Natasha Blackwood is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She is well known for her role in ECMA award-winning band Eastern Owl, and her work as a large-ensemble writer for choral and instrumental groups across Canada. Natasha’s debut solo album, “Ease Back” is a concept album that explores the stages of grief with lush arrangements, thoughtful poetry, and catchy jazz-pop writing. The album was released on March 14, 2020, on the very first day of the provincial shutdown due to COVID-19. Although the release concert and subsequent events were all cancelled, the album was released to critical acclaim and community celebration. The album went to #1 at Fred’s Records, was featured on CBC and CHMR, and received rave reviews. Natasha’s first performance of these songs was a livestream solo concert for the National Arts Centre’s #canadaperforms series in May, and this year’s Folk Fest is her very first performance with her band.