Featuring Kim Beggs, Ivan Boudreau, Larissa Tandy, with Blair Packham & Shari Ulrich, co-hosts From Nova Scotia to Bowen Island, Toronto to the Yukon (with a detour to rural Australia) –
Featuring Kim Beggs, Ivan Boudreau, Larissa Tandy, with Blair Packham & Shari Ulrich, co-hosts
From Nova Scotia to Bowen Island, Toronto to the Yukon (with a detour to rural Australia) – the songwriters featured in the upcoming edition of SongBird North hail from all corners of the world. Variety is par for the course with Vancouver’s longest-running songwriters’ showcase, where listeners can expect to discover talented artists who are new to them, and hear familiar voices in a different way. It’s a unique live music experience: a warm, unplugged vibe, varied and inspiring performances, great stories, and of course, superlative song-writing
SongBird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is produced by Shari Ulrich for the Songwriters Association of Canada. The SAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation. For more information on the SAC’s mandate, activities and membership programs, please visit www.songwriters.ca.
About SongBird North
SongBird North (formerly Bluebird North), has been a fixture in Vancouver for over 21 years, and has made its home at the Roundhouse for over a decade. This bi-monthly showcase features four singer/songwriters, from rising stars to renowned veterans, who share the stage, taking turns playing original songs and sharing stories with one another and the audience about their work. Though the series has toured nationally, Vancouver remains its longest-standing host city. Under a new name since June 2017, SongBird North retains the unique format that makes it one of the city’s most compelling live music experiences. Audiences can expect a warm, unplugged vibe, varied and inspiring performances, great stories, and of course, superlative songwriting.
A Roundhouse partnership with Songwriters Association of Canada
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Sincere, vulnerable, clear-eyed and tough, Yukon’s Kim Beggs combines a sweet old-time roots/country sound with dark tales of Northern life. She has toured with Buffy Saint Marie, Chris Jagger and more. Kim has six Western Canadian Music Award nominations (including three for Roots Solo Albums of the Year, for her last three solo albums) and three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations to her name. She is also an Independent Music Award nominee for her latest album, Said Little Sparrow (released in October 2017), and is currently a semi-finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition for Adult Contemporary song of the year, for her song “Hurts the Worst”. Kim recently participated in the Banff Centre’s Singer Songwriter Residency along with many other heavy-hitters from across Canada, and she has an entire album of new songs ready to be released this year. www.kimbeggs.com
Ivan Boudreau has been a professional musician/songwriter and wandering minstrel for over 45 years. He has deep roots in Nova Scotia, and spent some of his younger years in Boston and Toronto, but he now calls BC home. Ivan’s driving passion is stories and songs that are honest and heartfelt, and his well-crafted songs are sensitive, thought provoking and unique, with hauntingly beautiful melodies that take his listeners on an emotional musical journey. He produces a monthly songwriters’ showcase called SongStage in two different Lower Mainland venues – The Cottage Bistro in Port Moody and the ACT in Maple Ridge – offering songwriters a listening environment to showcase their work. www.ivanboudreau.com
Hailing from rural Australia, Larissa came up from the underground of Melbourne’s world class music scene, mining her difficult life for potent stories and spinning them into songs that made their way onto radio in America, the UK, and Canada where the CBC ordained them as “songs you need to hear”. Filtering the urgent poetry of Patti Smith and the untamed cool of Liz Phair, Tandy is carving her own path in the world of modern americana. With blazing showcases at Americanafest and Folk Alliance, her momentum continues to gather. Her acclaimed debut The Grip spent 4 months in the US Americana charts and reached number 2 in Canada. She recently made the move to Music City Nashville as the recipient of the prestigious Nashville Songwriter Residency.
BLAIR PACKHAM (C0-host)
You never know what will come out of Blair Packham’s mouth. Could be a song, and maybe a story about where that song came from. Sometimes his stories are funny, even if the songs are heartbreaking. Always looking for a human connection, Blair treasures his time on stage, whether solo or with his acoustic trio, The Impossible Dream. When he first started writing songs at age 17, Steve Goodman, John Prine, Elvis Costello, and the Beatles were inspirations, and Blair wore those influences proudly, forming a group called The Jitters in the early 1980s. The Jitters had hit records (“Last of the Red Hot Fools”; “Closer Every Day”), were Juno Award-nominated, and won a Toronto Music Award. Currently, Blair is planning his fourth full-length recording for release in the fall of 2018. blairpackham.com
SHARI ULRICH (C0-host / Producer)
Shari’s 45-year career – from Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist – has led to 23 albums, including collaborations with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and the bluegrass band The High Bar Gang. Her work has garnered several Juno Award nominations and two awards, induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. Her passion for songwriters sharing a stage has led her to produce the Bluebird North and SongBird North series for the SAC for over 21 years, both locally and nationally. www.shariulrich.com
(Tuesday) 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm