CD release party for three local acts

A release party for Anela Kahiamoe, Nathan Senner, and Judy and Bruce Wing will be held Nov. 30 at the Little Red Church in Comox

NEW CDS BY Anela Kahiamoe (above)

A triple CD release concert featuring music from the latest releases from Anela Kahiamoe, Nathan Senner, and Judy and Bruce Wing will be held Nov. 30 at the Little Red Church in Comox at 7:30 p.m.

This will be a fun evening where the artists will share songs (and a few of the stories behind them) from their new CDs Through the Years, Dance in the Moon and Wishing for Someday.

Reserved seating is available by calling 250-897-0423.

• Growing up in Hawaii, Anela Kahiamoe has been a professional musician his entire life and has toured extensively with several successful bands in Hawaii opening for groups such as Bread, Fleetwood Mac, and Elvin Bishop.

He worked in the tourism industry in numerous hotel and cruise ship gigs before moving into studio recordings, radio commercials, television and movie appearances. Since moving to the Comox Valley in 2010, Anela has become well known as host of the regular open mic jam at the Flying Canoe West Coast Pub, and has appeared at many local festival events including three performances at Vancouver Island Musicfest.

Anela continues to be one of the most sought-after sidemen and studio musicians in the Comox Valley, as well as a member of Poi Boys, a duo with Doug Cox.

Anela was first drawn to the ukulele, then to Hawaiian steel and slack key styles. His instrumental style was influenced by slack key guitar masters Keola Beamer and Gabby Pahinui and lessons from Hawaiian steel guitar’s most influential artist Jerry Byrd. Anela’s new CD Through the Years is comprised of original and co-written songs and a range of styles from traditional Hawaiian to flavours of reggae and full-on blues.

• Nathan Senner was co-host of the popular Comox Valley Songwriters Circle and is a local fine arts teacher. He has been writing songs for more than 20 years, and to the great joy of those who have appreciated his music, has produced and recorded his debut CD Dance in the Moon.

With a style that has been compared to James Taylor, Marc Cohn, and the late Jim Croce, Nathan is a welcomed performer at local music venues, community events and festivals including Vancouver Island Musicfest, and the Island Folk Festival in Duncan. He is a respected songwriter and three-time finalist in the Cowichan Folk guild song writing competition.

Nathan’s music is thoughtful and bittersweet and the sincerity of his vocals and sensitive delivery make his music especially meaningful to hear. Nathan will be joined by Helen Austin, who contributed on his album, as well as violinist extraordinaire Blaine Dunaway.

• Also sharing the stage and songs from their latest CD Wishing For Someday are Judy and Bruce Wing. The couple are best known as hosts of the weekly Backstreet Jam and monthly 1st Tuesday Fundraiser concert series.

This is the Wings’ third album and it features eight original tracks flavoured by the contributions of Kahiamoe and Dunaway.

The Wings have a percussive playing style and co-write much of their music, Bruce often providing the arrangements, melodies, and instrumentation with Judy writing lyrics and singing vocals.

The album has a multi-genre appeal and includes jazz, pop and country songs with lyrics that draw on familiar themes of love and transition.

Judy received a nomination for Female Songwriter of the Year at the Vancouver Island Music Awards for their previous album Saying Hello, Feeling Goodbye and has provided background vocals on the albums of several Island artists.

Bruce has played in several commercial dance bands and instrumental ensembles including The Powdered Wigs and more recently The Snow Monkeez with Dunaway.

Tickets for the triple CD release concert at the Little Red Church in Comox are available at the door and can be reserved by calling 250 897-0423. The music will start at 7:30.

— Little Red Church

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