Larson visits Wav

The evolving musicianship and creative chemistry between the players in Des' trio is truly a wonder

Des Larson is a highly skilled guitarist with a natural showmanship that engages any audience, combining small town charm with an energetic and polished urban appeal.

Larson, who performs May 10 at the Waverley Hotel with special guests Fiftieth Parallel, creates an instant groove that combines a reggae beat energy with the lyrical style of songwriters like Jack Johnson. He will capture you with his straight-to-the-heart vocals, soulful falsetto, mesmerizing guitar work and promising future.

It’s hard not to become a Des Larson fan. The evolving musicianship and creative chemistry between the players in Des’ trio is truly a wonder and the potential they display at every performance is undeniable.

Des has been compared to some amazing artists including Dave Matthews and Andrew Allen. His influences include John Mayer, John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill and Jason Mraz.

Special guests Fiftieth Parallel have a second summer of festival performances under their belt — this time travelling around in a 1986 camper van — Fiftieth Parallel again hit the studio recording their new CD Open Sky.

Playing almost entirely original material, Fiftieth Parallel have been forming their own style of progressive acoustic music, drawing inspiration from artists such as John Butler and the late Michael Hedges, infusing it with the contagious West Coast vibe.

Despite being only a duo — Phil Marchand (acoustic guitar), Jonathan Hinds (acoustic guitar and percussion) — Fiftieth Parallel have made a name for themselves with their big natural sound.

For more about the musicians, visit http://deslarson.ca and www.facebook.com/fiftiethparallel.

— Cumberland Village Works