Joe Auty returns to the VJC stage, this time, headlining a very exciting band.
Neo-soul is the fusion/crossover of the soulful sounds of Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield with beautiful jazz harmonies and infectious high energy grooves. If you are a fan of Motown, soul, R&B, hip hop, and adjacent music and you are curious what it sounds like fused with jazz in an accessible way, this is a show not to be missed!
Joe has been a successful freelance trumpet player and soloist for many years now in both Canada and the US, and plays with a fiery, groove focused, and spunky sort of sound in the style of Roy Hargrove or Clifford Brown. To fulfill this dream and vision of Joe’s, he opted to collaborate with Campbell Ryga to add his exquisite taste, sensitivity, and beautiful harmonic expression to the sound of the band.
Campbell is a legendary saxophonist and is not only inarguably one of the most accomplished saxophonists in Canada, but in the world. He moved to Kamloops recently, so it seemed fitting for Joe and Campbell to collaborate with the goal to bring these new sounds and ideas to the Valley. Joe and Campbell are joined with some of the finest local rhythm section musicians in Stefan Bienz on bass, Loni Moger on guitar, and Will Freisen on drums.
Described as a ‘dazzling live performer’, ukulele virtuoso James Hill strums in the season. Joined by his wife and song writing partner, cellist Anne Janelle, they celebrate the launch of their brand-new Christmas recording, The Midnight Clear, with this appearance. The perfect balance of new musical gifts and traditional favourites, this festive program will instill the holiday spirit into the whole family.
The Vernon Folk Roots Music Society is excited to present David Francey. David Francey is a Scottish-born carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada's most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star).
David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter. A truly authentic folk singer, David is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album “Torn Screen Door” came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released eleven albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.