Melwood Cutlery


Melwood Cutlery is a Canadian roots performer who parlays bluesy rock and country inspired music. He's played festivals and venues across Canada and the US, from Dawson City, Yukon to Austin, Texas. Drawing on three decades of wide ranging influence, his lyrics and the stories they tell cover a lot of territory – from his Ottawa Valley roots to the ancestral “Hills of Aberdeen”. Melwood has an astonishing voice, both deep and tenor, often utilizing falsetto in his own inimitable style. In addition he has been known to yodel or scat as the occasion demands.

Writing most of his own material, Melwood Cutlery plays guitar, piano, and harmonica, (and a bit of mandolin) both in his appearances as a solo artist and as the frontman for his band, “The Fashion Plates” featuring Fred Guignon, guitar, dobro and lap steel.  

Melwoods' music features a sprinkling of blues and a pinch of jazz, offering cheeky songs such as “Moonlight Motel” (“everybody has something to sell”), the powerful imagery of “Aeroplane”, his ode to 911, and social commentary in his take on the trials of “Walkerton” and "Hagersville".  

Melwood Cutlery has released five plus recordings; “Imagination Shine your Light on Me" 1988, a collection of pop/rock songs that caught the attention of campus radio stations at home and in Europe, “Overstepping the Boundaries” 1995, recorded with Vezi Tayyeb and his Toronto band at Kensington Sound Studios, followed by, “If It Rains” 2001, Metalworks in Toronto with Ken Myhr, a four star Globe & Mail review describes “a beautiful voice and powerful songwriting” and 2005's “Campfire” recorded in Ottawa at Little Bullhorn Studios, a song from that album “Ballad of the Moonlight Lady” received an OCFF “Songs from the Heart” award. and his latest "Home in the Country" 2013, which includes "Alida" (his ode to a local barmaid) which prompted, “the hippest songwriter around” from David Francey, Scottish Canadian singer songwriter. .

Coming soon, "Live at the Blacksheep Inn" with Fred Guignion and Dan Whiteley. plus a GREATEST HITS package on vinyl.