***We are sorry to report that due to health issues, Guy Davis has cancelled many upcoming tour dates, including his scheduled appearances at The Carleton here in Halifax***
Two of the most respected roots musicians we know – Ray Bonneville and Thom Swift – team up for a special all-ages matinée performance at The Carleton on Saturday, October 29th. Ray will be joined by drummer Geoff Arsenault for his set and Thom will be accompanied by pianist Bill Stevenson for his. We also wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if all four wound up on stage at some point in the show! Live music gets underway at 2 PM and tickets – while they last – are $40 + HST.
***If you want to sit with others who have purchased their tickets separately, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names***
Often called a “song and groove man,” Ray Bonneville has lived the life of the itinerant artist. From his native Quebec, he moved to Boston at age twelve, where he learned English and picked up piano and guitar. Later, he served in Vietnam and earned a pilot’s license in Colorado before living in Alaska, Seattle, and Paris. Six years in New Orleans infused his musical sensibilities with the region’s culture and rhythms. And then, a close call while piloting a seaplane proved pivotal: After two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard, Bonneville’s lifetime of hard-won experience coalesced into an urge to write his own music.
Ray recorded his first album, On the Main, in 1992. He’s since released nine albums, earned wide critical and popular acclaim, and won an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His awards include a prestigious Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. In 2012, Ray won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, placed number one on Folk Radio’s list of most-played songs of 2008, and was recently covered by Jennifer Warnes for the BMG label.
Thom Swift is a multi-award-winning folk-roots-blues singer, songwriter, storyteller, and finger-style guitarist. His voice is unique and powerful and he is known widely as one of Atlantic Canada’s finest musicians. As a solo artist and co-founder of award-winning New Brunswick folk-blues-jazz group, Hot Toddy Trio, Thom has released fourteen albums and has performed at prestigious music venues and festivals worldwide.