Andrew Smith and Jane Eamon
GrassRoots Regina and the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Societies New West Concert Series presents a double bill concert featuring Andrew Smith and Jane Eamon.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina
Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door.
Both performers are from Kelowna, British Columbia. Smith, in addition to being a singer-songwriter, is a passionate and masterful acoustic guitar instrumentalist while Eamon’s soulful, spiritual and easygoing style deftly combines elements of country, folk, blues, and gospel music.
Andrew Smith is an accomplished instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who has been busy playing folk clubs, festivals and concerts - both as a solo performer and with the popular folk-roots trio Smith, Funk and Strauss. His live shows combine his award-winning talent as a singer-songwriter with his superb instrumentation. As a solo performer he plays original instrumental pieces as well as singing songs about his travels and loves, along with an occasional political rant.
Andrew has released two solo albums, Escape Velocity in 2005 and The World has Windows in 2007. He has won numerous awards including the prestigious 2006 Kerrville New Folk Songwriters Competition on the strength of his songs “Rite of Passage” and “Holes in the Night Sky”. His songs have received honourable mention at the Singer-Songwriter Awards and The Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and have been shortlisted for the International Songwriting Contest. Andrew also works as a music producer.
Smith sound clip:
Jane Eamon began performing again in 1998 after a twenty-year hiatus. She pawned her guitar and “went to sleep” when she became disillusioned with music in the late seventies and only returned to it when she wrote a song on a dare. Her songs are energetically but tastefully delivered with a passionate alto voice, at times evoking shades of Connie Kaldor, k.d. lang, and Heather Bishop. Lyrically her themes are optimistic and universal and she frequently ventures beyond the perennials of love and loss to tackle subjects ranging from childhood and politics to aging and spirituality. She ably accompanies herself on guitar and is backed up on stage by her husband, Gord Brush.
Jane released her first album, The Blue Madonna, in 2002, followed in 2004 by A Different Place and then, in 2006, her most recent release, Deep Water, in which she explores new-folk with a dash of blues and a lot of understated but righteous gospel. She has received numerous accolades for her songwriting including awards or honourable mentions in The Billboard Song Contest, The Great American Song Contest, The Unisong Song Contest, The Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, and The Okanagan Valley Music Awards. In 2005, Jane earned the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award.
Eamon sound clip: