With the holiday season behind us, it's time to look to the year ahead and a musical delight to start things off, just in time to immunize yourself against any potential for the dreaded January blahs!
I am excited and proud to announce that the first house concert of the new year will feature The Young
Novelists, a talented young husband and wife duo who have just had an amazing year. They will perform on Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m. in a private home in Sudbury and all are welcome. Email email@example.com for details and reservations.
The Young Novelists' amazing past year included:
- being nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and winning New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards in Edmonton.
- the songwriter half of the duo, Graydon James, being selected as the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for his song ‘couldn’t be any worse’
- having their first European tour with shows in The Netherlands and Switzerland.
Space is always limited and a lot of these house concerts sell out quickly. So don't be disappointed, book your spot right away as soon as you are sure you will attend.
Admission is $20 per person and the proceeds will go to the artists. Bring whatever you want to drink and, if you like, something to contribute to the snack table.
Through their rich but rustic sound, The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form.
What first began as a stack of songs that front man Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James’ wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process and the band began performing and touring as a duo, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born. Now the duo has become predominant.
The album "made us strangers" is their sophomore release. “This record hinges on interpersonal relationships,” James explains of underlying lyrical theme, which includes both traditional and non-traditional ones – from brothers in a band to a torrid love triangle to a new father missing the sound of his son’s voice when they’re apart.
As a published author with one novel – The Mall of Small Frustrations – to his name and two others in the works, James’ words carry a weight and depth that demand repeat listens. The hope, he says, is having a listener connect with the sentiment he explores, if not the specific subjects. “As personal as the songs are,” he offers, “I hope they’re connecting to other people in a way that goes beyond the situations I was writing about.”
That connection is perhaps most intense from the stage. From major festivals like Mariposa and CMW to iconic theatres like the Neptune in Halifax to trendsetting hotbeds like Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, The Young Novelists’ show is as engaging as it is endearing.
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