Live Wire Music Series Presents Sarah MacDougall with Special Guest Ash & Bloom at The Octave Theatre, Fri. Oct. 24th

Sarah MacDougallLive Wire Music Series presents Swedish-born Sarah MacDougall on Friday, Oct. 24th 7:30 pm at The Octave Theatre in Kingston. Now based in Canada’s Yukon Territories, Sarah has been described by Rootstime in Belgium as “one of the greatest talents of our era”, and by 24 Hrs Vancouver as “one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since Abba.”  Known for her unique voice and passionate live performances, this two-time Western Canadian Music Award winner has just returned from Europe and The UK where she is considered a rising star.

Opening the evening will be the Toronto duo Ash and Bloom, playing songsAsh & Bloom from their 2014 release Let The Storm Come, a CD which has critics comparing their sound favourably to both Simon and Garfunkel and Iron and Wine, and which features songs co-written by some of Canada’s greats: Peter Katz, Caroline Brooks (The Good Lovelies), Julie Crochietere and Rob Szabo.  Their shows lean into synergy as their songs turn audiences into unsuspecting choirs.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Sarah MacDougall with special guest Ash and Bloom
Friday, Oct. 24 – 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston

Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

www.sarahmacdougall.com    www.ashandbloom.com

 

Recent reviews for Sarah MacDougall from around the world:

Thoughtful, strong, and spiritual – The Globe and Mail

This is a real breathtaking and touching record from one of the greatest talents of this era – Rootstime, Belgium

A downright intoxicating beauty! 5/5 stars! – AltCountry.nl, Holland

We’re not so specific about nationality when we declare Sarah one of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters – Nöjesguiden, Sweden 4/5 stars!

A near perfect collection of memories of love – Allgigs.co.uk 4.5/5 stars!

Live Wire Music Series Presents Latin Grammy Winner Alex Cuba at The Octave Theatre on Mar. 29, 2014

Alex CubaLive Wire Music Series Kingston is wrapping up this year’s season with a concert at The Octave Theatre on Saturday, March 29 featuring the spectacular Cuban-Canadian guitarist and singer Alex Cuba and his new band. Alex sings in both Spanish and English and has won two Juno Awards for World Music Album of the Year in 2006 for Humo De Tabaco, and in 2008 for his second album, Agua Del Pozo. In 2010 he won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist. On his newest album Ruido En El Sistema he continues his exploration of rock, soul, pop and Latin funk, and solidifies his stature as one of North America’s most critically acclaimed musicians.

Alex’s first stage appearance on national TV was age of four, playing claves in a group directed by his father. Alex went on to study guitar, tres, percussion and bass. He was born in Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and now lives in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. With his vintage Gibson electric guitar and forgoing conventional stereotypes that typify much of the Latin music landscape, Alex is defining his own “Latin Soul” genre and crafting brilliant songs that cut through linguistic and cultural barriers.

 

Live Wire Music Series presents
Alec Cuba  www.alexcuba.com
Saturday, March 29, 2014  7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available) on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452), Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Press for Alex Cuba

“HE’S LIKE MARVIN GAYE, SINGING SOUL TO A NEW GENERATION…” –  Boston Globe

“BEST PERFORMANCE: ALEX CUBA.” – National Post

“STAYING TRUE TO HIS SPANISH-LANGUAGE FOLK-FUNK-ROCK HYBRID HAS PAID OFF.” – Billboard

“ROARING WITH ROCK GUITAR LICKS, UNDERPINNED BY A LACY AND OBLIQUE BUT STEELY CUBAN RHYTHMIC STRUCTURE, ALEX CUBA’S MUSIC SUPPLIED PROVERBIAL TROPICAL HEAT IN THRILLINGLY UNEXPECTED WAYS.” – Miami Herald

“…A HIGH-QUALITY ALBUM—SHINY, SMART, AND AS SHARP AS CUBA’S RAZORED SIDEBURNS.” – Georgia Straight

“WICKED GUITAR, UNDENIABLY SOULFUL VOCALS. HIS PACKAGE IS SIMPLICITY, AND HE WEARS IT WELL” – popmatters.com 

“…LIKE GETTING A COAT OF SUNSHINE APPLIED TO YOUR EARDRUMS…” – Halifax Chronicle Herald

Live Wire Music Series Presents The Claytones and The Slocan Ramblers on Fri. Jan. 24th

There is a tremendous co-bill coming up soon to kick off the Live Wire Music Series at the Octave Theatre. On Friday, Jan. 24, The Claytones, a great new alt country group from the heart of the OttawaValley, will share the evening with The Slocan Ramblers, a dynamic young Toronto foursome that plays bluegrass and old-time music flawlessly and with an uncommon flair. These two enormously talented groups will give a spectacular show at The Octave!  Remember – you can now buy your tickets online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca.
The Claytones

The Claytones were born a few years ago when Anders Drerup and Kelly Prescott were cast in the acclaimed theatrical production, Grievous Angel -The Legend of Gram Parsons. Anders played the title role and Kelly was Emmy Lou Harris. Their undeniable chemistry led to the formation of The Claytones — together with bass player Adam Puddington, they have been wowing audiences with superb vocal harmonies and impressive instrumental prowess ever since. The National Post named them one of ‘5 Canadian bands to watch for in 2012’. Take a look at this live video to get a taste of what they do:

 

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers started turning heads in early 2009 while playing casual gigs in the Toronto ‘roots music’ scene. Their weekly local pub gigs became a staple of the city’s thriving acoustic music activity. The Ramblers quickly earned a reputation across Canada for energetic live performances, impressive musicianship and uncanny ability to convert anyone in their path into a fan. The Slocan Ramblers have moved far beyond their pub origins.  Career highlights include standing ovations at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival, opening for Steve Martin on the main stage at Toronto Jazz Fest, and a popular West Coast tour last summer.  The intensity and drive forged in their early bar-room gigs continue to set them apart — they are outstanding!  Check out the Ramblers live in the two songs in this video:


Live Wire Music Series presents
The Claytones and The Slocan Ramblers
Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave, Kingston (Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. & the 401)

$20 in advance and $25 at the door — available now at Brian’s Record Option, Tara Foods or online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

 The Claytones give what so many other groups only promise.  Exquisite, classic, country-soaked harmonies.  Originals that stand proudly beside the classic songs they cover with conviction.  A stage presence that marks them as serious professionals — The Claytones deliver!

James Keelaghan,  Artistic Director, Georgian Bay Folk Society

The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore…and a handsome bunch of fellas.

Tom Power, Host of CBC’s Deep Roots, and Radio 2 Morning

 

Valdy and Kris + Dee at Chalmers United Church, Fri. Nov. 15

ValdyThe Live Wire Music Series is ending its 2013 season with a Canadian music legend. Two-time Juno Award winner and member of the Order of Canada, Valdy, will make his first ever appearance on the Live Wire stage. For this special concert Live Wire will be moving to Chalmers United Church, a perfect venue for Valdy, a performer famous for engaging audiences in his intimate live shows. Opening the evening will be Kingston’s own Kris and Dee.

Live Wire Music Series presents 

Valdy with special guests Kris and Dee 

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 7:30pm
Chalmers United Church, 212 Barrie St., Kingston, ON 

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door available now at Brian’s Record Option, Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 35 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable storyteller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.

Valdy’s recent CDs include Contenders, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, Viva Valdy: Live at Last, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.

One of Canada’s most influential songwriters, Valdy’s composition A Good Song was recorded under the title Just a Man by the venerable Quincy Jones (he sang lead on the recording!). Play Me a Rock and Roll Song has been recorded by a few artists, including John Kay of Steppenwolf.

Along the way, Valdy has taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and been an often-invited performer at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas. His recent television appearances include Canada AM and Open Mike with Mike Bullard. Valdy has also been a panelist on Front Page Challenge, and played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers original series.

Today, he is based on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, three dogs and a large cat. All three children are grown, flown and doing famously living in or near Vancouver or Colorado.

Visit Valdy on the web at http://www.valdy.com.

KRIS + DEE

Their debut album Still Here Inside (2011) gained the pair international recognition when it was selected for the Starbucks WorldwideKris and Dee Playlist. They are being discovered in Canada as well, having been chosen with Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams and David Bowie as one of the Top Artists of 2012 by Ottawa’s CKCU FM. With a contemporary take on a traditional folk sound, Dee weaves poetic melodies through Kris’s pop hooks and lush, chill grooves.

Music journalist Paul Myers writes, “The soundscape Kris paints under Dee’s intimate vocalizations evokes time spent out of the machine. The lyrics speak to reality and the harshness of existence while the music is defiantly dignified in the face of it.”

http://www.krisanddee.com/

Live Wire Music Series Presents Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders and Ruth Moody Trio on Fri. Apr. 12th

Live Wire Music Series shows for April and May 2013Live Wire Music Series Kingston presents: 

A Juno Award Winners Extravaganza!

Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders with very special guest The Ruth Moody Trio

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013 AT THE OCTAVE THEATRE, 711 DALTON AVE., IN KINGSTON, 7:30 P.M.

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone thrives on unexpected inspiration: Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, instruments he found while traveling in remote Malian villages. His Juno Award winning albums, most notably Africa to Appalachia, both defy and honour the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. Jayme’s ROOM OF WONDERS 4 piece group is a polyrhythmic journey to Mali with stops at other mysterious and wondrous parts of the world.

Ruth Moody is a Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys — Ruth was a founding member and is still an integral part of the popular trio — she is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her masterful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers. Ruth has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically acclaimed albums, and appeared more than a dozen times on the U.S. radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods.

www.ruthmoody.com
www.jaymestone.com

Live Wire Music Series is a totally volunteer not for profit group that brings exciting and diverse musical acts to Kingston, Ontario from across Canada and around the world. We also bring many of these musicians into local schools for concerts and music workshops. We present 6 public concerts (at The Octave Theatre and Chalmers United Church) and 20–25 school concerts per year throughout Frontenac County. We hope you will add this exciting concert to your entertainment listings.

Live Wire Music Series Presents Kelli Trottier Trio and Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything on Fri. Feb. 1st

Kelli Trottier Jaron Freeman-FoxLive Wire Music Series Kingston is excited to announce its outstanding 2013 series, starring many of Canada’s finest musicians. It begins on Friday, February 1st at The Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., with a co-bill featuring Kingston’s own Kelli Trottier Trio together with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything. This will be a high-energy show with two completely different violin virtuosi, each with a superb backing band and an eclectic range of material.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613-542-2452) and at Tara Foods (613-546-4439).

Our email address and website are livewiremusicseries@gmail.com & http://livewiremusicseries.ca

Originally from the B.C. interior, Jaron Freeman-Fox is now based in Toronto, where he has assembled an ensemble of some of that city’s finest players. Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, while redefining what the violin can do.

The hyper-kinetic Jaron Freeman-Fox is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin. With the chops of a classical virtuoso and the soul of a wild-eyed punk, he plays world music in the truest sense of the word, leaping from gypsy to klezmer to celtic to country without skipping a beat.” ~ The Ottawa International Jazz Festival 

“As soon as The Opposite of Everything hits the stage, the groove is irresistible and young and old dance in front of the stage – setting the tone with a creative cover of “People are Strange.” Throughout the set, Freeman-Fox bounces and sings while playing his five-string electric violin.

John Freeman plays wicked clarinet solos and Johnny Spence makes the accordion look sexy. Controlled frenzy on stage spills onto the dance floor during the set, especially when the band plays “The Rabid Rabbi.” The band leaves the stage and it’s too soon –obvious that the audience wants more. Haven’t heard of the Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything? See them live and they could possibly be your new favourite band.”  ~ The Walleye

www.theoppositeofeverything.com

Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home. Now, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far North, making fans and friends at every venue along the way. Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed, and learned fiddle from the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Developing her art from these deep and lasting roots, while allowing the influences of contemporary music to help shape her performing and recording career, has earned Kelli a dedicated and growing following and glowing accolades from promoters, organizers and fans. She has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought twenty thousand NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.

“I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your concert tonight. It was a wonderful evening and your natural style with the audience made it extra special.  As we listened to you, many of us had the feeling we were witnessing a great Canadian talent about to skyrocket, and we were there to see the launching!

www.kellitrottier.com

The 2013 Live Wire Music Winter/Spring Series

Live Wire Music Series Presents The Krüger Brothers with Special Guest Jeremy Fisher on Fri. Nov. 30th

Live Wire Music Series presents: 

The Krüger Brothers with special guest Jeremy Fisher 
Chalmers United Church, Kingston
Friday, Nov. 30th, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available)
@ Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods

Kingston music lovers are in for a rare treat on Friday, November 30th when the great Swiss-born U.S. based trio, The Krüger Brothers bring their unique and powerful brand of acoustic music to Chalmers United Church as part of the Live Wire Music Series. Kingston will be one of only five Ontario cities where they will play. The band, which started as a couple of rag-tag musicians busking for spare change in Munich, is approaching their 40th anniversary with 15 albums under the Krüger Brothers name. Their highly unusual mix of traditional bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical styles and their joyous and technically accomplished playing on banjo, guitar and bass have made them one of the top touring ensembles in North America.  In addition to their famously innovative instrumental abilities, both brothers Uwe and Jens Krüger are blessed with rich baritone singing voices and their song writing and vocal work are exceptional.

The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with…I love to play music with them – Doc Watson

The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent. – Bluegrass Journal

I used to think the banjo was somewhat limited to certain styles, until I heard Jens Kruger. Jens has played some of the most beautiful and expressive banjo I’ve ever heard. – Ron Block, Alison Krauss and Union Station

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Krüger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of abiding musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing, joined the brothers in the early 90s and together they established the incomparable sound that the trio is known for today, built around the playing of Jens Kruger, considered one of the top two or three 5 string banjo players in the world. The Krüger Brothers moved to the United States in 2002, and are based in Wilkesboro, NC.

The Krüger Brothers were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring a sym­phonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Krüger, which premiered in 2007. In late 2010, the Krüger Brothers premiered the Appalachian Concerto, a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. In addition to their regular concert schedule they perform these pieces regularly with select symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the world.

To get an idea of just how good The Krüger Brothers are, take a peek at these two videos – the first, an instrumental and the second a beautiful and touching tribute to their mother. Then read some of the comments.

http://youtu.be/G5qHkxnLtiw

http://youtu.be/wIomLzwaygQ

Opening the concert will be the wonderfully engaging Jeremy Fisher, a Juno nominee and terrific live performer.

“Listening to Mint Juleps, the fifth album by two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter.

That’s not to say that Jeremy Fisher lives in the past. On the contrary, the Ottawa-based musician’s craft is deeply imbued with a modern insight that has made him a strong and enduring musical storyteller. He thus inhabits a one-of-a-kind space in this current musical landscape as a rather timeless troubadour.”

www.jeremyfishermusic.com

Live Wire Music Series Presents Rose Cousins & Jonathan Byrd on Sat. Oct. 20th

On Saturday, October 20th, Live Wire Music Series presents a tremendous double bill concert featuring the multi award-winning Halifax singer Rose Cousins (who was just nominated for 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards!) together with North Carolina’s songwriting genius Jonathan Byrd.  Both these artists are audience favourites who are riding a wave of critical acclaim for their most recent CDs.  Rose’s famously gorgeous vocals have gained her legions of admirers across North America while Jonathan Byrd’s profound and moving tales of everyday life in small town America have critics comparing him to John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.  This will be another very special evening at The Octave Theatre in Kingston.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Rose Cousins and Jonathan Byrd
Sat. Oct. 20th – 7pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods.

ROSE COUSINS
www.rosecousins.com

It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection… – The Boston Globe

A voice like Carly Simon and a vibe like the Dixie Chicks. – Oprah Magazine June 1 2012

Beautiful songs capped off with a beautiful voice… – Jian Ghomeshi, CBC Radio

AWARDS
Winner 2011 East Coast Music Awards Female Artist & Songwriter of the Year
Winner 2011 Music PEI – Rooted to the Island Award
Winner 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award Contemporary Singer of the Year
Nominee 2010 NS Music Awards Entertainer, Songwriter, Female Artist & Folk Artist of the Year
Winner 2008 East Coast Music Awards Female Recording of the Year
Winner 2007 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Winner 2007 NS Music Awards Best Folk Recording & Galaxie Rising Star
Winner 2007 PEI Music Awards Best Folk Recording & Female Vocalist
Nominee 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award Best Solo Artist

JONATHAN BYRD
www.jonathanbyrd.com

Jonathan Byrd has crafted a potent canvas as searing as Neil Young’s stripped down masterpieces but with a touch of the laid back Eagles and the timbre one hears in the more haunting runs of a Chris Darrow or Ry Cooder. ~ Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Byrd continues to inspire awe… Rock and roll hasn’t spoken with such integration and grounded perspective for many years indeed. ~ Randy Auxier, WDBX Carbondale, IL

Having recently made WFMT Midnight Special host Rich Warren’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters of the Past 50 Years”, a list which includes giants like Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Joni Mitchell, Jonathan approaches his work on Cackalack with the most ordinary of materials: Chicken wire.  Concrete.  Roofing tacks.  He takes us to real, everyday places. The Outer Banks, where wild ponies still run.  Rockwell, where Byrd sings a song to his father’s ashes.  And 95 South, a great river of humanity that brings us rolling back south from a hard tour.

Live Wire Music Series Presents Eliza Gilkyson + Special Guest Ariana Gillis on Fri. Sept. 21st

Hello music lovers & Live Wire friends,

Hopefully you already have your seats for the first Live Wire show of the new season. If not, get to Brian’s Record Option or Tara Foods soon as Eliza has built a large and enthusiastic following in Kingston.

I’m very happy to have become an official volunteer of the Live Wire Music Series, in charge of social media marketing.  This season’s line-up is stellar so you won’t want to miss a single show!

Cheers,
Christine

Live Wire Music Series begins the new season with one of our favourites – the magnificent, poetically gifted singer Eliza Gilkyson, from Austin, Texas. This is Eliza’s fourth visit to Kingston in the last decade and she always puts on a dynamic, politically charged concert that demonstrates why she is one of the most respected roots musicians in North America. She has appeared on Austin City Limits and Mountain Stage, been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and received a Grammy nomination for her superb 2006 release Paradise Hotel. Her latest CD Roses at the End of Time “continues to express her vivid vision of the world, full of both beauty and anger, inspiration and struggle, and wrapped in melodies so hauntingly beautiful that they seem to float.”

Opening the concert will be Ariana Gillis from Vineland, Ontario, one of the most powerful new voices in Canadian music today. Chosen as Young Performer of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, she is fulfilling the promise many people have seen since she put out her first EP when she was 17.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Eliza Gilkyson with special guest Ariana Gillis

Friday, Sept. 21st ~ 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and at Tara Foods.

www.elizagilkyson.com
www.arianagillis.com
www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Eliza Gilkyson Quotes:

Few folk singers, even those from the original folk revival, have been able to combine social consciousness with musicality as well as Eliza Gilkyson. She merges strong songwriting talent with commanding vocals to create music that has immediate appeal as well as lasting intellectual impact. – Vintage Guitar

Like the master writer she is, Gilkyson cuts through the jungle of posturing leftist verbiage and conservative spin…She packs a political punch that is as entertaining and blue-collar as the work of Woody Guthrie” – Houston Press

Intimate, delicate-voiced and given to musical introspection . . . her honest voice and understated, life affirming lyrics remain the core of her songs. – People Magazine 

Gilkyson doesn’t pull any punches. She graces the music with her lush and passionate voice; a dark and lonely sound, hope and satisfaction, and edgy lyrics with piercing imagery round out the whole. – New York Times

Raw, harrowing tales of shattered lives and immoral wars. She continues to make big statements… – Penguin Eggs

Her work is too good to be ignored. She sings with plaintive power and writes with soulful strength. – Dallas Morning News

Our email address and website are
livewiremusicseries@gmail.com  & http://livewiremusicseries.ca/

Up and coming shows


Eliza Gilkyson
Guest, Ariana Gillis

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre


Rose Cousins & Jonathan Byrd Co-bill

Sat., Oct. 20, 2012
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre


The Kruger Brothers
Guest, Jeremy Fisher

Fri., Nov. 30, 2012
7:30 pm
Chalmers United Church

Ireland’s Andy White at The Rankin Gallery on Friday, September 14th!

 

I’d like to share this note from Al Rankin as I’m always really excited about seeing another Andy White show because he’s one of my all-time favourite singer-songwriters and a great guy too!

Hi friends, neighbours and music lovers:

Holy smoke!  Another great one at the Rankin Gallery.  He has won most of Ireland’s songwriting awards, worked with Van Morrison and Peter Gabriel and has Sinead O’Connor singing on his records.  He’s Belfast born Andy White, and he’s in the midst of a world tour that will bring him to Inverary!

You may have seen Andy when he opened for Judy Collins last year in Kingston and gained hundreds of new fans.  This one will sell out very quickly so if you would like to reserve a spot or 2 you will have to click back to me asap.  Here are the details, and more on Andy’s illustrious career below.

Andy White

Rankin Gallery, 3248 Round Lake Rd. Inverary ON
Friday, Sept. 14th, 8 pm
Suggested donation: $20
Seats by reservation only alrankin@xplornet.ca 613-353-6650

And mark down Sept. 21 on your calendar, the first Live Wire show of the new season, featuring Austin’s amazing Eliza Gilkyson with special guest, the phenomenal young Ariana Gillis.  More on that show soon!

See you at the music,
Al

Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other.  Since his breakthrough single Religious Persuasion, Belfast-born Andy has produced ten internationally released studio albums plus a host of compilations and live recordings and has won several of Ireland’s top songwriting awards.

He has merged pop sensibility with lyrical excellence, social commentary and acoustic guitars ever since his first album Rave On Andy White (1986) burst onto the scene.  Melody Maker reviewed his first album with the headline ‘Yer Man’s Brilliant!’ and Folk Roots made him a cover star.

Since then, Andy has worked with Peter Gabriel as well as some of the great names of Irish music including Van Morrison and Mary Black.  Sinead O’Connor and The Frames have guested on his recordings and Andy was included in the Irish HQ Rock Hall of Fame in 1998.

Socially aware in a way which comes naturally to someone who grew up in Belfast during the 70s and 80s, Andy’s work has always reflected his time and place.  Making this particular experience universal, his writing incorporates and transcends the boundaries of his native land.

Last year a long term friendship and writing collaboration with top flight Canadian singer songwriter Stephen Fearing produced the album ‘Fearing & White (2011).

The world of Andy White is peripatetic, intuitive, and never uneventful.  In November 2009 Lagan Press published 21st Century Troubadour, Andy’s on-the-road journal, and in 2012 an ‘album of the book’ is set for release, a two CD set featuring a compilation of songs playing throughout the pages of the book, and a series of readings from the book set to music.

Catch up with Andy’s world online via his website:

http://www.andywhite.com

and Facebook fan site:

http://www.facebook.com/andywhiteireland

Information and communication:

rose@andywhite.com

ANDY WHITE DISCOGRAPHY

1985 – Religious Persuasion EP (Stiff)
1986 – Rave On Andy White (London)
1988 – Kiss The Big Stone (London)
1990 – Himself (Cooking Vinyl)
1992 – Out There (Warners Ireland)
1994 – Destination Beautiful (Warners Ireland/Cooking Vinyl)
1996 – Teenage (Cooking Vinyl)
1998 – Compilation (Cooking Vinyl)
1999 – Speechless (Real World)
2000 – Andy White (Floating World)
2001 – Rare (ALT Recordings)
2003 – Boy 40 (Floating World)
2006 – Garageband (Floating World/Wildflower)
2009 – Songwriter (Floating World)
2011 – Fearing and White
2012 – 21st Century Troubadour (Floating World)