GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present Western Canadian Music Award winner and Juno nominee Joël Fafard in concert.
Joël is a gifted slide finger-style guitar player who writes stirring, melodic compositions that paint pictures as vivid as any song with words. He introduces his songs with hilarious commentary delivered in a “hillbilly farm-boy” stage persona that quickly wins audiences over.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The Club, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina
Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 at the door.
Click here to see poster.
Joël Fafard grew up in Pense, Saskatchewan in an artistic, but not musical, family. He started playing guitar at fifteen and took lessons from celebrated Prairie musician, Jack Semple. Joël continued his studies at the well-respected Capilano College music program in North Vancouver. He then returned to the Prairies and was a mainstay of the Regina live music scene until he relocated to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast a few years ago.
Joël launched his professional career in the mid-90’s as a member of Scruj MacDuhk, the precursor of the Juno-winning, Grammy-nominated Duhks. He later established himself as a solo singer-songwriter and then as an instrumental guitarist. Joël has released six solo albums since 1996. His latest CD, Cluck Old Hen, is his first vocal album this decade and follows the release of several stunningly good instrumental CDs. Cluck Old Hen features covers of old Southern roots and blues songs delivered in a weathered baritone voice accompanied by his outstanding guitar stylings. For his Regina performance, Joël will be performing a cross-section of his work.
From his 2010 CD, Cluck Old Hen, "Angeline the Baker" clip:
From his 2010 CD, Cluck Old Hen, "Cluck Old Hen" clip:
From his 2008 CD, Three Hens Escape Oblivion, "Big Parade" clip:
“Fafard's guitar is lean, lanky, alternately pounding and heartbreaking; he remains one of our most powerful, rhythmic purveyors of country blues and roots.” - CBC Radio (Jurgen Gothe)
“Fafard has begun to set himself apart from the legions of folksy Prairie singer-songwriters with the sort of instrumental prowess you’d expect from a finger-style deity.” - Winnipeg Free Press (Bartly Kives)
Web site: www.joelfafard.com
Watch Joel's videos on You Tube here.