Saturday, June 3, 2017
Troubadors at Large
Abigail Lapell and Annie Sumi bring their unique styles to Tractorgrease June 15
Jason Schneider, JS Media/Photos submitted
Fresh from back east, Abigail Lapell has toured by train, bicycle and canoe.
Lapell's spirit is consummately DIY; a veteran of Montreal's indie-folk scene, she's shared stages with tUne-yArdS, First Aid Kit, Rae Spoon, The Lowest of the Low, Greg MacPherson and Andy Shauf. She's also toured across North America and Europe, appearing at festivals like North By Northeast, Pop Montreal, Sappy Fest and In the Dead of Winter.
Even more impressively, she has completed two tours entirely by bicycle and two tours by canoe, as well as a cross-Canada tour by train. Her acclaimed, Earshot!-charting 2011 debut Great Survivor was recorded in a bedroom by Heather Kirby (of Ohbijou) and hand-assembled from letterpress covers by Trip Print Press.
For Hide Nor Hair, Lapell chose a different tack, working with mood wizard Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Snowblink) at Union Sound in Toronto. Along with Lapell and Stringer, the album features drummer (and whistle soloist) Benjamin Hermann; Rachael Cardiello on viola; Joe Ernewein on bass; longtime collaborator Jessica Moore on backup vocals, and Mike Eckert on pedal steel. Lapell is the recipient of the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for the song "Jordan," which appears on the new record.
"On her beautiful, subtly bold sophomore album, Hide Nor Hair, Toronto songwriter Abigail Lapell explores themes of love and loss through a lens of geography and travel, visiting places urban and wild, local, near-local and far-flung; evoking the transience of time - day and night and the changing seasons so that her songs belong in the here and now as much as they would in the anywhere, anytime." ~ Sarah Greene, Exclaim! / NOW
Annie Sumi is a critically acclaimed songwriter living in Guelph, Ontario. Her helplessly-hopeful perspective is portrayed through her lilting vocal melodies and powerful lyrical content. Since releasing her debut album, Reflections, in 2015, the songstress has shared her songs and stories with audiences across North America.
With the support of the Ontario
Arts Council and FACTOR, Sumi will be releasing her highly anticipated album
In Everything, in October, 2017.
Annie Sumi and Abigail Lapell play Tractorgrease Cafe Thursday June 15th at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and available at 604 858 3814 or
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