Songwriter’s Showcase: Sunday, July 30th, 2-4 pm
This concert of the Summer Music Series at the Caetani Centre is a Songwriter’s Showcase! It will be hosted by Andrew Mercer of Cod Gone Wild and will feature performances by Jane Eamon, Kerry Parks, and Lowell Friesen.
The show begins at 2:00 pm; RAIN OR SHINE and a selection of refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is by donation ($10.00 recommended donation for adults, $5.00 for Caetani members and kids). Memberships will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds go directly to the artists and toward capitol improvement projects at the Centre. Parking is not available at the Caetani Centre and patrons are asked to park off site in approved parking zones.
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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 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 Songwriting Competition for the song “I Remember.” Upon moving to BC Andrew formed the Celtic inspired band Cod Gone Wild, who just recently released their fourth studio album.
Diplomatic and easy-going, yet fiercely stubborn and dedicated, on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Andrew provides the platform for the band’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 and The Fables. Andrew went to Memorial University of Newfoundland where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. When he is not performing with Cod Gone Wild, Andrew is the Director of the Okanagan Celtic Choir in Vernon, BC and is an avid curler (he has represented Newfoundland at five National Curling Championships).
There is nothing more beautiful than a moment caught in time. That’s what a songwriter does. Catches a moment like a fly in amber. Jane Eamon is one
such songwriter. Encapsulating her life lyric to lyric, all the pain, the love,
the joy, the memories. All of it in its infinite glory.
Five time Okanagan Music Award winner, producer of six CDs of original music, long time mentor and supporter of all things songwriting, author of a book of poetry and a songwriting book called The Songwriter’s’ Voice, Jane has accomplished much. But somehow remains focused on what is essential to her, the truth in her writing.
Jane doesn’t tour and to catch a show is a rare thing indeed. She will delight, uplift and perhaps even make you think. But above all she will share deeply and isn’t that what music is all about.
Kerry Parks is a singer/songwriter who weaves narrative and imagery around country-folk melodies echoing timeless rhythms. “Ballads, blues, and message tunes”,
delivered with a passion gentle or righteous in a voice that rasps or rumbles, over acoustic and slide guitar with harmonica on the side.
Kerry is active in the local acoustic trio Steel Wound, and the Celtic group Kilt.45.
Steel Wound released their first CD in 2015. It includes a number of Kerry’s original compositions, as well as a few characteristic cover tunes.
Canadian contemporary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lowell Friesen combines a tender hearted sensitivity, an edgy simmering angst and a dash of tongue in
cheek humour to his brand of modern/folk, alt/country music. Born in Manitoba in a small mennonite farming community Lowell’s first influences ranged from the church choir harmonies he heard on Sundays to the twangy country tunes his father played when no one from the church was around to listen. Moving to British Columbia in his adolescence he then discovered skateboarding and punk rock which inspired him to get his first guitar. Fuelled by the energetic free thinking sub culture of the West Coast, Lowell spent his teens and twenties exploring music, writing and art. From the early 90’s in East Vancouver and a short stint at Emily Carr School of Art, to the contemplative quiet life on the family farm in the Okanagan to the years in the Kootenays discovering bass culture and a love of the written word, Lowell’s passion for self-knowledge and expression churned, always just beneath the surface.
In 2010 the dam broke and songs began to flood the landscape of his life. Armed with his new Martin D-35 and rooted in his desire to understand the world and his place in it Lowell’s experience began to coalesce into his expression of folk music. Combining his whimsical poetic license, his simple and honest lyrical structure with understated acoustic riffs and foot stomping banjo licks, the shape and canon of Lowell’s work began to unfold. For the next 3 years he would write profusely, play with as many people as possible and hone the craft of bringing his songs to the stage.
In 2013 Lowell recorded and released his first EP with singing partner Jayme Mckillop, as Ginger & Rose and played extensively across BC, including a memorable slot at the Arts Wells Festival and a busy summer in the Okanagan. Galvanized by the experience of being in the studio and on the stage it was then that Lowell decided to take the plunge and pursue music as his career.
The next year was full of writing, recording and playing live wherever and whenever he could. Focusing on the songs that would be recorded as his debut LP ‘Home …and Away’ he began work with Producer Ben Beveridge. Recorded in Ben’s home and at Skull Creek Studios in Saskatchewan, produced and engineered by Ben and Aspen Beveridge, and mastered by Corwin Fox, the album emerged as a fundamental building block in his career.
In the spring of 2015 Lowell released the independent self funded 12 song record ‘Home …and Away’ and hit the road. Spanning 3 months and over 50 dates, Lowell travelled coast to coast across Canada delivering his folk fuelled gift to new friends and fans along the way. Returning to the West in the fall and settling into the Okanagan, he immediately began pre production on the next collection of songs inspired by life on the road, the people he met upon it and new lessons learned.