Date: Saturday 12 April 2014
Place: House of Harmony
April 12, 2014, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)
Suggested donation (100% goes directly to the artists): $15-$20
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. This is a private function and we are trying to keep track of expected guests. Thanks so much.
We are excited to announce our second house concert, featuring Canadian musicians Scott Cook, Brian MacMillan and Scott Galloway accompanying them on keys. You can find their bios below. But before I let them tell you about themselves, I want to mention something myself. Scott and Brian are, in my humble opinion, among the best Canada has to offer. The thought of having either of these guys playing at our house makes me giddy, let alone both in the same show. When Leah and I bought the place, these two were on our “wish list” of people to play. There is a picture floating around of Leah and I sitting upstairs in the church, just the two of us. What the picture doesn’t show is that we are listening to Scott’s latest album, “One More Time Around”, for the first time, um, around. That fact that he will be playing in that very room is amazing. When Leah and I first started out on our journey together, one of the first Canadian roots albums she played for me was Brian’s “Let The Darkness Go”. Over the years we have been lucky enough to see him at several festivals and concerts, and his albums have made recurring appearances in the soundtracks to our road trips.
Alberta, Canada’s prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling DIY songwriter with heart forever on sleeve. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, soul and country with spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. Cook has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, touring extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is currently on tour in support of his fourth release, One More Time Around, which Canada’s premier roots music magazine Penguin Eggs calls “as much a manifesto as a musical work,” teeming with “wry observations and hopeful life lessons.” Its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. Fellow Canadian songwriter and three-time Juno winner David Francey sums it up: “Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on.” More info, music, photos and hobo travelogue can be found on http://www.scottcook.net.
Brian MacMillan: picked up a guitar when he was sixteen and hasn’t put it down since. A prolific songwriter. A warmth and presence on stage that makes you laugh, listen, and sing along. A voice rich, bold, and true. Lyrics that imprint your busy brain and have you singing them for days. An artist who generously invites you inside his music. Brian MacMillan is the breath of fresh air that music has been waiting for.
The music he plays and how he plays it: You can call it pop, folk, folk-pop. You can throw a splash of reggae in there if you want. His songs are anthems and ballads. You can say he’s a singer-songwriter, or multi-instrumentalist. He writes the songs, plays the guitar, bass, drums, keys, sings lead vocals and harmonies. He leads a band like a true gentleman, and can warm up a room in seconds.