Feature Story Thursday, April 20, 2017
Extensive and impressive resume of blues, jazz, and folk
Bryan Cutler, Harrison Festival Society/Submitted photos
Popular duo brings their extensive resume of blues, jazz, and folk for the final show of the Harrison Festival season.
Saturday April 29, Harmonica master Keith Bennett and top tier guitarist
David Sinclair will be combining their collective breadth and depth as
performers to present a rootsy blend of blues, jazz, and folk, in the
Harrison Memorial Hall as the final show of the Harrison Festival Season of
the Performing Arts.
Both David and Keith have extensive backgrounds as solo artists, sidemen, and studio musicians. David is well known for his work with kd Lang and his decade long role as Sarah McLachlan’s guitarist, as well as being a first call session player who has performed on more albums than anyone has been able to count, including with Michael Buble and Rita MacNeil.
Keith is a multifaceted player who has composed and played on film and TV scores, has performed with the VSO. He was also a top ten finalist at the World Harmonica championships in Germany and is an excellent guitar player and singer as well. The two have an obvious personal and musical chemistry that, combined with their strong musicianship and experience, will surely make for an engaging evening of acoustic music.
Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse recalls "Keith and David performed at our 2016 Harrison Festival of the Arts, and proved to be one of the most talked about acts of the fest, so we immediately wanted to get them back. People really responded to the quality of their playing and singing- their depth really shows."
In their show, both musicians share lead singing duties, while they intersperse songs with rocking instrumentals, featuring David’s percussive acoustic guitar playing and Keith’s soaring chromatic harmonica. Their set is diverse and engaging, with both original tunes and wild arrangements of songs by the likes of Benny Goodman, Django Rheinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and Irving Berlin.
These two masterful musicians have released one album together entitled Alchemy, hinting at the special chemistry they have onstage together.
Tickets for Keith Bennett and David Sinclair are $22.00 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.
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming. Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day, cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC.
A charitable non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.