First up in the Beautiful Brightroom:
Mike Evin, David Celia and Brent Titcomb in Concert 8pm
Like so many of his talented Canadian contemporaries, David Celia is a “best kept secret” at home. Fresh off his 12th tour of England, Holland and Belgium, with a jaunt to NYC, Chicago and Nashville, David brings his “roots rock with hints of folk wrapped in a pop package” home for a scant few months. He has shared stages with Elvis Costello, Fairport Convention and Shawn Colvin.
Mike Evin just finished his new album, “Do You Feel The World?” in Nashville, TN. Whether you’ve been a fan since his colorful power-pop work with The Brothers Creeggan and Barenaked Ladies or his more recent communal impromptu sing-a-longs, this album’s got it all. His music has been played on CBC and he has shared stages with Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer and many other notable Canadian musicians.
“Mike Evin’s musical savvy and good-times attitude do indeed make him the best national treasure you’ve never heard.”
– Soundproof Magazine
“The songs somehow feel intimate, like a private conversation, but also make you want to sing-along and when it comes to being a charismatic piano man, in my opinion, that’s what it’s all about.”
“Good Watermelon’s combination of wit and wide-eyed innocence is beginning to establish Evin as a voice to be reckoned with within the Canadian scene.”
Like so many of his talented Canadian contemporaries, David Celia is a “best kept secret” at home. Fresh off his 12th tour of Europe, including Glastonbury Festival’s 40th anniversary, David brings his “roots rock with hints of folk wrapped in a pop package” home for a scant few months. He Just released his third album, “I Tried” (Experience/Universal) which is already getting regular rotation on CBC and BBC radio in England.
“I like the sentiment in your lyrics” ~ Gordon Lightfoot
Brent’s early work helped forge the sound of legendary folk/rock group Three’s a Crowd. The group recorded a few singles and one album, Christopher’s Movie Matinee, produced by Cass Elliott of the Mamas and Papas and Steve Barry on ABC/Dunhill Records. Brent worked with Anne Murray in the studio and on the road, and gave her a successful hit when she recorded his composition, Sing High, Sing Low. His material was also performed and recorded by Glen Campbell, Andy Williams and the Osmonds. He’s furnished backup for the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer, Daisy Debolt, Tom Wilson and his son Liam Titcomb.
These days, Brent is a member of the ‘artist collective’ Lee Harvey Osmond, the brainchild of longtime friend Tom Wilson. He plays harmonica, percussion and sings. They have been touring extensively in Canada as well as crossing the border now and then. Brent says it’s a dream come true. He always wanted to be in a rock band! He’s almost 70 and he’s rocking alright!
IN THE CAFE…GOSPEL SINGER YOANNE FREGET 9pm
Yoann Freget has been singer since his childhood. At the age of fifteen he attended for the first time a concert of Gospel music, with the famous singer, musician and composer Emmanuel Djob (“Black an’ White Gospel singers”, “By the Gospel River”), directing the « Gospelize it! Mass Choir ». It was a deep spiritual and musical revelation for Yoann. Few months later, he passed the casting to get in this Gospel choir composed of 70 chorists – wich was one of the most famous one in Europe. He sang there for three years, quickly became solist and really started to feel and understand the essence of the African-american music, wich can, according to him, drop, by the Power of Love, all the artificial limitations (color, religion, country…). Then, Yoann sang in various music bands, among them : “BRBB”, a Tribute to Otis Redding, with an orchestra of 6 musicians ; in the famous “Soul Travellers” band ; in the masculine Gospel quintet “Gospel Shakers” ; also in “Gospel Jam”, duet with the well known Gospel singer Sabine Kouli (“Maezah” and “Soul Spirit”) ; as chorist for the last album of Marianne Aya Omac (“Ginkobiloba”), “Be my witness”. On his musical way he had occasions to be encouraged or invited on the scene by renowned artists, as Stevie Wonder, Liz Mc Comb, Dove Attia (Jury of “La Nouvelle Star”- the french “New Idol”), or else Ahmed Mouici (“Pow Wow”, “Les Dix Commandements”). Since 2006, he started to lead his own Gospel choir “Le Choeur Enchante” and to give singing lessons. He also has been called to animate Gospel workshops in different countries, like Italy, England, and Germany, to share his vision and experience of Gospel music. In May 2010, Yoann came back from a travel of five months throughout India. By this travel, he learnt both indian singing and spirituality – wich are basically one – and this did considerably enriched and inspired him. At the age of twenty three, Yoann is actually preparing his first solo album, wich is a gathering of personal and co- compositions, with different text-writers and composers. Since September until half of December 2010, he will be touring Canada and USA. Tour dates will be written soon on myspace soon. Yoann is still looking for other collaborations for the creation and the future distribution of this first album.