SongBird North - Where Writers Sing and Tell (Formerly "Bluebird North")
Variety is par for the course with Vancouvers longest-running songwriters showcase, where listeners can expect to discover talented artists from across Canada who are new to them, and hear familiar voices in a different way. Its a unique live music experience: a warm atmosphere, intimate acoustic sound, great stories, and of course, superlative song-writing. On November 13, host/producer Shari Ulrich welcomes Melanie Dekker, Madeleine Roger, and Gordie Tentrees to the Roundhouse stage.
SongBird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is produced by Shari Ulrich for the Songwriters Association of Canada. The SAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation. For more information on the SACs mandate, activities and membership programs, please visit www.songwriters.ca.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS November 13, 2018
Melanie Dekker is a Canadian roots-pop sensation with a 'voice like chocolate, who performs 100 shows a year in North America & Europe. Her song I Said I was in the top 50 A/C charts in Canada for 13 weeks and tracks from her new album Secret Spot are currently playing on 50 radio stations. Among various songwriting awards, she received a Medal of Honour in Canada for her song Fall in/Wounded Soldier, and was named an Ambassador for the Kinder Hospiz in Germany for her donated sold-out concerts. She has also been the support act for artists such as Bryan Adams, Diana Krall, Russell Peters, & Faith Hill. In a recent blog post she states: Songwriting is a thrill. The process is close to madness and the methods are never exactly the same. Her string of popular YouTube videos include the Polar Bear Swim, 2010 Olympics, her own wisdom tooth removal, concerts in Afghanistan, and a romantic run-in with a mannequin.
Madeleine Roger is a folk/roots singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. A former thespian and a lifelong traveler, her work reflects whatever is on her mind. Curious characters, natural beauty and decay, historical events, the human condition, artistic influences, and daily goings-on inspire her impressive catalogue of inventive songs. Madeleine performs both solo and in the folk/roots duo Roger Roger with her twin brother Lucas. She has performed across Canada including at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Club, Summerfolk Festival (ON), and Campbell Bay Music Festival (BC) and has frequently been a musical guest on CBC Radio One. Roger Rogers debut album, Fairweather, reached the No.1 spot on the Canadian national folk/roots/blues charts. Madeleines first solo album, Cottonwood, was just released in October.
Gordie Tentrees is a Yukon-based road poet, multi-instrumentalist, and master storyteller who brings the unexpected to stages across North America, Europe, Australia, UK & Ireland. With seven records to his credit, Gordie has played everywhere from Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Scotland) to the National Folk Festival (Canberra, AU). His ability to hold an audience and weave a melody is infectious, all the while juggling the dark with the light. He has followed up his sensational 2016 release, Less is More (which reached #12 on the International Canadian album charts), with GRIT (2018), a duo album with legendary sideman Jaxon Haldane. In the past three years, Gordie has played over 550 concerts in 11 countries.
SHARI ULRICH (Host / Producer)
Sharis 45-year career from Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has led to 23 albums, including collaborations with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and the bluegrass band The High Bar Gang. Her work has garnered several Juno Award nominations and two awards, induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. Her passion for songwriters sharing a stage has led her to produce the Bluebird North and SongBird North series for the SAC for over 21 years, both locally and nationally. She is currently recording a new album, slated for an early spring 2019 release on Borealis Records. www.shariulrich.com
BACKGROUND: Since 1995, SongBird North (formerly Bluebird North) has been a mainstay in Vancouver for songwriters from across the continent, as a bi-monthly showcase that features four talented singer/songwriters of widely varying styles, on stage together, taking turns playing their own original songs and sharing stories with one another and the audience about their work. The series has toured nationally, and has established itself in several other Canadian cities. Vancouver remains its longest-standing host city. www.songwriters.ca
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