Local Vocalists Join TBSO Cabaret Series
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ---- October 29, 2014 --- For the opening Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Cabaret concert local vocalists Rodney Brown and Bruce Hansen join the TBSO to pay tribute to two of Canada’s great folk musicians, Stan Rogers and Gene MacLellan. You’ll hear selections including, Fogarty’s Cove, Barrett’s Privateers, Snowbird, and Shilo’s Song.
The Music of Stan Rogers & Gene MacLellan
Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8, 2014
8PM / Italian Cultural Centre
About Rodney Brown
Born in Fort William on November 11th, 1954 Rodney plucked his first guitar strings at the age of 7 and he hasn't stopped since. His teacher was his father, C&W singer Mel Brown. Rodney paid his dues playing the bars and coffeehouses of Northwestern Ontario and in 1977, released his first album, Freedom in Me. It was distributed across Canada, and was exported to England and Japan. Promoting the record took him across the country, playing the folk festival circuit. His song Somebody Give Me A Job was heralded as the "National Anthem for the 1980's" by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
This last decade has seen Rodney record four outstanding albums. His latest effort, Songs of Fort William with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra follows the success of North Land  and the highly acclaimed, Big Lonely CD . Spanning a forty-year career Rodney has donned many musical personas, but these days he writes mostly about his home on the North Shore of Lake Superior. His songs paint evocative pictures combined with excellent musicianship and the skills of a veteran performer. Rodney has earned a dedicated and growing fan base.
For more information about Rodney Brown, visit www.rodneybrown.ca.
About Bruce Hansen
Bruce's earlier background includes performance with folk and rockabilly groups as well as writing and recording in the folk scene of the 60's and early 70's. When the band got tired of living in a tent and quit, Bruce made his living by teaching and by working in the resource industries from Newfoundland to the Canadian Prairies.
Bruce is author and composer of some 50 recent works which include the full range from bluegrass and country to character and folk songs plus a suite of instrumentals influenced by, and describing, our Great Lake Superior. Bruce’s 2007 album was judged a scant ½ point below Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Live in Dublin’ album by European reviewers of Americana, Country and Roots Music in Utrecht with the comment “the Masters know the Trade”. His music has been described at various times as: ”Insightful, melodic, rich in image, intriguing, gritty and sometimes amusing“.
Current projects include production of the Lake Superior Suite and recording for a limited release of his character sketches.
About the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is the only professional symphony orchestra in Northwestern Ontario. For over 50 seasons, the TBSO continues to entertain and enrich the lives of Northwestern Ontario residents with thrilling concerts, outreach performances, regional touring, educational programs and concerts, and recordings of both classical and popular music. Explore www.tbso.ca to learn more!