Ray Montford CD Release
November 1 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday, November 1 @ 8:30pm
$25 Advance / $30 Door
Ray Montford’s powerful original tunes are characterized by a wild and raw beauty. Often inspired by the human condition, his instrumental compositions paint haunting canvasses that are rich in imagery, leaving an indelible mark on the listener. Blurring boundaries between rock, blues, fusion and folk, his electric work and phrasing are reminiscent of the great British guitarists David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and Mark Knopfler, while his open-tuning acoustic work evoke the sonic landscapes of Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke. But regardless of context, the most striking aspect of Montford’s artistry is that he finds countless ways to convey emotion through his compositions and soulful playing, letting his instrument sing and wringing emotion from every note. In the end, it’s all about taking the listener on an unforgettable journey.
Share My Sky
Ray Montford’s new and long-awaited seventh studio album, Share My Sky, is the acclaimed guitarist’s first recording in six years. Exploring the themes of loss, grief, trauma, compassion, forgiveness and love, Montford has expanded his sonic range and compositional depth to offer his most personal and emotional statement to date. Collaborating with singer/songwriter Lynn Moffatt, he co-wrote Deliver Me, a song that embodies the universal feelings of loneliness and belonging, while specifically shining light on the fate of refugees who strive to land in a safe place – a topical theme in these troubled times. The strong presence of singers Sheena Turcotte and Anouk Michelle-Grégoire on this recording (a first in Ray’s career) lends tremendous poignancy to songs Alive and Let Your River Flow, while the album’s profoundly reflective title track, composed upon his return from Bali, rates as one of the most evocative melodies the guitarist has ever written.
For more information on Ray, his accolades and touring schedule, head to the website at http://raymontford.com and stay tuned.