Jeffery Straker & Jenny MacDonald and special guest, Brian Dunn

Sat. Jun 6, 2015
8:00 pm

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Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada.  He has recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, had a music video chart in the top 10 on Much More Music Canada and in 2012 toured in Africa.  His tour stops range from intimate house concerts to club & theatre shows and include recent sold-out concerts (capacity 2000) with the Regina Symphony Orchestra (2011) and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (2013).  The review following his orchestral debut read: “Straker was simply spectacular…clearly one of the province’s best cultural exports”.  Canadian Musician Magazine has said, “Very much an artist to watch” while the Chicago Free Press has written, “Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list”.

His latest career boost came from winning the prestigious Vina del Mar (Chile) song competition in February 2014 where he represented Canada.  Performing live to a festival crowd of 20,000 people and to a TV audience of 100,000,000 viewers across the Spanish speaking world he quickly gained a fan following putting him in demand for performances across Latin America.

Jenny MacDonald

Known as ‘the small girl with the big voice’, Jenny MacDonald is making her mark as a charismatic, audacious, and prolific songwriter and performer – skilled beyond her years. Working alongside high-profile musicians such as Grammy Award winning Gordie Sampson, Steve MacDougall (Slowcoaster), The Hupman Brothers, Ian Sherwood, and Carleton Stone, “MacDonald’s craft is developing in all the right ways.” (Stephen Cooke/The Chronicle Herald.

Nominated for two Nova Scotia Music Awards, including 2011 Blues Album of the Year, and 2011 Digital Artist of the Year, MacDonald’s fan-funded sophomore release, “Bye, Bye, Mr. Bluesman” weaves through stories of ‘hellos’, ‘goodbyes’, frustrations, and butterflies in a mix of blues and 20s-inspired swing.

Just put your disc in…I am so blown away…This is a trip into the best part of music. Rock, blues, roots you name it, all perfectly packed into one song, then into the next!…I know this will break you out! Out!” – (Jerry Neville/Annapolis Valley Radio)

A graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College’s Music Arts and Music Business program, receiving the program’s “Highest Achievement Award”, Jenny MacDonald has studied under a number of musicians, composers, studio engineers, promoters, and music business professionals in and outside of the college’s walls including; Gordie Sampson (Songwriter), Tom Easley (Hot Toddy), Waye Mason (Halifax Pop Explosion), Matt Charlton (Pigeon Row Publicity), Erin Costello (Songwriter/Performer), Jorge Chicoy,Avi Garcia, and Silvio Pupo (Los Primos – CUBA), and many more.

From intimate performances in soft-seat theatre venues, to high-energy bar shows, MacDonald delivers a whole-hearted performance whether driving her way through the blues, stomping her way through dirty rock songs, swinging through jazz tunes, or resting peacefully in a touching love song. A songwriting style that weaves its way between everyday life and a world of make-believe, it will leave you wondering which stories are really true, and which are a creation of her imagination.

Brian Dunn is a singer-songwriter from North Wiltshire, PEI. In 2014 he released his debut album Death Do Us Part, a tribute to the passing of his wife in 2011. Songs from the album have received air play across Canada on CBC and commercial radio. Pretty Black Dress from the album has been nominated for Music PEI Country Recording of the Year, and Male Solo Recording of the Year. Brian has also been nominated for New Artist of the Year for 2015. Brian has performed to sold out shows across PEI and continues to write new songs that explore the dichotomies of life.

 

Location
Harmony House Theatre

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