Friday, November 10, 2017
Margo Ellis has been playing guitar since she was 10 years old, starting with a few lessons with the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. She began playing in coffee houses and festivals until moving to Quebec 20 years ago. As a singer-songwriter, her style involves intricate guitar work backing a strong alto voice. She leans toward contemporary folk with occasional forays into traditional music and country, and loves instrumental work, particularly in alternate guitar tunings. Most recently part of the trio the Greater Goods, which has performed at the Side Door in the past, she can be found playing solo around Montreal in various venues.
Silk Sky plays melodic, root-based originals punctuated by strong lead vocals from Montreal music scene veteran Sonja Ball, the silky soprano of Jennifer Boire, earthy guitar riffs from Roger Sarazin and Jacques Nolin, and savoury four-part harmonies from all the songwriting band members. Silk Sky rolls blues, pop, country and folk into one deep, delicious dish....take a bite! Visit the band’s website at www.silkskyband.com.
Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Rob Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. As skilled delivering a Piedmont blues classic as he is performing his own acclaimed original songs, Rob’s masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances. On his seventh album, Walk in the Dark, he does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style. More at https://roblutes.com/.