The Songs of Nick Drake Concert Tour Hits Kingston on Wednesday, November 7th!

THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE

Tour of Ontario and Quebec, November 3rd-18th, 2012

This fantastic concert tour hits Kingston on Wednesday, November 7th at 8:00 pm at Chalmers United Church.  Tickets are available at Brian’s Record Option and The Jungle, so don’t miss this opportunity to see so many brilliant musicians and singer-songwriters perform the gorgeous songs of Nick Drake in one evening of music magic or you will kick yourself!

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The Songs Of Nick Drake gives audiences in Ontario and Quebec a rare chance to experience Nick Drake’s music played by a host of Canada’s finest musicians, with a string quintet playing the original arrangements that were written for Nick’s albums by his friend Robert Kirby. To add to the intimacy and warmth of the music, almost all these concerts will take place in old churches.

The tour features Toronto’s alt-country darling Oh SusannaKevin Kane of The Grapes Of Wrath, and the tour’s organizer, British-born Luke Jackson along with a distinguished backing band featuring guitarist Kurt Swinghammer, drummer Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith), and double-bassist Jason Mercer (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Ani DiFranco). The string section includes Sahra Featherstone, Alex Cheung, Johan Lotter and Wendy Solomon. Special guests will be added in every town, making each concert a truly unique experience.

The Songs of Nick Drake was first produced by Jackson at Toronto’s Trinity St. Paul’s United Church in November 2010. It was a tribute both to Nick Drake and Robert Kirby, with whom Jackson had collaborated on his last album. Kirby had planned to fly to Toronto to conduct the string section at a similar concert a year earlier, but passed away unexpectedly a week before the show was to be announced. The 2010 concert was a huge success, receiving unanimous praise, and was recorded and broadcast by the CBC. Check out a clip here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QinMa1eXZU

To coincide with the tour, Kurt Swinghammer is releasing Two Portraits: a limited edition 12″ single of his version of Nick Drake’s “River Man” through Toronto indie label Heading North Music. It is backed with a version of Donovan’s “Sunny Goodge Street.” The sleeve features Swinghammer’s portraits of both singer/songwriters.

Keep up to date with the tour at:
http://www.TheSongsOfNickDrake.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheSongsOfNickDrake

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Show details:

Saturday November 3rd:
Stratford Knox Church
Special guests: Emm Gryner, Ron Sexsmith
Tickets: Fanfare Books, Anything Grows, Music in Sebringville, Encore Records and X-Disc-C Music in Kitchener, The Record Works in Woodstock or online at http://tickets.ticketwindow.ca/eventperformances.asp?evt=1372

Wednesday November 7th:
Kingston  Chalmers United Church
Special guests: Jeremy Fisher, Jim Bryson
Tickets: The Jungle, Brian’s Record Option, Tricolour Outlet or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5375

Thursday November 8th:
Montreal Ukrainian National Federation
Special guests: Caracol, Marie-Jo Thério, Louis-Jean Cormier (Karkwa), Kim Bingham
Tickets: Cheap Thrills, Phonopolis, Atom Heart Musique or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5376

Friday November 9th:
Ottawa First Baptist Church
Special guests: Jim Bryson, Marie-Jo Thério, Marc Robert Nelson
Tickets: Vertigo Records, Legends, Ottawa Folklore Centre, Compact Music Inc. or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5377

Saturday November 10th:
Sherbrooke Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University
Special guests: Marie-Jo Thério, Charles-Antoine Gosselin (Harvest Breed)
Tickets: Musique City or online at http://centennialtheatre.ca

Sunday November 11th:
Quebec City Chalmers – Wesley United Church
Special guests: Louis-Jean Cormier (Karkwa), Marie-Jo Thério, Kim Bingham
Tickets: http://www.billetech.com/event/ND121111

Friday November 16th:
Guelph Dublin St. United Church
Special guests: Rich Burnett, Matt Masotti, Amy McCann
Tickets: The Beat Goes On, Folkway Music, Encore Records and X-Disc-C Music (Kitchener), The Record Works (Woodstock) or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5378

Saturday November 17th:
Hamilton James Street Baptist Church
Special guests: Jacob Moon, Kirk Starkey, Andrew Aldridge, David Celia
Tickets: Art Gallery Of Hamilton, Dr. Disc, Cheapies, Records On Wheels (Dundas), Looney Tunes (Burlington) or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5379

Sunday November 18th:
Toronto Randolph Theatre AKA Bathurst St. Theatre
Special guests: Mike Evin, Brent Jackson (The Junction) David Celia, Dave Matheson, Kathryn Rose, Todd Porter
Tickets: Rotate This, Soundscapes, Sonic Boom (Bloor) and online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5287

Introducing Alt-Country Angel Kirsten Jones!

Scully Love Promo is proud to welcome Alt-country, Juno nominee Kirsten Jones to our client roster!

It’s so easy to work as a social media manager and internet promoter for someone who has a voice like Kirsten’s.  Her latest album, The Mad Mile, has earned her 1 of Billboard’s Top 5 artists to watch in 2010, a Juno nomination and four international award winning songs.  It features superstar guests like The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, Blue Rodeos’s Jim Cuddy and Americana artist of the year Greg Leisz.

These are just some of the kudos that Kirsten has accumulated:

“Kirsten’s Juno-nominated recent release, The Mad Mile, should be nestled comfortably in your CD-changer beside your copy of Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball, since the transition between the two discs will sound seamless.”
– Roots Music Canada, rootsmusic.ca

“Smooth-as-buckwheat-honey vocals…a bona fide comparison to Emmylou Harris is not out of order…”

– Eric Thom, Exclaim Magazine

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Kirsten Jones had only one producer in mind for her sophomore album, The Mad Mile: former Jayhawks front man Gary Louris.”  I knew I wanted to try getting in touch with Gary before even trying to think of anyone else, so I looked up his management online and just sent them a package.”  A few months later, Louris’ management e-mailed Jones, saying Gary was interested in the project.  By summer, Jones and Louris were writing in her Toronto living room, where they also finished all the preproduction for the recording in three days.  They hit the studio later that fall.  Creating a sound that combined her alt country and folk influences with her own unique writing style came naturally, thanks to Louris’ firsthand experience with some of Jones’ favourite artists (The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks).

“She has interesting lyrics, pretty heavy duty lyrics and a hook sensibility.  She has it, you know?  I’m jealous – I wish I had written these songs…”

– Gary Louris

In what proved to be a banner year, Kirsten also received a coveted FACTOR award for over $20,000 toward the making of the new CD.  The Mad Mile was released on May 11, 2010, and is distributed through Fontana North/Universal. Guests include pedal steel player Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss), Oh Susanna, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Bob Egan.

“The end result of their fruitful partnership (Louris/Jones) is ‘The Mad Mile,’ an alt country/roots record which could very well do for Jones what ‘Failer‘ did for Kathleen Edwards.”

– Jason MacNeil, spinner.com

Throughout the last two years, several aspects of Jones’ career have fallen into place.  She was chosen by Billboard Canada as one of five artists to watch in 2010, and The Mad Mile has already been nominated for a 2010 Juno Award, thanks to an early iTunes release.  Jones has been a finalist two years in a row in the International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category (out of over 15,000 entries), a Top 3 finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the country category (alongside Canadian success story Gordie Sampson), was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Contest, and has received honourable mention in both the Billboard and Nashville Songwriter’s Association songwriting competitions. The Canadian Country Music Awards invited Kirsten to perform two years in a row at the prestigious Songwriter’s Cafe, alongside such celebrated songwriters as Victoria Banks, Lisa Brokop, Jamie Warren, and Jessie Farrell.  Kirsten wrote or co-wrote every song on The Mad Mile, and two songs were co-written with producer Gary Louris.

Most recently, Kirsten was invited down to Nashville to sing on WSM, the official radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, at the Country Music Awards’ Music Fest Celebration. Still eligible for the Junos next year, 2011 is shaping up to be a big year.

PREVIOUSLY…

Kirsten Jones released her debut album Drive-In Movie in 2005. It received airplay in all Canadian provinces, peaking at 3 on CBC’s Galaxie Folk/Roots chart.  She has toured in the US and Canada, including dates with Jim Cuddy, Lynn Miles, Oh Susanna, Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, Minnie Driver, Rose Cousins and numerous others.

“The music of Kirsten Jones combines the best elements of alt-country and contemporary folk.  She’s also an engaging live performer, bringing both introspection and high humour to her shows.”

– Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

“The talented singer-songwriter is now busy winning the hearts of fans and breaking genres with her unique style of alt-country that she sings with heartfelt sincerity and catchy hooks.”

– Blue Rodeo website, “One Degree” section

Kirsten is extremely happy to report that she is one of 10 artists in the running for Roots Artist of the Year at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards.  She has to make it one more round to get the actual CCMA nomination.  She’s in some pretty heady company, including past favourites like Corb Lund and Jimmy Rankin.  But she is unique in that she is the only female solo artist on the list, and one of the (very) few truly independent artists as well.  Only CCMA members can vote, so if you know any, please let them know about Kirsten’s spot in the Roots category.

Kirsten is currently on tour in Eastern Canada for the month of July and will be playing at Country Music Week in Hamilton, ON in September as well as at the American Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, TN in October.

Find Kirsten Jones online at:

Official website

Facebook

YouTube

Twitter

MySpace

CBC Radio 3

Rankin Productions Presents Two More Great Concerts: Justin Rutledge and Oh Susanna on May 28th & Jenn Grant and Jim Bryson on June 28th!

There’s more great music coming to Kingston soon!

Rankin Productions will be presenting the acclaimed Juno nominated singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge with the very talented Oh Susanna at Chalmers United Church on Saturday, May 28th. Then a month later on June 28th at Chalmers, Halifax based Jenn Grant (multi East Coast Music Award winner) will be joined by Ottawa’s Jim Bryson for another terrific show.

These concerts are being sponsored by the Toronto record company Six Shooter Records and they have a pretty amazing deal for us. Each individual concert is $20 but if you buy tickets to both you pay only $30, PLUS you get a CD (worth $20) from any of the participating musicians – that’s incredible!

Here are the details and some info about all 4 of these great artists.

Saturday, May 28, 8 pm
Justin Rutledge and Oh Susanna
Chalmers United Church, Barrie St. at Clergy, Kingston, ON

Tuesday, June 28, 8 pm
Jenn Grant and Jim Bryson
Chalmers United Church, Barrie St. at Clergy, Kingston, ON

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Available at Brian’s Record Option (381 Princess St., 613-542-2452) or online at www.sixshooterrecords.com (go to store, and then purchase tickets on the left side of the screen)

Justin Rutledge

Justin Rutledge’s albums garner impressive amounts of critical acclaim. Between his debut, No Never Alone (2005), his sophomore release, The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006) and third album, Man Descending (2008), Rutledge has earned a Juno nomination, a Galaxy Rising Star award, countless year-end critics’ picks, the title of Toronto’s Best Local Songwriter (NOW Magazine), a spot on the 2008 Polaris Prize Long List and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination.

His latest album, The Early Widows, is a stoic collection of songs that rehabilitate the heart and illuminate the dark. Produced with intense fragility by Hawksley Workman, Rutledge’s fourth album is an arrestingly moving and lyrically meticulous piece of art penned by one of the most progressive songwriters at work today. Shouldering an electric guitar instead of his trademark acoustic, Rutledge infuses the new material with a newfound conviction and drive. The Early Widows also includes songs co-written with literary giant Michael Ondaatje, and award-winning songwriter Darrell Scott from Nashville.

Oh Susanna

In a career spanning just over a decade, Oh Susanna has released five critically acclaimed records noted for their contemplative, thoughtful, folk-inspired songs that transport listeners into an imaginary emotional landscape. With the release of her sixth album, Soon The Birds, she has again achieved this dream with a collection of enduring songs that resonate deeper and deeper upon each listen. Her voice, always a marvel, is a haunting, expressive instrument that she uses to stunning effect on Soon The Birds, a beautifully rendered album by an artist who has realized the full power of her voice as a narrative songwriter.

Jenn Grant

Jenn Grant’s emotive voice and quietly complex folk-pop songwriting has propelled this Halifax-based singer to the top of Canada’s indie artist world. She is currently nominated for multiple East Coast Music Awards, including SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for her collaboration with Buck 65 (“Paper Airplane”), Entertainer of the Year and Video of the Year (“You’ll Go Far”). Her latest album, Honeymoon Punch, exchanges misery for ecstasy in matters personal and musical and drives the dark clouds away.

Jim Bryson

This Ottawa rocker is a festival and club favourite who has played with a host of Canadian musicians such as Kathleen Edwards and Sarah Harmer. Bryson has recently teamed up with The Weakerthans to release the critically-acclaimed Falcon Lake Incident.