1-4-5” blues...But just as the listener gets a feel for the sound & original songs...they do a bait and switch...becomes evolutionary with its blues fingerprint applied to several other styles. “Baby Bye Bye”...a Patsy Cline rockabilly turn...“Let’s Soar”...a tribal Ted Nugent married to Allman Brothers’ groove. “Devil’s Food”..a fun TexiCali party blast...short of a Tijuana joy ride!..the band excels and vocals shine with the three variations on Swamp Boogie blues. “Some More” answers the question ‘What if Bif Naked let her blues flag fly?’ “Don’t Be So Sad” recalls the kings of Canadian dirty blues: McKenna-Mendelson Mainline. The true outstanding track on the album is “Rant”...slows down ZZTop’s excesses & ads a diatribe of Fe’s personal dislikes, a la Tom Petty..features one of the best catchphrases heard in a song in ages: "You're just one of Satan's Army brats"..refreshing..!” - Jaimie Vernon - Cashbox Canada

"Carolyn Fe seduced many thousands of listeners to my radio program, The Black Cat Alley. Rarely have I experienced such a positive, instant reaction from listeners to a song or new voice.  Ms. Fe commands the song's tension with grace and power, like one of the grandes dames of the blues."  - Randy Renaud (CHOM FM 99.9, Montreal) Radio Host: The Black Cat Alley & The Randy Renaud Show

“Over the years I’ve interviewed many of the blues greats from Lucky Peterson to Bonnie Raitt and BB King to James Cotton, and seen so many of the legendary old-timers perform live: Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bobby Bland, Big Mama Thornton, this list goes on. And lemme tell you, Carolyn Fe is the real deal. Her song The Curse is one of the nastiest blues songs ever written.... ” - Richard Burnett - The Montreal Gazette

“12 pièces originales..Carolyn signe tous les textes. À la 1ère ORIGINAL SIN, le band pulvérise le déjà entendu avec une nouvelle approche..De couleur acoustique..jusqu’à l’implosion électrique & sans compromis..cette pièce symbolise parfaitement le chemin parcouru de cette auteure. BABY BYE BYE..du Rock&Roll avec Carolyn qui pousse sur l’accélérateur & ses musiciens qui lui donnent la réplique. Une des plus remarquables pièces de cet opus,YOU & ME & THE BLUES, 6 minutes de blues torride, un amalgame de voix sensuelle, de guitare quasi érotique & un solo d’orgue B3, instrument presque essentiel à cet univers de blues. SOME MORE..dans la veine des Bonamassa..élargi encore plus ce produit à d’autre facette..Carolyne Fe (s'est) bien amusée à produire ORIGINAL SIN. Elle croque dans la vie tout comme dans la pomme de la pochette aux allures de la nouvelle mode vampire..Cet opus commande la réécoute afin d’y remarquer d’avantage toutes les subtilités & l’” - Rejean Nadon - Le Net Blues

“..des (compos) orientées en direction de la face la plus sombre du blues..mais également un retour vers les racines..que Carolyn Fe..choisi de faire en retrouvant les sonorités roots & sales du delta & en les remettant au goût du jour avec des arrangements intelligemment trouvés. Rompue à l’exercice de la scène, Carolyn a adopté le ton le plus juste pour que son album sonne de façon brute & spontanée, s’attachant à chaque instant à mettre un max de force dans son chant mais (sans) de laisser à ses complices le soin de s’exprimer..un sens particulier du jeu collectif conduiront l’auditeur à succomber instantanément à des morceaux comme «Broken String»«You & Me & The Blues»«Rant»ou«Bow Wow» qui,.., contribuent à faire de cet «Original Sin» un très grand moment de blues capable de convaincre un public très large grâce à une voix chaude et racée..une pointe d’inventivité pour l’adapter à sa propre personnalité..Carolyn est à n’en point dout” - Fred Delforge - Zicazic: Zicazine (France)

“Carolyn Fe is a Montreal-based blues singer who performs with all the heart and soul of this deep-rooted musical form. Drawing from the past with a modern, bold and sensual style, Carolyn's powerful vocals match the intensity of her well-crafted lyrics. Graeme McDonald, CJIM, Montreal's Real Rock Station ” - Graeme McDonald, CJIM, Montreal's Real Rock Station

“Carolyn is a true blues artist like they used to be….she is completely dedicated to the blues and her career. That is been reflected in her music. 100% Carolyn pure blues artists! Yves Trottier, Program Director 101.9 DAWG FM (Ottawa) ” - Yves Trottier, Program Director 101.9 DAWG FM

“The multi-talented Carolyn Fe – professional dancer, actor, director and choreographer – is also a musician, singer and songwriter who loves to push the envelope. An innovator who has been influenced by a wide range of musical styles, all tempered by the blues, the artist recently released an impressive EP called 100%. Look out – with the launch of her follow-up album, Carolyn Fe just might turn out to be Canada’s “next big thing”! Brant Zwicker, Station Manager: CFBX 92.5 FM (British Columbia, Canada)& Host of Syndicated Radio show: At The Crossroads Blues Radio ” - Brant Zwicker, CFBX 92.5 FM (British Columbia, Canada)& Host: At the Crossroads

“Hosting my radio show for the 11th year, I’m always looking for the best new artists that can surprise me and give me once again the pleasure of doing this job for the blues fans around. One day, I received a 4 songs CD from this lady and that was it! Carolyn Fe is among the blues women that we are looking for…Keep both of your eyes on her! Michel Rochette, 10,000 Blues Show Quebec City’s spirit of the blues CKIA-FM 88,3 ” - Michel Rochette, 10000 Blues Show Quebec City's Spirit of the Blues CKIA-FM 88,3

“Sometimes you come across a hyphenate and you think “Jack of All Trades, master of none.” This is definitely not the case with Carolyn Fe. She is a talented, multilingual singer-writer-director-actress-social activist (count the hyphens) and she does them all well! Whatever she touches spells “success!” - Peter Anthony Holder Host: The Stuph File Program and Global TV News Anchor

“J’aimerais par la présente souligner le merveilleux talent de Carolyn Fe qui depuis plus d’un an charme avec sa magnifique voix l’auditoire de l’émission Montréal en blues. Son parcours artistique et professionnel est impressionnant et mérite une attention toute particulière de la part des différents intervenants culturels de l’industrie du disque et du spectacle. Je lui souhaite le plus grand succès dans sa carrière et la recommande sans hésitation pour toutes formes d’aides pouvant lui permettre de poursuivre son cheminement artistique. Régent Martin: Animateur de l’émission Montréal en blues.Radio-Montréal CIBL 101.5 FM ” - Régent Martin: Radio-Montréal CIBL 101.5 FM

“Let me say how much I love how the lyrics and musical arrangements are used to convey with subtlety and class, a clear message of raw emotion and sensuality that only a woman can experience. "The curse" really caught my attention due to its blatant and obvious anger. It's like the theme song for anyone who has been scorned by love. Well done! "Mocha Cream Pie" is self explanatory, and "Indigo Heat" has me all fired up! I can’t wait to see what Carolyn will come up with next. I can guarantee it won’t be disappointing! Darragh Hemmings, The Double D Show www.mohawk-radio.com ” - Darragh Hemmings, Host: The Double D Show at mohawk-radio.com

“Carolyn Fe is one of the most vibrant and talented musician/entertainers on scene today. She have proven without a doubt her music is relevant and timeless. Certainly a person you must see “LIVE” and on your iPod. Hiio Kirby, Radio Morning Show Host Www.Mohawk-Radio.com ” - Hiio Kirby, Radio Morning Show Host, Mohawk-Radio.com

“Chanteuse Énérgique! ” - Dan Berhman, Former Host of CBC Radio Espace Musique