The Acoustic Guitar Project
MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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The Acoustic Guitar Project is a global music platform and concert series that inspires musicians to write an original song and record it live in one week. This project is taking place in over 40 cities around the world this Fall. Five artists are chosen to share one acoustic guitar. Each artist has one week to write, and record a brand new song on the guitar. They sign the guitar, take their photo with it, and then pass the guitar onto the next artist. The purpose of the project is to inspire creativity by simplifying its process to the bare essentials, to encourage a deeper connection between the artist and their art, and to tell truthful, meaningful stories.
Featuring: Shari Ulrich, Wes Mackey, Buckman Coe, Itamar Erez, and Lydia Hol.
Come and celebrate the end of the project on Thursday Dec 3, where you’ll meet the chosen songwriters, hear the new songs, and the stories behind them. This concert showcases a wide range of musicians all using the same instrument – from Blues, to Jazz, to Reggae, to Folk, come hear what one acoustic guitar can create!
Shari Ulrich: Originally a California girl, Shari Ulrich's career through the Pied Pumkin, The Hometown Band, The High Bar Gang, and as a solo artist continues to inspire audiences, and set the bar for two generations of female singer/songwriters. She’s a BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee and Juno award winner. www.shariulrich.com
Wes Mackey: His first gig paid 50 cents and a chicken sandwich but soon he found himself working in bands that would back up touring artists including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Stevie Wonder and more. With more than 50 years in music Wes performs in five star venues, festival and concert stages around the world including Iceland, Russia, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. www.wesmackey.com
Buckman Coe: Buckman Coe’s music draws strongly from Reggae’s mixture of joyful, danceable rhythms and socially conscious vibes. Born in London, raised in Edmonton, Coe studied counselling psychology at the Buddhist University Naropa, then went on to teach yoga and work with people with special needs and mental health issues – all the while playing music, as he has throughout his life. www.buckmancoe.com
Itamar Erez: Itamar's music holds a depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply; It blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in Jazz and the passion of Flamenco, creating a unique sound, all of his own. Recipient of the '2014 ACUM Prize for Special Achievement in Jazz', Erez is an internationally renowned composer and guitarist. www.itamarerez.com
Lydia Hol: Since the release of her debut EP, Boats, in 2012, Lydia Hol has toured the country from coast to coast, filling rooms with her songs and stories. Lydia’s time spent living in Ireland flavors her performances with a storyteller’s honesty and charm. Her new full length record Heading North, is set to be released in January 2016, capturing a delicate, elegant take on folk, with tinges of everything from country to classical and beyond. Lydia is the Vancouver curator for The Acoustic Guitar Project. www.lydiahol.com