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Songwriter Sessions – July 10
July 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$20 – $25
Hugh’s Room Live loves a good songwriter and is home to many a concert featuring Canada’s best. Our new Songwriter Sessions series explores songcraft in a round robin format with players peeling back the stories behind their work. Crossing genres and tapping into the natural Canadian gift of open, honest lyrics and tunes, we’ve invited some of our favourites to delve deeper and share their songs with you.
Melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues music is what makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. For over 25 years he’s been writing and performing his eclectic brand of blues, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his rapacious, deep vocals, masterful harmonica playing and song writing. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapon of choice and when he sings, it is near impossible not to listen and get lost within the songs, right alongside him and illustrating what the influential British magazine Mojo described as his “wayward brilliance.”
A devotee of pre-war blues and classic artists such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf, Reddick formed his innovative band Paul Reddick & The Sidemen in Toronto in 1990, developing a cult-like following in the clubs and venues on the circuit at the time and spent the better part of a decade touring across Canada. Together they released four albums, two of which were JUNO nominated and in 2002 their ground breaking release Rattlebag won three Maple Blues Awards including Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award in the USA. In 2017 Paul Reddick won a JUNO for his much-praised album Ride The One.
Born in Montreal, now residing in Toronto, Noah Zacharin is a full-time Singer, Songwriter, and Guitarist. He divides his time between TO, the road, and his rural off-the-grid paradise by the York River.
Noah Zacharin has produced eight CD’s of original music and several collaborations with musicians and spoken word artists; he also has some 60 production/performance credits on CD’s by other performers throughout North America.
Zacharin plays acoustic, electric, baritone, and bass guitar, as well as mandolin, clarinet, and piano. He is comfortable in all genres of roots music, writing folk, blues, country, bluegrass, ragtime, and jazz tunes, and presenting a mix of all these in any typical performance.
His songs have been covered by popular Jazz-FM radio host and performer Laura Fernandez, Rolling Stone (India) cover artist Rehan Dalal, and inventor of the double-slide technique, the late great Brian Cober.
Noah Zacharin is also a widely-published award-winning poet. Hundreds of his poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in many prestigious journals and anthologies world-wide, and he will be completing his first full-length manuscript this year.
Zacharin has recently been awarded Official Showcases at FARM (2016) and SERFA (2017).
Toronto based musician, Tanya Philipovich, creates music that is poetically driven and melodically captivating. Getting her start on the West coast in her band Sneeker, she’s deepened her passion and expanded her reach over time.
Her debut solo album, ‘Keep On It’ (2006), has been enjoyed by loyal fans in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Vancouver. It was recorded with double bassist Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk, Wild Strawberries) and produced by Brent Bodrug and B Group Music.
On Tanya’s sophomore album titled ‘Secret Fiction Romance’ (2009), was released on Doin’ Time Records. It was recorded and produced by guitar man Dan Walsh (Fred Eaglesmith, Willie P. Bennett, Corb Lund) at his Cozy Little Shack On Lake Erie Studio. She was recognized as Socan’s songwriter of the month for her song, Holy Tomato.
Check the video, directed by Virpi Kettu video here: https://vimeo.com/34702096
Her latest, ’Paper Boat’, 2016 out on Busted Flat Records, was produced and engineered by Aaron ‘Kid’ Comeau (Serena Ryder, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs), on guitar and keys, and Jake Hoag, on percussion, at the Trailer in the city’s east end.
Hit up the video for the Cindy Sherman inspired track, ‘I Heart Cindy’, directed by Sean Ryan here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aKwDgTV33M
Find her entertaining crowds at venues across the GTA with her sweet sound and classic companion, her Gibson Hummingbird acoustic.
– Dave Marsh (Author / Music Critic / Radio Host / Historian)
The above quote is typical of the excitement Canada’s Ariana Gillis was creating from the earliest stages of her career. But after sustaining a serious concussion in 2015, Ariana believed that she would never be able to write & perform music again. Well, she’s proving herself wrong, as after an extended period of recovery she’s back with some exceptional new music.
January 2018 shows in Nashville have led to producer, musician, singer, songwriter Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris / Robert Plant / Patti Griffin / Elvis Costello / Steve Earle) offering to produce Ariana’s album at his Nashville studio in July/Aug.