Viking heart

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"There's a certain kind of folk music I hate," she says, but is diplomatic enough not to name names. "When artists make the music an exorcism, they turn the audience into a dumping ground. They don't entertain, they unload. You have to make it personal, but at the same time you have to keep it universal enough to serve on what I call 'the common table.' Everyone should be able to partake of it. When I was a teenager, my voice teacher told me, 'When the singer starts to cry, the audience stops crying.'"

Jane Siberry performs September 25 at Caravan of Dreams in Fort Worth. Eliza Gilkyson opens. Call (817) 429-4000.

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