DTES Front and Centre: O Muses, light my fire!

Wednesday November 5, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main

The Downtown Eastside is home to talented musicians, and it is always exciting for the Festival to present a thrilling evening of local women and their spirited music.

Twin Bandit - photo Melanie Orr

Twin Bandit – photo Melanie Orr

Firekeeper & the Wild Mares - photo David Cooper

Firekeeper & the Wild Mares – photo David Cooper

Corinthian Clark - photo Tom Quirk

Corinthian Clark – photo Tom Quirk

In their first year at the Festival we welcome Twin Bandit, with the DTES’ own Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliott, a young and new duo who bring to their original songs an intimate folk and roots performance style with strong harmonies. Hannah and Jamie met at our community’s highly praised Saint James Music Academy on Gore and Cordova where they bonded over their love of singing.

Then, Carnegie regular and musician Joyce Morgan takes to the stage. Last year Joyce charmed the audience with her delightful interpretation of classical songs. This year, Joyce is going contemporary! Local musical favourite, singer and guitarist Shannon Bauman follows, singing original songs to the theme of love, healing and recovery.

Keeping the fire burning is Vancouver blues queen, and the Downtown Eastside’s own, Dalannah Gail Bowen with bass man owen Owen OWEN. This is a great opportunity to hear blues at its best: Dalannah and Owen recently won the solo/ duet category of the International Blues Challenge for BC and are heading to Memphis in January to compete in the 2015 International Blues Challenge! Congratulations Dalannah and Owen!

A new group to spring from Laura Barron’s Women Rock! workshop is Firekeeper and the Wild Mares, with Angela Zenk (vocals, keys), Purple (vocals, percussion), Geetha Subramaniyam (guitar, percussion) and Justina Vanovcan (movement coach, percussion). This dynamic quartet performs an eclectic mix of covers and originals, rock, country, punk, all delivered with a dramatic (and sometimes humorous) flair.

And stoking the evening fire for the uplifting finale is Corinthian Clark, who, with her powerful vocals, had the audience on their feet with a standing ovation the last time she performed at the Festival.

Posted in Festival 2014.