Early Spirit

When

Mar 16

Location

Memorial Hall , 290 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada, V0M 1K0

Contact

Harrison Festival Society

info@harrisonfestival.com

604.796.3664

https://harrisonfestival.com/portfolio/early-spirit/

Details

Spirit of the West co-founder Jay Knutson brings Celtic spirit to St. Patrick’s weekend show

The Harrison Festival Society will present Vancouver-based Celtic folk band Early Spirit in the Memorial Hall in Harrison 8:00pm on Saturday March 16.
Early Spirit is the latest project of Spirit of the West co-founder, songwriter, and guitarist Jay Knutson. Jay became well known on the Canadian and international folk scenes through his work on the first two albums by Spirit of the West, one of Canada’s most celebrated bands of the past 30 years. Later, he worked with major Canadian artists including Hart-Rouge and Connie Kaldor. His solo material, a constant throughout his career, draws from jazz and roots music. As a singer-songwriter, Jay “puts the soul back into music, fun back into instruments, and conviction back into lyrics” (The Chronicle Herald , Halifax). He uses wisdom gathered from over 50 album projects to write for and perform with Early Spirit. Few performers in folk music can combine their experience with raw energy like Jay.

Jay is joined in Early Spirit by a trio of talented young players, Will Chernoff (bass), Gabriel Dubreuil (violin), and Ben Kelly (drums). Ben is son of Spirit of the West and Paperboys member, Geoffrey Kelly, and already a veteran of the Canadian festival circuit with groups such as Fish and Bird. Gabriel is a talented young Franco-Canadian fiddler who attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and writes instrumentals with influences of Darol Anger, Casey Driessen, Jeremy Kittel, and Natalie MacMaster..

Together, these four musicians form a tight and passionate musical unit. Early Spirit’s Harrison performance coincides with St. Patrick’s day, and with the Celtic spirit in the band’s music it promises to make for a fun night out in Harrison.

The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets for Early Spirit are $25.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.

Early Spirit is Will Chernoff (bass), Gabriel Dubreuil (violin), Ben Kelly (drums), and Jay Knutson (guitar). At almost every performance, fans ask “Are you a family band?” But these four sons of Vancouver, BC are related only by music, and they’re proud to release Early Spirit’s first album, Unrelated.

Jay Knutson sings the lead vocal for Early Spirit. Previously, he arranged, performed, and wrote Celtic folk-rock music with John Mann and Geoffrey Kelly in their band Spirit of the West. Later, Jay worked with major Canadian artists including Hart-Rouge and Connie Kaldor. His solo material, a constant throughout his career, draws from jazz and roots music. As a singer-songwriter, Jay “puts the soul back into music, fun back into instruments, and conviction back into lyrics” (The Chronicle Herald , Halifax). He uses wisdom gathered from over 50 album projects to write for and perform with Early Spirit. Few performers in folk music can combine their experience with raw energy like Jay.
The North Shore Celtic Ensemble, a violin youth group that Jay co-founded in 1998, helped Early Spirit come together. Playing drums in this group was a young Ben Kelly, the son of Jay’s Spirit of the West bandmate, Geoffrey Kelly. Ben went on to perform and record with Fish & Bird, an eclectic folk music band from the Southern Gulf Islands, and he continued to lend his talents to touring independent acts. Ben’s musical heroes include the versatile session masters of the 80s, including his favourite drummer, Jeff Porcaro.. His drumming complements every style from children’s music to heartland rock.

Cost

$25.50 (processing included)

Tickets
Page 1 of 46412345...102030...Last »
Show more