Thursday April 15, 2010
KYEO & The CSA Present:
OLD MAN LUEDECKE
JESSY BELL SMITH
Old Man Luedecke
One man alone on stage with his banjo. A driving rhythm punctuated by the stomping of his boots on a wooden floor. Old Man Luedecke’s name and choice of instrument may suggest a world gone by, but the lyrics and melodies that he creates are contemporary. His last album, Proof of Love won the Juno award for the best roots album of 2009, and hot on the tail of that release comes the March 30 release of My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs.
With Steve Dawson once again assuming production duties, the results sing for themselves, and the chemistry of the musicians soars and crackles on every tune. Over the course of three days, the pair – aided and abetted by Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, Bill Frisell) on bass, John Raham (Be Good Tanyas, Po’ Girl) on drums, and Grammy award-winning bluegrass legend, Tim O’Brien (Hot Rize, Steve Earle) on fiddle mandolin and vocals laid down the tracks for the eleven new songs that make up My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs.
Intense, committed and blessed with a purity that can’t be faked, Old Man Luedecke is the real thing. Honouring, but not trapped by tradition, My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs is music for the ages. Keep your ears open for when this old man comes rolling into your town.
Jessy Bell Smith
Surely one of Canada’s greatest unheralded musical treasures, Jessy Bell Smith is a young woman with enormous soul and generous spirit that fills grateful spaces whenever she sets her dynamic voice around her charming, compelling songs. Raised in Guelph, Ontario, Bell-Smith has been playing music publicly for nearly 10 years, starting with open stages at 19 years old and then joining acclaimed, hometown band, Beautiful Senseless, as a core member. With a vocal style informed by the likes of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Etta James and songwriting touched by John Prine, Tom Waits, and Bruce Springsteen, Bell-Smith is a bright musical force. She’s appeared on recordings by Tannis Slimmon, Lewis Melville, Richard Laviolette, Nathan Coles, and Evan and Geordie Gordon to name a few and, as an open, enthusiastic collaborator, she often joins such aforementioned friends on stage, where she’s a seasoned performer. As evident on her own rare releases, Kitchen Music (2002), Tiny Lights (2004), and more recent recordings overseen by gigantic fan Andy Maize, when Bell-Smith sings, something lovely and vital is added to the air—an urgent, timeless sound, which reassures and reminds listeners of our collective heart. It’s sweet but subtle, just like every performance by a real original like Jessy Bell-Smith.
Pat LePoidevin began his interest in music at the age of 10 when he started playing the bagpipes while living in Scotland for a year. Although his interest in the pipes has continued, he has branched out into other forms of music in recent years.
Lately, Pat’s music speaks of childhood experiences and animals that are frequently seen in forested areas. Using a looper pedal, Pat now enjoys mixing vocals, ukulele, guitar, fiddle, a Chinese wind instrument, and whistles of sorts to create a fresh and satisfying sound.
His latest work Moonwolves is now available.
Thursday April 15, 2010
The Ebar 41 Quebec St. Guelph
Doors at 9:30 PM
$8 with non-perishable food item
The Bookshelf – 41 Quebec St. – Guelph
Orange Monkey – 005 Princess St. – Waterloo
CSA Office – University of Guelph – UC Room 274
(non-perishable food items will be accepted at ticket outlets)
All proceeds benefit Out on the Shelf
All food items collected will benefit the Guelph Food Bank.
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