Featuring: Steven Bowers, Maya Rae, Tom Taylor, and Shari Ulrich, host Celebrating its 22nd year, Vancouver’s longest-running songwriters-in-the-round showcase brings its customary eclectic collection of talented writers to its dedicated audience. This unique live
Featuring: Steven Bowers, Maya Rae, Tom Taylor, and Shari Ulrich, host
Celebrating its 22nd year, Vancouver’s longest-running songwriters-in-the-round showcase brings its customary eclectic collection of talented writers to its dedicated audience. This unique live music experience offers an evening of engaging songs, stories and humour – all in a warm intimate atmosphere that is not to be missed. On Tuesday, February 5th, host/producer Shari Ulrich welcomes Steven Bowers, Maya Rae, and Tom Taylor to the Roundhouse stage.
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.
Background: Since 1995, SongBird North (formerly Bluebird North) has been a mainstay in Vancouver for songwriters from across the continent, as a bi-monthly showcase that features four talented singer/songwriters of widely varying styles, on stage together, taking turns playing their own original songs and sharing stories with one another and the audience about their work. The series has toured nationally, and has established itself in several other Canadian cities. Vancouver remains its longest-standing host city. www.songwriters.ca
A Roundhouse partnership with Songwriters Association of Canada
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
STEVEN BOWERS writes songs that are as hooky as they are thoughtful, with a novelist’s grasp of the human condition, and a melody junkie’s thirst for pretty sounds. Born and raised in Newfoundland and living now on Vancouver Island, Bowers has just wrapped production of his fifth full-length album, Elk Island Park, produced by Jason Mingo and JUNO Award winner Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, Black Mountain). His 2012 release, Beothuk Words, landed placements on TV shows such as CBC’s Heartland, and in independent films, notably Roaming (2013 Best Feature Film Winner, Canadian Independent Film Festival). His 2008 effort Homing generated nominations for Folk Recording, Songwriter and Producer of the Year at the 2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards along with a JUNO Showcase and an ECMA nomination for Folk Recording of the Year. He lives in Victoria, BC, with his wife and their daughter. www.stevenbowers.com
MAYA RAE is a Vancouver-based, singer, musician and composer, about to release her second album of original songs at the young age of 16. She is inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and The Beatles, and modern-day artists like Jamie Cullum, Megan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, and Adele. She has performed on many stages and venues including The Vancouver Jazz Festival, sharing the stage with many of Vancouver’s best jazz musicians. As a part of Maya’s stories to her listeners, there has always been a priority to speak for youth and peers that have faced barriers and personal difficulties in their life. Maya says, “I am trying to write songs that convey a message of self-love and female empowerment. My songs speak about my experiences throughout high school and as a teenage girl, and the various struggles that adolescents encounter in their daily lives. The main message that I want to get across to my listeners is to promote authenticity and to bring hope and empowerment to those who listen.” www.mayaraemusic.com
TOM TAYLOR was first introduced to music when his grade ten English teacher Al Horne played “Mr. Tambourine Man” on his big twelve string acoustic guitar. From that day on, Tom was hooked on acoustic folk/roots music. Soon after came Dylan, Neil Young, John Prine and many others who inspired Tom to pick up the acoustic guitar and begin his own songwriting journey. It was at Hillside Secondary School that Tom also met his future band mates and formed the quartet ‘She Stole My Beer’, releasing two albums and touring for the next 20 years. Tom’s solo career was launched with his first two albums of original songs – “King of July”, and Running Late – both produced by Canadian string virtuoso Steve Dawson. His third, “Pull Over Here”, was produced by long-time friend Barney Bentall, with whom he also performs in the trio BTU along with Shari Ulrich. As Tom continues to carry the classic tradition of the singer/songwriter, capturing the listener with his introspective and emotion filled lyrics, the heart of all Tom’s music are the songs that document Tom’s power- both as a songwriter and a musician.
SHARI ULRICH (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. She is currently recording a new album, slated for an early spring 2019 release on Borealis Records. www.shariulrich.com
(Tuesday) 7:30 pm
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