The Record . Talk of the Townships

21 au 27 mars 2003

Two of Montreal’s finest urban troubadours, ‘Kola and Brian Campbell, will perform at Café Java in Lennoxville Saturday, March 29. Campbell, who has taught in Bishop’s University’s Summer English Second language program for the past five years, has performed solo (vox, acoustic guitar) and with his newly-formed ensemble across Montreal and Toronto. His performance at Café Java will be his first.

«When I first saw Café Java, it stuck me as a wonderful peformance space,» said the folk/pop singer/songwriter, who is also a published poet (Guatemala & Other Poems, Window Press, Toronto, 1994).

«A warm, earthly atmosphere, friendly clientele, it is the perfect place for the kind of high-spirited and intimate show I like to put on. It’s the realization of a dream to come here and play.»
Campbell began song writing in his early 30s after moving from his native Toronto to Montreal. A solo cassette, The Imaginary Album was released in 1996, followed by 2002’s The Courtier’s Manuscript, a full-length, professionally-produced CD featuring five guest artists. One song from the album, To My Whimsical Love, won a certificate of achievement from the latest International Unisong Competition (Hollywood, CA/London, UK).

‘Kola, meanwhile, has become a major fixture in Montreal’s folk music scene since moving to Montreal from his native Quebec City in 1999. In addition to hosting two weekly open mikes, ‘Kola frequently performs «Show’Kola» with his group around Montreal.

‘Kola’s song are simple and honest, with such themes as love, death, and the suffocation of living within our prejudiced modern society. he sings in both French and English, and play both acoustic guitar and harmonica in a folk style similar to that of Bob Dylan’s in the 60’s

In 2001 ‘Kola received the Jeunes Volontaires bursary for the recording of his #1 CD, released in April 2002. #1 is conceived as folk, intimate and exclusively acoustic. Its instrumentation – acoustic guitars, harmonica, conga, bongo, udu, piano and flute – leave first place to the texts and to ‘Kola extraordinary voice.

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