Ray’s performances captivating, sweet, gutsy

Local singer/songwriter Bee Wolf Ray will perform at Tarbell’s in Cumberland on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Bee Wolf Ray performs Feb. 4 at Tarbell’s in Cumberland. Photo by Deborah Breta-Tobin

Local singer/songwriter Bee Wolf Ray will perform at Tarbell’s in Cumberland on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

A relative newcomer to the Valley, Ray has attracted positive attention from a number of local musicians, notably Judy Wing, Helen Austin and Sue Pyper (the members of Voices Three).

Sit back and enjoy a delicious meal in an intimate setting as Ray takes you on a musical tour of insight and story along with accompanist Peter Cloud Panjoyah of Hornby Island.

She plays a mix of eclectic covers and mostly originals. Her songwriting is accomplished, lyrical and deep with recurring themes of earthy spirituality, love’s many forms, the quest for identity and the depths of the human condition. These deep topics are leavened by her clever, quirky humour and sense of mischief.

“Bee’s unique perspectives are woven into the very fabric of her songs — one listen and you’ll know she truly writes from her heart,” offers fellow songwriter Nathan Senner.

Originally from Fraser Lake in Northern B.C., Ray lived for many years on Hornby Island and her writing is infused with the unique perspective of the Gulf Islands and rural, close-to-the-earth spirituality. She is a regular at the Comox Valley Songwriter’s Circle and the Sunday jams at the Backstreet Pub.

“Bee’s songs are captivating; her free-style playing is like no other. People see and feel what she sings,” says local singer-songwriter Jack Sigurdson.

“Sweet with a gutsy edge,” says Helen Austin, founder of the Songwriter’s Circle.

Ray’s music is described as having a unique, raw, sweet sound with a soft edge of pleasurable intimacy, with haunting, inspiring and often stirring ideas and images. Her voice has been compared to such diverse artists as Bjork, Buffy St. Marie, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell and Ricki Lee Jones. She is passionate about the songwriting process and about music as a force for transformation and evolution of consciousness.

Inventive, sensitive harmonies and percussion by accomplished Hornby Island singer and drummer Panjoyah merge seamlessly with her sound.

Tarbell’s is accepting reservations for a special dinner before the show at 250-336-8863. Tickets to the show only are available separately for $10.

For more information about Ray’s music, visit www.reverbnation.com/beewolfray.

— Bee Wolf Ray

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