Wednesday 3 September 2008

Gregory Hoskins sticks with us, September 20

Whew! Seems like we just HAD a house concert. Oh wait, we did.

Kit Soden brought his intricate guitar work and his songs of the road to the house, and Eric John brought the most soulful (literally FULL of SOUL) romantic-shouter-Al-Green-look-out voice we've had. Great show.

And now here we are back into September, and we've got a concert that we are SO excited about. Last year, friend of BobCat Paul Willson mentioned that one of his songwriting heros was Gregory Hoskins. Hard to fault him on that. He also said he though Hoskins would make a great BobCat guest.

And ... here we are! Gregory Hoskins is joining us on September 20.

If you aren't familiar with his work, here's a brief bio cobbled together by me: Some people call his music alt-folk-jazz. Others call it quiet soul. Some people say his voice is kind of like Paul Simon's, and say his songs are as bouncy as Simon's without the 20-piece band. Others compare his songs to those of Daniel Lanois. Others say that he "has an eye for the absurdities of the human plight and an ear for putting it all to music."

Back in the 1990s, his band Gregory Hoskins and the Stick People developed a sizable cult following, and since they broke up, Hoskins has been doing his own thing in his own way. He's got seven band and solo discs to his credit so far, the most recent are: Pleasure & Relief (live), and Alone in the Mayor's House, available through CandyRat Records.

AND he plays an AWESOMELY beautiful vintage Washburn hollowbody electric guitar that may well have me wearing a bib to catch the drool.

If you're still not convinced, then check out his live concert recorded by CBC last November, or you can check out a couple of videos that he's got up on his site. You'll see why some people liken his concerts to Communion.

And then, come see him in our sunroom for what promises to be an unforgettable evening.

WHO: Gregory Hoskins
WHERE: BobCat Theatre, 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa
WHEN: September 20, 7:00 mingle, 8:00 show
WHAT: $20 suggested donation

As always, please reserve your seats in advance, and prepay (cheque, PayPal, Interac money transfer, cash are all welcome).

Other "as alwayses": please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Ottawa Food Bank, and if you like, something snackish to share at intermission. Our concerts are BYOB, and we encourage responsible drinking.

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