Songwriter Sessions featuring Rob Lutes, Dayna Manning, Soozie Schlanger and Wendell Ferguson
November 13 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm$20 – $25
SONGWRITER SESSIONS | November 13, 2018
Rob Lutes | Dayna Manning | Soozie Schlanger | Wendell Ferguson
$20 Advance | $25 Door
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.
Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Rob Lutes has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. As skilled delivering a Piedmont blues classic as he is performing his own acclaimed original songs, Lutes’s masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances.
“Rob Lutes is the real deal, a consummate roots guitarist with singing and songwriting skills to match. He won the audience over right away and was a total pro to work with. We love him to bits.” – Stuart Laughton, Founder/Artistic Director, The Forest Festival.
Juno nominated artist Dayna Manning exemplifies the very best that Canadian Folk music can be. Her cool clear voice along with her insightful songs represent a history of Canadian musical art that goes back to the early 60’s and sounds just as vital today.
Originally from Stratford Ontario, Dayna Manning grew up in a musical family and launched a professional songwriting career at 18, releasing two self-penned albums with EMI Music Canada and Nettwerk America. Her songs drew praise from countless industry tastemakers, including Billboard Magazine and led to working with Sean Ono Lennon, as well as luminary LA-based producer Jim Scott. Manning toured North America extensively as a duo with cellist Kevin Fox, performing with Great Big Sea, Jann Arden, Spirit of the West, and Radiohead, toured nationally with Burton Cummings and Joe Cocker, and was part of the original Lilith Fair.
“Going solo after fronting the Cajun group Swamperella, Toronto’s Soozi Schlanger opens up to include both humour and heartache, ranging from rockabilly to stripped-down acoustic to her own fiddle-fuelled fun. With a big, real voice she can conjure up Wanda Jackson or Lucinda Williams, and make you wanna cry or sing along. Most of all she writes straight-shooting, tell it like it is tales, whether they are from the woman’s side of unrequited love among buddies (Just Friends) or the rowdy life of someone who just won’t be tamed (Wild Pony).
Soozi has a knack for dropping a line that’ll knock you back a couple of steps. Describing the flotsam in the slim crowd in the rundown Old Queen’s Hotel where she’s playing, she informs us “Three out of four sittin’ at that bar have been there since ’72.” Falling for the sweet talker in Pointy Alligator Shoes, she admits “I slipped from the ledge of my common sense/and I hang off the edge of each lie that you tell.” She wraps up her stories nice and neat, you feel like you’ve gotten to know the characters well, and your heart’s been nudged. Soozimusic has a lot going for it.” – Bob Mesereau, Top 100 Canadian Singles
“Many will be familiar with Wendell Ferguson as one of the most versatile and talented performers on the Canadian country music scene. He has long been recognized for his work in various country acts, and his own solo recordings; while his wit and humour has also been a trademark. Perhaps he is best known for his virtuosity as a guitar player, a special talent which has won him numerous accolades.” – Larry Delaney, Country Music News