Join Cod Gone Wild front-man Andrew Mercer on Friday November 25th from 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), at the historical Caetani Centre’s new Studio Gallery in Vernon for an intimate evening of original music, Celtic ballads, story songs and tales about growing up in Newfoundland.
Born and raised in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Andrew has been surrounded by music his entire life. He formed his first Celtic band in high school and at age 17 and released his first commercial recording with the band Ocean Skye. The band was nominated for two Newfoundland and Labrador Music Industry Awards and Andrew was selected as one of the winners of a National Song writing Competition for the song “I Remember.” Diplomatic and easy-going, yet fiercely stubborn and dedicated, Andrew provides the platform for Cod Gone Wild’s song repertoire and authentic background.
Driven by his traditional east coast roots, he has been heavily influenced by pioneering East Coast/Newfoundland bands like Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Great Big Sea, The Fables and great Newfoundland songwriters such as the late great Ron Hynes. Andrew attended Memorial University of Newfoundland where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, which he uses to run Cod Gone Wild. When he is not performing with the Cods, Andrew is the Director of the Okanagan Celtic Choir in Vernon, and is an avid curler (he has represented Newfoundland at five National Curling Championships).
Mercer will be joined by Cod Gone Wild fiddler Susan Aylard, who is also known for her work as a violinist with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Sue will provide beautiful accompaniment for the ballads and story songs as they weave together a tapestry of tales that evoke a nostalgic experience of days gone by. Aylard will also share a couple of rip roarin’ fiddle tunes to get your hands clappin’ and feet stompin’.
The premise for this show is to get away from some of the upbeat dancing songs that Mercer is used to performing with Cod Gone Wild and showcase some of the great Celtic music with a softer side that he grew up listening to. “I’m looking forward to performing a group of songs, both original and traditional, on several different instruments, that I don’t really get the opportunity to sing very often with the Cods because they don’t fit the venue or the event that we are performing at,” said Mercer. “The Caetani Center’s brand new Port Studio will provide the perfect intimate atmosphere for this show, he added.
The show will begin at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) on Friday November 25th in the new Caetani Studio Gallery at the Caetani Cultural Centre at 3401 Pleasant Valley Road. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase on the Caetani Center website, www.caetani.org. Tickets are limited. For more information contact the Caetani Centre at 250-275-1525.
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