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Get Back Unplugged | May 5th, 2023
The Square, Vancouver, Canada
GET BACK - UNPLUGGED
It started as an idea of Vancouver-based folk-pop trio The Wahs (Cam Wilson, Andy Hillhouse, and Brent Gubbels), after seeing the recent Peter Jackson-produced documentary about the famous Get Back recording sessions and the celebrated Beatles rooftop concert. Having been part of a now legendary White Album concert that featured dozens of Vancouver's finest musicians, the trio knew how fun it could be to delve into the Beatles oeuvre, and invited friends and collaborators LJ Mounteney, Allan Dionne, and David Gibbons to join them in this exciting project.
It's been said that the sign of a great song is when it can stand on its own, without any need for complex production. With the warmth of voices in five part harmony, and the simple beauty of acoustic instruments, Get Back Unplugged aims to revisit some of the best loved songs of late-period Beatles, and to deliver them with the joy and spontaneity of friends singing around a kitchen table.
Bringing together six stellar singers and players who, between them, have straddled the worlds of folk, Celtic, blues, jazz, and classical music, this intimate and fun performance does not try to imitate the Fab Four, but rather seeks to present interpretations that are authentic to the musicians' own unique voices. While they revere and respect the spirit of these classics, the group embodies the kind of playful, creative energy that the Beatles display in the studio, even occasionally alluding to other genres such as fiddle music, gypsy jazz, and classical music as the spirit moves them.
The 'Get Back' Band:
Cameron Wilson - violin, vocals
Andrew Hillhouse - vocals, guitar
LJ Mounteney - vocals, ukulele, percussion
Allan Dionne - accordion, vocals
David Gibbons - vocals, guitar
Brent Gubbels - bass
JENNY ALLEN will open the show.
"Sensual, frank and fearless", said Calgary Fast Forward Magazine about performing songwriter Jenny Allen. Her first solo recording, 'Something to Say', produced by Canadian folk legend Valdy, led to invitations at major festivals both in Canada and the US. and widespread critical acclaim.
On the heels of her acclaimed sophomore release 'If I Fall', Allen joined forces with Calgary-based songwriters Lin Elder and Lori Reid. Their trio 'The Fates' became one of Albertas most beloved concert acts, touring extensively throughout Western Canada over nine years in support of their three studio CD releases, receiving extensive airplay and charting at #2 for best album of 2008 on CKUA Radio.
Continuing to write and perform as a solo artist, Allen released her third solo project "Blanket" in the spring of 2012. The album garnered rave reviews, leaving one critic to say, "Blanket is alive from the onset, then begins to build into a class, or category of its own.' (Victory Music)
From 2012 to 2015 Jenny teamed up with fellow singer/songwriter Leslie Alexander, and what started as a double bill quickly became 'Allen and Alexander', a high energy, winsome duo.
Currently working on new material, Jenny will soon be recording a new solo project. She continues to captivate audiences with her songs and stage presence, clearly demonstrating she's a musical force to be reckoned with.
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