Naming the Twins is the Nova Scotia based, harmony rich guy-gal duo of Robbie Smith and Kath Glauser whose vocal blendings 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. Their original material maintains the tradition of Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.
Their energy, casual banter, wide variety of song styles and remarkably well matched voices captivate audiences wherever they perform. Their presentations are well balanced with thoughtful ballads and toe-tappin’ numbers, transporting the listener with lyrical imagery and sweet harmonies.
Robbie Smith has been a songwriter, singer and player of instruments all his life. From an early age, through the windows of his scenic home outside Shelburne Nova Scotia, his imagination took flight gathering scenes and circumstances which flowed back through his pen and onto the page.
His truly inspired lyrics capture the essence of life lived by and on the sea and the attention of Roger Whitaker who recorded four of Smith’s songs. Robbie has also shared the stage with Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron and recorded several albums of his own.
In 2008, after years of being a solo artist, Robbie was taken with the voice of an acquaintance and knew he had found his vocal soul mate – a special blend that some performers never find.
From the beginning, Kath Glauser brought her clear natural folky harmonies, organizational skills and engaging stage presence to the table and has since added lead vocals, guitar and mandolin. Recently she helped write 3 of the songs on their latest album, “Turn Styles”.
“The love that The Twins have for their music, their heritage, and their audience comes through in every song they sing and tale they tell.”
– Jay Pilzer, author of 6 String Nation, & The Fans Went Wild, Nashville, TN
“Absolutely terrific!! Head and shoulders with the greats of the folk era, PP&M included! Fantastic guitar, melody, harmony, lyrics, beat, and wonderful voices all coming together to make REAL MUSIC ! Rare and wonderful!!!”
– Beth Mowry, Savannah, GA
“Naming the Twin is bright, breezy and delightful. Their sound is wonderful…reminiscent of the best folk duos of the 60’s and 70’s.”
– Bob Sherman, host of the long-running ” WOODYS CHILDREN, now in it’s 45th consecutive year on the air
Naming The Twins now has three full-length CDs.
“Sweet Transitions” (2010)
Produced by Paul Mills (Curly Boy Stubbs) this recording offers up a lush selection of truly original acoustic folk songs in a wide variety of styles from retro to renaissance, from dixieland to modern all with carefully crafted lyrics, singable melodies and fresh guy/gal harmonies.
“Drifters and Dreamers” (2013)
Their 2nd release features all original folk songs with a Canadiana – Americana theme, taking the listener from the wild seas off the coast of Newfoundland to the deep south of the USA. Drifters & Dreamers was chosen as CD of the Week on the long running folk show “The Midnight Special”, reached # 4 on the national !earshot folk-roots chart, and singled out as Pick of the Week by the Chronicle Herald.
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“Turn Styles” (2016)
True to its title, this is where Naming the Twins really let loose trying their hands and tonsils on just about every genre they can think of – from folk to pop to rockabilly to country. At the heart of each song are acoustic guitars but a good number of the songs are dressed up and ready to hit the town. Be prepared to go on a series of musical vacations – including exploring original folk melodies the Twins are noted for.
What’s happening next for The Twins?
Kath & Robbie are excited to be releasing their first single from their upcoming “all original” Winter/Christmas CD “Sing the Winter Away”.
“One Storm From Home” is available wherever you purchase your music online and if you are a dj wanting to take it for a spin, please email us. As befits a folk act from the Atlantic shores of Nova Scotia, “One Storm From Home” is a gorgeous seafaring ballad, so timeless it sounds like it’s been around forever. The quiet verses and rousing choruses of its captivating melody ride the duo’s close harmonies, well-rooted piano, and earthy accordion fills, to create a homeward-bound anthem that’s worthy of comparison to the immortal Stan Rogers’ “Mary Ellen Carter.” An irresistible singalong.
Slated for an industry release date of November 9, “Sing the Winter Away” was produced by Estelle Klein Award winner Bill Garrett with Tom Leighton on keys and John Geggie on bass.
Naming the Twins is Robbie Smith & Kath Glauser