Saturday 5th October 8pm, Letham Village Hall
Back by popular demand! Jez Hellard wowed the Letham Nights faithful a year ago supporting Canadian outfit Picture the Ocean
We loved his amazing virtuoso moothie playing, intricate guitar picking and beautiful storytelling songs. This time he is on tour with Canadian fellow-troubador, Scott Cook. This rambling duo will bring you an evening of roots, folk and blues that will ease your troubles, warm your cockles and fill your spirit. Get your tickets here!
A singer of potent songs, stunning harmonica player, guitarist and producer, Jez Hellard thrives on music of all stripes. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs and reels to tango, rhumba, funk and reggae. From original and traditional songs to rare gems from some of the world`s greatest, if lesser known song-writers; often fellow troubadors who Jez has met in many years on the road.
Since 2005, Jez has played over 700 gigs; from Vancouver to Istanbul, New York to Taipei. He`s performed at festivals including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party in the UK, North Country Fair and Sasquatch Gathering in Canada, Macedonia`s Pivoland and Taiwan`s Migration Music Festival, and venues ranging from London`s Jazz Cafe to theatres, pubs, clubs, tunnels and street corners around the world.
Whether he`s improvising over Gypsy rhythms, stomping out fiddle tunes on the harmonica, singing a rebel ballad, or dropping fresh beats on a variety of drums, his infectious energy, skill and passion for music has gained him fans far and wide. As a harmonica player, he`s renowned as an adept improviser in most styles of music and loves to be put on the spot, either on stage or in the studio.
Edmonton, Alberta’s own prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling songwriter who brings honesty, humour, years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting and storytelling. His straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, country and soul influences, whether stripped down to fingerpicked acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, and foot percussion, backed by his 5-piece electric band The Long Weekends, or in the company of his acoustic trio the Second Chances. He has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, traveling the continent while living out of his van. With kindred spirit Jez, he is currently touring in support of his fourth solo album, One More Time Around, which Canada’s premier roots music magazine Penguin Eggs calls “as much a manifesto as a musical work,” teeming with “wry observations and hopeful life lessons.” Letham Nights, we think you are going to love him!
Don’t forget that the Clap and Tipple bar will be on hand to quench your thirst and soothe your tastebuds together with the Doorstep Bakery and their mobile pizza oven. Mmmm, pizza!
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