Perfect Third House Concert Series

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Winter 2006

2006 is off to a booming start. Two artists that I heard at the 2005 Annual Conference of the OCFF are coming to Ottawa:

Ian Sherwood, a gifted young singer and songwriter, is coming on January 21, 2006. A native of Halifax, Sherwood is touring through Ontario this month, and has agreed to come to my place to share his wonderful music. Ian originally studied jazz composition and improvisation; his band, the Charlottetown-based Jive Kings, won an East Coast Music Award in 2001. After studying and playing in such diverse places as Toronto, Dawson City and Halifax, Ian has worked with a range of musicians in a wide variety of styles, and is an accomplished and versatile session musician. He has shared the stage with everyone from fiddler Natalie McMaster to classical soprano Measha Brueggergosman.

A little while ago, Ian added the solo folk idiom to his bag of musical tricks, and he has an eye for the telling detail, as well as one of the warmest, most appealing voices I've heard in a long while. When I heard Ian at OCFF this past October, I immediately hoped he'd have a chance to come to Ottawa. His self-titled CD has been featured on CBC Radio One's Freestyle.

Nathan Caswell, (top) is coming to Ottawa on Sunday, February 26, 2006. This is drawn from Nathan's website:

Nathan was raised in the north Ontario pulp town of Thunder Bay, where he got his start performing as a musical comedian. He has lived in Toronto, where he was nominated for the Tim Sims Award for outstanding young comic, and in New York City, where he won the "Battle of the Funny Bands." Presently, he lives in Burlington, Vermont.

In his songwriting, Nathan brings to bear his eclectic background: He has worked as a wilderness canoe guide, a schoolteacher, a legal assistant, and a purchasing agent for a fancy New York spa and beauty products company. He has traveled east and west across Canada and the United States, and north to the Yukon and Alaska. Nathan’s new release, Pulp Town, is the full-length follow-up to his acclaimed 2003 EP, Einstein's Brain. It was recorded in the spring and summer of 2005, at Nathan's brother-in-law's place in Starrucca, Pennsylvania, and in Nathan's mother's basement in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Thank goodness for family!

Please e-mail me if you want details, directions or to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

Also, I'm going to experiment a bit with this Perfect Third House Concerts page: if you're a performer looking for a house concert venue and date, leave a comment on the page, and I'll try to match you up with a potential host; conversely, if you think you enjoy the singer/songwriter folk music style, and you think you might like to try hosting a house concert, send a message to my e-mail address as above, and I'll try to match you with a performer.

Previous House Concerts in the Perfect Third House Concert Series:

September, 2005: David Newland

June, 2005: Aengus Finnan

March, 2005: Jory Nash

October, 2004: Pat Moore

Ian Sherwood photo copyright Photo of Nathan Caswell copyright David Newland 2005. All rights reserved.