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Erin Costelo w/River Sister
Sat, Dec 15, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Doors at 8pm | Show at 9pm
About Erin Costelo
Although she has been compared to icons like Carole King and Nina Simone, Erin Costelo’s fifth studio album, Sweet Marie, cements her status as an utterly inimitable voice in Americana music.
On the new album, Erin looks at a world and industry that pushed her to the edge of ending her musical career – but she pushes back. Taking inspiration from sources as varied as Ryan Adams, Randy Newman, and the Staple Singers, Sweet Marie is a genre-defying album that sounds at once timeless, timely and completely fresh. Pulsing with a confident and cathartic energy, Erin’s voice soars even as her songs dive deep.
Self-produced and recorded in 10 days in January in a timber-frame home on the ocean in Little Harbour NS, Erin gathered together some of the best musicians in the country. Glenn Milchem of Blue Rodeo on Drums, Anna Ruddick on bass (Randy Bachman), Leith Fleming-Smith on organ (Matt Mays, Hawksley Workman) and Erin’s long-time guitarist and partner, Clive MacNutt. The project is complete with a “making of” documentary directed by Juno-winning songwriter, turned filmmaker, Amelia Curran. “Sweet Marie: In Studio with Erin Costelo” air on CBC TV on November 24th, nationwide.
Erin Costelo’s 2016 release, Down Below, the Status Quo was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada including a win for Solo Recording of the Year, R&B Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year, making her the first woman to receive the prestigious award.
About River Sister
Sometimes there are moments that can inspire an entirely new artistic direction. That is the story of River Sister.
When vocalist Stefanie Guzikowski sat in to sing harmonies on a couple of tunes at singer-songwriter Elissa Margolin’s performances, the band started to notice that a quiet would come over the room — even in the busiest of bar scenes.
Audience members would comment on the silky blend of these two female vocalists – how one tone compliments the other and resonates as one voice.
One might call River Sister’s genre of music indie folk, reminiscent of Rising Appalachia, The Wailin’ Jennys or My Bubba, with homage paid to the beauty of the sparse and a cappella. However, River Sister often moves its impressive rhythm section from background to foreground, sharing jazz inspired grooves with notable complexity.
River Sister has generated a sound that flows to the heart.