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Monthly Archive October 2012
Tour of Ontario and Quebec – November 2012
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 Susanna, Kevin 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 Luke 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.
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.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
Saturday November 3rd:
Stratford Knox Church
Special guests: Emm Gryner, Ron Sexsmith
Sunday November 4th:
London Aeolian Hall
Special guests: Emm Gryner, Eric Howden (Raised By Swans)
Wednesday November 7th:
Kingston Chalmers United Church
Special guests: Jeremy Fisher, Jim Bryson
Thursday November 8th:
Montreal Ukrainian National Federation
Special guests: Caracol, Marie-Jo Thério, Louis-Jean Cormier (Karkwa), Kim Bingham
Friday November 9th:
Ottawa First Baptist Church
Special guests: Jim Bryson, Marie-Jo Thério, Marc Robert Nelson
Saturday November 10th:
Sherbrooke Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University
Special guests: Marie-Jo Thério, Charles-Antoine Gosselin (Harvest Breed)
Sunday November 11th:
Quebec City Chalmers – Wesley United Church
Special guests: Louis-Jean Cormier (Karkwa), Marie-Jo Thério, Kim Bingham
Friday November 16th:
Guelph Dublin St. United Church
Special guests: Rich Burnett, Matt Masotti, Amy McCann
Saturday November 17th:
Hamilton James Street Baptist Church
Special guests: Jacob Moon, Kirk Starkey, Andrew Aldridge, David Celia
Sunday November 18th:
Toronto Randolph Theatre AKA Bathurst St. Theatre
Special guests: Mike Evin, Brent Jackson (The Junction) David Celia, Dave Matheson
Two Portraits is a 12” 45rpm single featuring Kurt’s interpretations of Nick Drake’s classic River Man and a lesser known Donovan song Sunny Goodge Street. There are a limited number of records available – each is hand numbered out of an edition of 300.
Kurt produced the recordings with Mark Mariash on drums, Maury Lafoy on bass, David Matheson on piano, and Lori Cullen on backing vocals on Goodge Street. Kurt sang and played an array of guitars. The bed tracks were recorded live in the studio by Chris Stringer, who also mixed the songs.
For the cover art, Kurt painted portraits of the songwriters on wood panels, allowing the wood grain to influence and interfere with the pigment. There is no type on the front, and ultra minimal on the back. Credits are found on the record labels.
Two Portraits is released on Heading North Music. Downloads are available on iTunes, Oct 16, 2012.
The release coincides with Swinghammer performing on the Songs Of Nick Drake Tour in November 2012.