The Brilliant Martyn Joseph from Wales is Coming to Kingston on Sept. 6th!

Martyn JosephMARTYN JOSEPH

From Wales to Canada

Hi friends, neighbours and music lovers! I’m thrilled to help Al Rankin announce that the brilliant Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph will be coming to Sydenham Street United Church in less than three weeks from now. They are going to use the newly renovated concert hall upstairs, a beautiful 200 seat space that will be the perfect venue for a very special performer. Proceeds from the concert will fund peace and social justice outreach programs at the church. 

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 31 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognized with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

Martyn Joseph ~ www.martynjoseph.net
Friday, Sept. 6th, 7:30 pm

Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston, ON

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds to fund social justice outreach at SSUC

On sale now at Brian’s Record Option, 381 Princess St.
613 542-2452 for phone orders

info: alrankin@xplornet.ca   613 353-6650

Martyn Joseph is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It’s a road he’s been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, ‘you keep turning up and so will I.’

Martyn has won the love of audiences from USA to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey.

PRESS QUOTES

“Stunning, heartfelt music”

Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, October 2013

“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut”

MOJO

“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate”

Tom Robinson BBC 6 music

“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”

Q Magazine

“A profound experience”

The Boston Globe

“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”

Time Out

“Written with craft, performed with passion”

Financial Times

He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines”

Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

“Britain`s best kept secret…a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer”

MoJo 4* review

A Fort Henry Concert Series Event: The Kingston Symphony Celebrates 75 Years of Modern Music

75 Years of Modern MusicFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

A FORT HENRY CONCERT SERIES EVENT THE KINGSTON SYMPHONY CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF MODERN MUSIC 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 – 8:00pm
FORT HENRY, KINGSTON
 

Kingston, Ontario – Tickets for ‘The Kingston Symphony Celebrates 75 Years of Modern Music’ are now on-sale. A limited number of early bird discount General Admission tickets will be available at $29.99; Regular General Admission $39.99 and Premium Seating Section A (located in ­first 10 rows) $59.99. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FortHenry.com or at the Fort Henry Discovery Centre. Taxes and service charges are extra. For more information call the St. Lawrence Parks Commission Customer Service at 1-800-437-2233.

VIP Meet & Greet Packages including VIP parking, seating in the Balcony Bays and an invitation to the Post Show Party with the opportunity to meet and have a picture taken with selected symphony members, Conductor Glen Fast and the other artists will be available for $129.99. For VIP Meet and Greet Post Party Reception Packages with Conductor and Artists, please contact: Mae Finlay at OTX Events by email at m­nlay@otx.ca or call at 613.532.5997.

Symphonic melodies with a twist will ­ll the air at historic Fort Henry this summer, after a stellar ‘sold out’ performance last year by the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and guests. The Kingston Symphony returns to Fort Henry on AUGUST 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., taking guests to the next level by celebrating 75 years of Modern Music with a truly eclectic mix of six superb Canadian voices with styles ranging from pop to opera and cabaret to rock will front the Symphony.

Leading the event is last year’s show sensation Patricia O’ Callaghan, who will once again wow the crowd singing favourites from last year, as well as new selections with Symphony conductor, Glen Fast.

Ms. O’Callaghan shares her time between recording, touring and collaborating on other attention-grabbing projects including: Singing with Bryn Terfel at Roy Thompson Hall, touring with the multimedia opera ‘Constantinople’, by Christos Hatzis, to London’s Royal Opera House and recording and touring with jazz clarinettist Don Byron, in support of his Bluenote release, ‘A Fine Line’. She also has had the good fortune to appear in television shows, such as her own Bravo! Special ‘Live at the Rehearsal Hall’, the Rhombus/CBC special ‘Youkali Hotel’ and the acclaimed Ken Finkleman drama, ‘Foolish Heart’. Patricia is achieving her heart’s ambition to bring her distinctive brand of cabaret to a broad-based audience.

A ‘rock edge’ will be introduced to the program this year – Jon Harvey, lead singer of Juno Award Winning Monster Truck. Monster Truck are known for their conviction to delivering authentic hard rock tunes, now adding a Juno for ‘Best Breakthrough Group’ to their fast-growing list of accomplishments. Jon will be singing Classic Rock songs with the symphony this year; including a mouth-dropping showcase of his edgy rock vocals during the Cannon and Firework Finale.

The evening will also feature Canadian Tenor, Christopher Dallo, vowing to capture his audience with his astonishing and charming voice. At age 12, Christopher’s natural talent caught the attention of world renowned Opera Tenor, Ermanno Mauro (leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York) and major opera companies of Europe, La Scala and also in North and South America. He has won numerous Canadian awards and has performed for the Lieutenant Governor and Premier of Ontario. His performances also included other worldly dignitaries: most recently the King, Princess and Maharaja of Dipur, India and their Royal Family.

Derrick Ballard (charismatic Front man of Cobourg’s Gentlemen Husbands) will bring a new ‘vibe’ to this event. Picked up by Bernie Breen Management, Gentlemen Husbands are currently working on their 1st full length studio album assisted by multi Juno Award winning Producer, Gavin Brown. They have been hand-picked to play such festivals as Blues Fest, Cutting Edge Music Festival, SCENE Fest, Edge Fest, NXNE and CMW. Their spastic and lively sets have sent audience members into a daze! Derrick’s voice is paramount to the band’s Rock n Roll sound and consistently blows audiences away.

Kingston talent will be well represented by Emily Fennell, a familiar friend of the Fort. In the words of Rob Baker (The Tragically Hip) “Miss Emily is a truly gifted singer. Her voice is rich and soulful – she can slip from sweet and seductive to commanding and ­fierce and back again in the tradition of the ­nest blues and soul singers. And like those great and rare legendary talents she is well seasoned in the art of performance having paid more than her fair share of dues. Emily maintains a very high level of musicianship and integrity in everything she does.”

Also heralding from Kingston is Jay ‘Smitty’ Smith. Smitty is a well known and well followed local solo artist and has shared the stage with great musicians like The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox and Ambush. He has also played many shows over the past 20 years with his bands 49 STARES, Crooked Rain and the Tonekats.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mae Finlay Susan Le Clair
OTX Events.com St.Lawrence Parks Commission
m­nlay@otx.ca susan.leclair@parks.on.ca
613.532.5997 613.543.3704 x2496

http://www.forthenry.com
http://www.otxevents.com
http://www.kingstonsymphony.on.ca
http://www.patricia-ocallaghan.com
http://www.ilovemonstertruck.com
http://www.christopherdallo.com
http://www.gentlemenhusbands.com
http://www.themissemily.com
http://www.myspace.com/smittykingston

Sultans of String SYMPHONY! CD Release with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra at Koerner Hall on Dec. 1st

Sultans of String SYMPHONY! CD Release at Koerner Hall on Dec. 1, 2013Hello friends, my clients Sultans of String are thrilled to announce that advance tix are now on sale for their biggest show yet, their SYMPHONY! CD release with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.

This will take place Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. If you have not had the opportunity to see a concert at Koerner come experience this gorgeous space with this exciting show.

Koerner Hall has just announced their upcoming season and have given Sultans of String the opportunity to reach out to their fans early so you can all get great seats, starting at $25.

For those of who who have sponsored and pre-ordered albums, they are mailing them on Sept 1.  Thanks for your support!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO:  Sultans of String with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra “Symphony” CD Release Concert

WHEN:  Sunday, December 1, 2013, 7pm

WHERE:  Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

INFO/TIX:  http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/sultans-string-cathedral-bluffs-symphony-orchestra ~ Tickets start at $25

BAND WEB:  http://www.sultansofstring.com
https://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring
https://twitter.com/sultansofstring

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Sumptuous. Sizzling. Symphony!

On Sun. Dec 1, JUNO Award Nominees and 2x CFMA winners, Sultans of String, launch their dazzling orchestral CD, simply and perfectly titled, “Symphony!”, at Koerner Hall!

Kicking things off as a dynamic duo playing tiny cafes in 2007, this fiercely talented and hardworking indie act has been on a meteoric rise, with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, and now, invitations to play the world stage and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains (whose very own Paddy Moloney appears on the new “Symphony” disc!).

Known for dizzying world music jams, polyrhythms and revved up riffs, Sultans of String can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, the streets of Havana, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the majestic Arctic.

Sultans of String’s symphony Pops show was developed under the direction of luminary John Morris Russell, (Conductor-Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), and was scored by illustrious arranger/composer Rebecca Pellett (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, IMAX & Hollywood film productions, Barenaked Ladies).  They recently performed a triumphant 8 show run with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall for their Education Series, and have release concerts with SOs already scheduled into 2015.

Since their formation only 6 years ago, Sultans of String have hit #1 on world/international music charts in North America, to their quadruple 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, winning World Music Group of the Year. They also took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition out of 15,000 entries! The band has been recorded live for broadcast on BBC Television, SiriusXM in Washington DC, and CBC’s Canada Live.

With Symphony!, Sultans of String have brought the glorious and majestic sound of a full orchestra to their world music compositions, to create the ultimate crossover concert and recording. Due to the cost, orchestral CDs are rarely recorded on Canadian soil, but in such faraway places as Russia or Prague. “But our Canadian musicians are the best on the planet,” McKhool says, “so we put together an all-star orchestra comprised of our favourite players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Ballet Orchestra, all with no label support. We are super proud of what we achieved!”

Thanks to — Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, RCM, Small World Music, Long & McQuade

Sultans of String & Dominic Mancuso at Markham Theatre, Fri. Jan. 18th

JUNO Nominees 
2x Canadian Folk Music Award Winners
 
SULTANS OF STRING

Sultans of String

PLUS!

JUNO & Canadian Folk Music Award Winner
DOMINIC MANCUSO!

Dominic Mancuso

THE MARKHAM THEATRE – JANUARY 18, 8 PM

WHAT:  Two of Canada’s Critically Acclaimed World Music Acts, SULTANS OF STRING & DOMINIC MANCUSO, melt away the January freeze in a Sizzlin’ Double Bill!

WHERE:  Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham

WHEN:  Fri. Jan. 18, 8:00-10:00 pm

TIX/INFO:  $49 / $54
 905-305-7469 / 305_show@markham.ca

BAND LINKS:

http://www.sultansofstring.com
https://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring

http://www.dominicmancuso.com
http://www.sonicbids.com/dominicmancuso

TIX & CD PACKAGE GIVEAWAYS!
Available for your Listeners/Readers/Viewers

Fiery world-jazz string super-group, Sultans of String, whose new revved up CD, MOVE, just garnered the group the prestigious CFMA World Group of the Year, kick off the new year in a hot double bill with the celebrated JUNO & CFMA winner Dominic Mancuso at the Markham Theatre, Jan. 18th!

From the east coast’s Sable Island with its breathtaking wild horses, to the west coast calls of Luna the Whale, or from the silk road through Spain & the Middle East to the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, Sultans of String take audiences on a spell-binding sonic journey. Since their formation only 5 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD, “Luna”, and 2nd and JUNO-nominated offering, “Yalla Yalla!”, both hitting #1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to MOVE’s quadruple 2012 CFMA nomination, winning World Group of the Year. The latest good news is that The Chieftains have invited the Sultans to open for them this coming spring in Connecticut—exciting times for this hardworking indie band!

“Sultans of String are one of Canada’s hottest new musical exports”
Celtic Connections Festival, Scotland

“Sultans of String’s latest album seems to be hoovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed — a joyful melting pot of jazz, flamenco, folk and indeed anything else that takes their fancy.. energetic and exciting world music from a band with talent to burn. “
Maverick Magazine, UK

Dominic Mancuso is an acclaimed multilingual, songwriter and producer.  This Toronto native is defining a rich hybrid vibe, fusing the multicultural flavors of his home town with the savory sounds of his Sicilian heritage. A Juno and Canadian Folk Music award winner, Dominic’s brand of global music is “one of the most distinctive  voices in music!” (All That Jazz).  In addition to his solo work, the Toronto troubadour is a featured member of the 2009 JUNO-nominated Sicilian Jazz Project, a collective of musicians led by the renowned Michael Occhipinti. The group, hailed as ‘a masterpiece of cultural fusion’, employs an intriguing mix of Sicilian folk source material and the best elements of modern jazz, world music, funk and blues.

“The singing of Dominic Mancuso is lusty, emotive, freighted with passionate sincerity, lifted the folk tunes high up into the thrilling zone.”
Atlantic Jazz Festival

“Dominic’s voice is robust and passionate and wails in such a way as bring expressions like ‘Sicilian blues’ into mind”
Halifax Chronicle-Herald

SULTANS OF STRING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners – World Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Pushing The Boundaries
•  2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees – Producer of the Year (Chris McKhool)
•  2012 Festivals & Events-Entertainer of The Year
•  2011 Ontario Contact – Artist of the Year
•  2011 International Acoustic Music Awards Finalist – Instrumental
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist – Instrumental Album
•  2011 Independent Music Award Finalist –  World Beat Album
•  2010 JUNO Nominees – “Instrumental Album of the Year”
•  2010 International Songwriting Contest 1st Place Winners – Instrumental
•  2010 Indie Awards Nominees – Favourite World Artist/Group
•  2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner – Instrumental Group of the Year
•  2008 Festivals and Events Ontario- Best Variety Act
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Song
•  2007 Ontario Independent Music Award winner- Best Instrumental

DOMINIC MANCUSO CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

•  2012 Featured Artist in CANTABILE, with the acclaimed Art of Time Ensemble
•  2011 signed with AIM: Artists in Motion Booking Agency for Canada Representation
•  Featured member in 8 x JUNO-nominated Michael Occhipinti’s “Shine On“ John Lennon Project
•  2011 Headline act at the Semaine Italiene De Montreal
•  2011 Markham Jazz Festival
•  2011 Published in SOCAN’s Words & Music (a national industry publication)
•  2010 JUNO Award for Best World Music Album
•  2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for ‘World Music Artist’
•  2009 CBC Radio 2 recorded Mancuso’s CD launch concert to broadcast on “Canada Live”
•  2009 Toured Sicily, Italy, with The Sicilian Jazz Project and performed on Italian national television
•  2008 JUNO Award nomination — The Sicilian Jazz Project
•  2007 Performed 4 shows over 3 days at the inaugural Luminato Festival
•  2007 Showcased on CBC On Stage concert series at The Glenn Gould Theatre
•  Scored ‘Canada’s Rugged Coastal Line’, a Readers Digest documentary DVD

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466 (office)
416-846-6877 (cell)