The Bates Beach Farm Jazz Series is thrilled to present a very special In The Round performance with Sue Medley & Friends, this Saturday at the Little Red Church Comox at 7 p.m., featuring Mary Murphy, Mae Moore, Paul Keim and John Mang.
Juno Award winner Sue Medley is one of Canada’s most acclaimed female singer/songwriters. With a string of radio hits including Dangerous Times, Maybe The Next Time, When The Stars Fall and touring success with the likes of John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan and many more, Sue Medley has earned a reputation as one of the best.
Medley’s newest release, These Are The Days, features all new songs, including the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards pop/rock song of the year High Time. The album received three more VIMA nominations for 2015. This album is a reflection of her life experiences while retaining the classic Medley sound of West Coast roots rock, richly mixed with soaring vocals and sizzling slide guitars.
Saturday’s performance will feature some of Canada’s finest musicians, singers and songwriters, all of whom have dedicated their lives to the art and craft of music. The performance will be ‘in the round’, a unique performance format that brings out the best in every performer.
Special guest Mae Moore has many claims to fame. As a recording artist, Moore was a major label success story, scoring nine top-40 hits, two Juno nominations and two SOCAN Awards for commercial radio airplay.
As an indie artist, Moore has most recently garnered two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for solo artist of the year and English songwriter of the year. She continues to attract a sizable fan-base to both her live performances and recordings.
As a personality, Moore is Canada’s quintessential Bohemian, being a musician, painter and long-time environmentalist, who has lived all over Canada and who now makes her home on an organic farm and heritage orchard in the Gulf Islands.
Medley’s other special guest is Mary Murphy.
It may be her gift of melody and lyric that is so attractive or her rich and seemingly effortless vocal style or perhaps that enticingly warm Irish nature, but whatever moves this woman, these qualities promote and sustain fans from every age group and from every walk of life. Murphy’s authenticity takes first generation immigrants home again, giving those with Irish roots a taste of inheritance and ushers those who wish they were a wee bit Irish into an ephemeral union.
In 2008 Murphy began to tour with Will Millar (Irish Rovers founder) as his featured singer. Will calls her voice “The Heart and Soul of Ireland.” Saturday’s performance will include Murphy’s Irish-inclined songs and a few “out of the Irish box” tunes.
Guest musician Paul Keim is a local songwriter, guitarist, music producer and engineer. As owner/operator of Dove Creek Recording Studio in Courtenay, Keim is continually immersed in a rich musical world and has been Murphy’s guitarist/producer/collaborator since the two met almost 20 years ago.
Keim views writing as a craft and writes with the awareness of all he has heard in the past, striving to bring this awareness to the recording studio.
“I am always working on the pulse of a tune, be it a guitar that sits there chugging along or a simple Weissenborn slide guitar supporting a vocal.”
Keim has been involved in a multitude of styles, everything from acoustic instrumentals to electric blues, singer/songwriter to Irish folk.
Keim maintains that images both musical or lyrical are the foundation to a memorable song.
Multi-talented musician John Mang performs regularly with Medley.
Mang is a veteran performer, multi-instrumentalist and long-time CBC music producer/engineer. He co-produced Medley’s two most recent releases, Sue Medley & The Back Road Band EP, and These Are The Days, her recent full length album.
The Bates Beach Jazz Series is made possible by the generous volunteer and financial support of the Obal family (Mike, Grace and Ben).
Saturday’s performance at the Little Red Church is family friendly with a concession offering tea, coffee, soft beverages and goodies. Net profit from the concession is matched by Sunwest RV and directed to veterans with PTSD.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets at the door are $18. Advance tickets are $15, available at Bop City in Courtenay and Red Carpet Boutique in Comox. Youth tickets (under 19) are $8.