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Bob Evans is an award winning, Canadian guitarist. He combines an eclectic mix of contemporary finger-style guitar with traditional roots music featuring a warm vocal style. Stories and a tilted sense of humour tie it all together to provide a refreshing performance experience. Definitely not just for guitar geeks (although he is a former U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion). www.bobevansguitar.com
Chris Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” (The Georgia Straight) have won him many accolades including a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Ronald emigrated from England to Canada in 2002, and his music has been described as Canadian folk with British roots. 2017 saw Ronald’s fourth album, Fragments, released on esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis Records. In live performance, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician to deliver a captivating show. www.chrisronald.com
Fraser Union are Barry Truter, Henk Piket and Roger Holdstock. Their voices fill the room on individual leads and in harmony. Their music ranges from traditional folk and blues, to originals, to covers of contemporary songs that have a great deal of meaning for them and their audiences. Normally accompanied by guitars, mandolins, and dobro, for this evening they will be joined by Kathy Griffin and Susan Larkin. www.fraserunion.com
PK Tessmann is a fixture in the Vancouver Island indie-folk community. Her well-crafted, original songs are something of substance – a synergy of flowing lyrics, twinkling ukulele and acoustic guitar, and soul-stirring vocals. With two decades of songwriting and performance behind her, Tessmann is now celebrating the release of her brand-new album Dear City. Two-time winner of Best Roots/Folk Recording at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, Tessmann’s work has been described as “beguiling,” “potent,” and “unpretentious”. Her latest work is no exception.
Dear City is a collection of songs that offer a window into Tessmann’s journey of grief, hope, loss and new beginnings. With each haunting song, she offers up stories of teen suicide; the plight of the Syrian refugees, yet instills warmth and hope with songs of sisterhood, motherhood and contentment. Produced by Corwin Fox (Shane Koyczan, CR Avery, Miss Emily Brown) in the vibrant village of Cumberland BC, Dear City showcases Tessmann’s songwriting with colourful yet subtle instrumentation. Vintage keys, bells, autoharp, cello, French horn and saxophone combined with whispered harmonies to compliment Tessmann’s spirited vocals.
An alumnus of the Capilano College Jazz program in Vancouver BC, PK Tessmann teaches vocal lessons in her home studio, facilitates and song-writing workshops to local groups and individuals, and has released two previous records, including full-length album Maybe and a self-titled EP. In addition to her two recent VIMA awards, she has garnered further VIMA nominations for Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and she recently took home the title of Regional Champion in the 2015 CBC Searchlight Contest, and was named in the Top of the Pops in this year’s contest. Dear City has recently been nominated in the Indie Acoustic Project as one of the best Singer-Songwriter CD’s of 2016. www.pktessmann.ca
If a gentleman is someone who can play an accordion but doesn’t, what do you call an orchestra made up of anywhere from 6-10 accordion players? In Vancouver, that’s the Squeezebox Circle Orchestra. Vancouver’s Squeezebox Circle has been happening monthly for ten years, as a song-sharing session for players from beginner to long-timer with a repertoire ranging from punk to polka. Some tunes may be more familiar to your Italian, Irish, or Yiddish grandparents, others to followers of Lady Gaga. The Squeezebox Circle Orchestra has performed at Word on the Street, Heart of the City Festival, Italian Cultural Centre, Car Free Day, Accordion Noir Festival, and more. www.squeezeboxcircle.org
Bob Stark is a Vancouver-based singer-songwriter who has released seven CDs, the latest is entitled Storefront Photograph. Vancouver Island Music Festival’s Doug Cox commented: “His songs of love and life paint a gentle picture of adult life in today’s world.”
For Pearl (Kathy Francis and Andrea Smith) the whole world’s their oyster. On a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, clarinet, ukes and percussion, Pearl delivers polished gems of songs and tunes featuring exquisite harmonies and wit enough to warm your heart and tickle your funny bone on any night.
Susan and Barry engage their audiences with strong vocals, sweet harmonies, and powerful songs, supported by violin, recorder, guitar, and octave mandolin. They are delighted to be joined by Mayne Island musician Lael Whitehead, bringing her beautiful voice, and exceptional skills on percussion and other instruments into the mix. Given the varied backgrounds of these three, expect an eclectic evening of songs and tunes rooted in the folk tradition – familiar and surprising!
Tim Mar has been living and singing in Vancouver for the last fifteen years, but his Maritime roots are still evident in the lilt of his speech and many of the songs he sings. The part of his repertoire that does not consist of his own powerful original creations is flavoured by the Celtic traditions prevalent in his native Nova Scotia. He is often found busking on the streets and at farmers’ markets around Vancouver, his rich, deep baritone accompanied by skilled and energetic guitar and harmonica. He also hosts and manages Music and More on Main, a weekly performance space sponsored by Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, and his influence there is felt by many to be largely responsible for its growing popularity. This is Tim’s first feature at Jericho, and we are pleased and proud to have him.