We choose our Live Kicks season’s shows sometimes a year in advance, so every now and then when we hear about something good coming through town we see if we can help support a house concert. It’s worked out this time and it’s a double bill with Emily Millard (Montréal) and Aerialists (Vancouver.)
Ruth and Dave Ratzlaff have graciously opened their house for this concert. KHC will sell 50 tickets in advance available for $20 at AGOG – CASH ONLY please for this ticket. All proceeds will go to the artists. With 6 musicians up close and personal, this is going to be a wonderful opportunity to hear some beautifully played music in a very lovely setting.
Emily Millard, known formerly as Miss Emily Brown, is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose unique blend of art-folk has been called “inventive”, “haunting” and “beautifully ethereal.” In the last ten years, Emily has released four records under the moniker Miss Emily Brown. Her new single Paradise (March 2016), a collaboration with Martyn Heyne (Efterklang), marked Emily’s first release under her birth name. The single offers a hint of what’s to come: Emily’s full-length album By Heron & By Season is slated for release in the fall of 2016. Produced by Toronto’s Sandro Perri, the record features intimate performances from Emily along with some of Canada’s most innovative instrumentalists.
Emily has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe, both headlining and supporting such talents as Jeremy Fisher and the Alin Coen Band. she has also made three collaborative records with Canadian chamber-folk ensemble Morlove. Her 2010 record In Technicolor was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Pushing the Boundaries and a CBC Radio Bucky Award for Best New Artist.
“Her voice is a mercurial weapon.” – exclaim!
“Understated, elemental and verging on the timeless.” – David Ross MacDonald
In a world where hyphenated genres are becoming the norm, all kinds of monikers are available for a contemporary folk band – post-folk, trad-core, alt-roots, tune-rock. File under World, or file under Celtic? Aerialists fits best with the beautifully contradictory term prog-trad, creating an effortless fusion between the raw intensity of traditional fiddle music and the carefully crafted soundscapes of contemporary pop music.
The members of Aerialists grew up with different folk music backgrounds – award-winning Scottish harpist Mairi Chaimbeul’s childhood as a Gaelic speaker on the Isle of Skye, guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray’s youth in Irish sessions in Victoria BC, fiddler Elise Boeur’s immersive study of Nordic folk music in the mountains of Telemark, and bassist Nate Sabat’s coming of age in the progressive acoustic music hotbed of Boston all shape their sound.
As members of innovative groups Fish & Bird, Jenny Ritter Band, and Mile Twelve, members of Aerialists have toured extensively in Canada, the UK, and the US, including performances at most of the major Canadian folk festivals.
“Aerialists interweave Gaelic and Scandinavian folk traditions with jazz and just a hint of rock in an intoxicating blend.” – Folk Radio UK