Roots & Soul Music presents: A SONGWRITER CIRCLE at Five & Dime (Saint John) - Thu Apr 22 2021 at 8:30 pm

Thu Apr 22 2021 at 8:30 pm
Door on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Show on Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 8:30 pm
Five & Dime
34 Grannan St Saint John, NB

 

Colin Fowlie

Critically-acclaimed Canadian recording artist and versatile singer-songwriter Colin Fowlie has arrived on the scene with an abundant horn of plenty in the life experience department. He brings with him a storied past, new and compelling compositions in song, and charismatic vocal stylings that are turning heads with his acclaimed debut full-length album called, "Party Music."

The release of Party Music signifies the beginning of a new era for Fowlie, as he metamorphoses into a full-time tour de force in the musical realm. His lifelong journey as a songwriter and touring performer has culminated as his primary focus, along with family and a passion for exploring the open road with the wind in his face. Colin has recently finished recording his sophomore album with Canadian great Ariel Pozen as producer and is due for release in the first half of 2021.

The unique character of his songs fuse elements of folk, rock, blues and Americana/Canadiana into a special blend of universally themed storytelling that, along with his down-to-earth personality, create magic that audiences adore.

Colin's discography has garnered radio airplay on campus, community and commercial radio across Canada and has graced various charts, both regionally and nationally. He has accrued more than 3 million views on YouTube and was awarded the coveted gold standard status at MusicFest Canada (1994) and Maritime MusicFest (1995). Radio stations in the UK, Holland, Australia, and the USA have also embraced his music since 2015.

Discography

The Upper Cruft 2015 (EP)

Passerby 2018 (EP)

Harmony 2018 (EP)

Amusement Park 2019 (EP)

Party Music 2019 (Album)

He continues to grow his fan base through passion-filled live performances at marquee festivals that include; Harvest Jazz & Blues, Area 506, Larlee Creek Hullabaloo, Living Roots and Tay Creek, to name a few. Fowlie has graced stages globally, including successful concerts in both Cuba and the Dominican Republic and his born-to-perform persona brings Colin to listening rooms, house concerts, songwriter circles and coffeehouses in many regions of North America..

Blaire Nicolle

Blaire is a singer-songwriter from Fredericton NB, now living in Saint John. Blaire has been writing and playing songs throughout NB at venues and festivals for a few years now. Don't let her small stature and quiet nature fool you, she is a force to be reckoned with. Blair takes experiences and events and turns them into songs that will grab you. She is currently working on a new collaborative project to be launched soon.

Kylie Fox

Alt-folk Canadiana artist Kylie Fox writes music with unmistakable genuineness and endearing charm; traits that have earned Fox an attentive audience coast to coast, and features on CBC, charting on earshot!, festival stage spots, and more.. Her latest album release Green is a fitting example of her sentimental soft-spot effortlessly intertwining with quick wit, signature sarcasm, and inherent empathy.

Alt-folk, Canadiana artist Kylie Fox, from Saint John, New Brunswick, is a story-teller notable for quick wit, signature sarcasm, and endearing charm. Her commanding vocal range propels her stories with a compelling force and her natural stage presence has gained her an attentive audience coast to coast. After pursuing multiple Canadian tours, attending international songwriting residencies including one at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and making appearances on East Coast festival stages, Kylie released her anticipated, debut full-length album Green in September 2020, recorded and produced by ECMA winning producer Dale Murray. She was recently acknowledged as New Brunswick's Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2020) by the Music New Brunswick PrixNB Awards.

Brent Mason

Brent Mason rolled back into Saint John NB in the spring of '92, after several years roaming North America in his best imitation of Jack Kerouac, riding his thumb and working carnival midways in Canada and the US. With a fistful of songs born out of an 'On The Road' ethos, and a burning desire, Brent recorded his first 'singer/songwriter' album. A true early indie effort, Head for the High Ground set a long and vital career in motion. Brent performs innovative original music with insightful powerful lyrical content.

In Spring 2020, Brent will release his 11th album, 'Fireflies', continuing a commitment to honest, provocative and often beautiful songs that has earned him international respect. He's been called "the David Adams Richards of New Brunswick songwriters" by Brent Staeben, Artistic Director of The Harvest Jazz and Blue Festival.

Brent has been nominated for and has won several East Coast Music Awards and Music New Brunswick awards including Folk Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. He is also the youngest recipient of the Stompin' Tom Award for his contributions to Atlantic Canadian music traditions.

In winter 2020, Brent went on his 3rd Home Routes tour in support of his record in British Columbia. It's a testament to his significant songwriting and storytelling abilities that Brent has been chosen 3 times for this coveted, juried circuit. Brent has also toured across Canada, the UK and Beijing.

Brent is regularly invited to local stages including Harvest Jazz and Blues, Stanfest and many other festivals and music events in the region. In his hometown Saint John, his Wednesday nights are legend, hosting O'Leary's Open Mic Night. 25+ years at this regular gig has earned him the moniker "Godfather of the Saint John Music Scene". He's co-written several recorded songs with award winning artist, Jessica Rhaye, and conducts songwriting workshops in schools throughout the province.

Brent is also a published writer and filmmaker whose conceptual mini-series "Grave Concerns" was picked up by CBC and broadcast nationally. These artistic "crop rotation" techniques into other genres finds Brent working on stories and word craft that informs his writing across the board.

After 10 albums and thousands of performances, Brent is a unique performer, combining humour, spontaneity and intriguing, compelling storytelling. Brent's shows are entertaining and memorable; he takes audiences on a wild ride from tender sweetness and a deft touch with troubled characters, wry observations on politics, to spitting anger at the unjust forces that twist our world.

With his latest release 'Fireflies', acclaimed Saint John songwriter and musician, Brent Mason continues into his third decade of penning songs that are inspired by the world he sees around him. Including his East Coast Music Award nominated love letter to the Wolastuq (St. John) River Songs, Brent's 10 previous albums contain a poetic and unflinchingly honest catalogue of songs. Brent Staeben, Music Director of The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, calls Brent "the David Adams Richards of New Brunswick songwriters"

'Fireflies' is a 10 song collection that was written in a 3-month period in the World's Smallest Studio: a re-modeled chicken-coop on Brent's own property.

On his new album 'Fireflies', Brent takes risks, trying new approaches to vocal presentation, guitar playing and new genres. You'll find sweet gentle folk tunes, country'n' blues, some forays into heavy rock and even some swampy reggae-tinged rhythms around his words.

Critics are noting that Brent is reaching new heights with vocals, sounding more comfortable and smoother than ever before. Relaxed and confident in his role as a senior ambassador of the NB music scene, 'Fireflies' is the work of an old hand who is still willing to be brave enough to grow.

Produced by Grant Heckman and Tim Davidson, 'Fireflies' takes Brent Mason in bold new directions, incorporating horns, some heavier tunes, and some sweet folk, all with the great lyrical content we're used to.

In a career spanning 2 handfuls of strong albums, with 'Fireflies', Brent Mason finds new heights!

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