Mark Stuart will spend 2018 doing what he has always done. He will tour full-time as a musical artist, bringing his years of experience to the stage. Onstage, his focus is on the songs he has penned and recorded, delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing.
After many years on the Americana/Folk circuit, Stuart has cultivated a very rounded performance. His show consists of storytelling, flashy guitar “chops”, and songs that seem to draw from his rock, blues, country, and folk music roots. Mostly, this artist from Tennessee has toured solo or in a notable duo with his wife (“Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart”). There were stints along the way as a sideman, though (Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Joan Baez). If placed on the bill with a contemporary artist he is usually asked to play guitar on their portion of the show. Just ask Jason Ringenberg, Ray Wylie Hubbard, or Jimmy LaFave.
One can find Mark Stuart on any given night in a small theater, coffeehouse, house concert, festival stage, club, church auditorium, etc. giving it his all. Aside from that, he could be instructing at a guitar clinic, songwriting workshop, or playing on someone’s recording session. As co-owner of Gearle Records he has produced or co-produced many albums. Stuart’s career has repeatedly taken him to all of the USA, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and, has spanned several decades.
Tickets are $15 in advance at Sooke Shopers Drug Mart or $20 at the door.Tickets will be on sle a week prior to the concert.
Blackthorn is a Canadian Celtic folk band that saw its inception back in 1989 with a group of
musicians who found a common interest in a music that wasn’t all that common in Vancouver
at the time. Early highlights included performing at Vancouver’s seminal Celtica Festival in 1990
along with De Dannan and Andy M. Stewart and performing and recording with the World
Champion SFU Pipe Band. Since then, the group has travelled a long road through the streets of
traditional and contemporary Celtic music, performing concerts and at Celtic and Folk Festivals
and Highland Games throughout Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
Blackthorn features four talented musicians, three of whom share lead vocals, bringing a
refreshing diversity of character to the group’s polished sound and all four contribute a mastery
of a colourful variety of instruments. The results of their collective musical backgrounds, skills
and experience are witnessed in the high-calibre, entertaining performances they consistently
deliver to audiences of all ages.
Blackthorn’s extensive repertoire is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland
as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. Their repertoire has expanded to
include creative original compositions that reflect the influences of these traditions. From lively
jigs and reels, to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring
the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.
Off-stage over a pint, or on-stage in songs, Auto Jansz speaks and sings in soft, kind tones perhaps a product of a London-born, Sri Lankan/Irish heritage. Or maybe it’s the old souls of the historical women she sings about, emerging from a subtle yet precise every everywoman voice, and penchant for turning the clever and playful yet poignant phrase.
From Winnipeg punk to Victoria roots/ragtime, Auto has earned her musical stripes.
Having toured nationally and internationally sharing the stage with great artists like Michelle Wright, Spirit of the West, Fred Eaglesmith, Jane Siberry, Doc MacLean and David Gogo, Auto has come into her own with solo recordings and performances that are making the Canadian roots music fans sit up and listen. Irish green eyes and a leftover London accent round out an identity that comes across to audiences as both mysterious and approachable.