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Live shows


"Just a word to thank you once again for a stellar performance last night at the Tilted Steeple. People were just raving about your set, which was finely crafted, exquisitely performed and highly entertaining (also quite naughty)."

- Isabelle Delage

"LIBBY & CAL: I saw this folk/roots duo last night at The Red Bird Live and they blew me away. Libby Hortop plays the autoharp while Cal plays a twelve-string guitar. Their original songs feel traditional and modern all rolled into one, their lyrics are heartfelt, witty and full of double-entendres and their harmonies are as tight as those of The Everly Brothers! What a delight to discover their music in a live setting! Don’t miss a chance to see this band when they play in your city!"

- Suzanne Nuttall

If You've Given Up on Love, Then Let's Call it Something Else

“Really strong, unsentimental songwriting (mostly by Libby Hortop) that is very refreshing; sometimes surprising, sometimes funny and on this album, engaged in exploring alternate ways of conducting relationships. Great singing and imaginative harmonising that is always compelling in its own right. And is there any other duo in this world that uses autoharp and 12 string guitar? I think not. Libby and Cal unswervingly do their own thing and it is great."

- James Stephens

“A new album by Ottawa-based folk duo Libby & Cal is reshaping the musical conversation around love. Released on Oct. 29, If You’ve Given Up on Love, then Let’s Call It Something Else explores “alternative” forms of love. The duo sings about non-monogamy, LGBTQ+ representation, and unhappy relationships.”

- Zenith Wolfe, Kitchissippi Times

“Excellent album I picked up last Bandcamp Friday: a baker's dozen of fresh takes on love and lust, with a cool sonic palette and cunning linguistic touches aplenty. They had me at the idea of pairing auto-harp with 12-string, but the songs are as individual as the choice of instruments, and hold together as An Album rather than just an assortment of songs... “

- Patrick Hutchinson

“Great job on the album! Up on a Hill could have been written 500 years ago (or in 500 years) and would still be a contemporary classic… Great harmonies. They unfold with such ease and really interesting ways.”

- Jay Williams

Our Lady of Perpetual Hammer

"We don't usually think of a 12 string guitar and autoharp as being natural pals, but the combined solo and harmony voices with these not usually paired instruments is effective and even haunting... It is interesting material, vocally, compositionally, and instrumentally."

- Nan Bovingdon


"These lyrics slay me and the harmonies make it a pretty kind of slaying."

- rorie kelly

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