Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jun 9 / Jul 19: Michael Hart concerts - Nanaimo, Regent College

Michael Hart is well-known to all of us Soul Food types: he's a mainstay at Pacific Theatre's CHRISTMAS PRESENCE, as well as other of our anthology evenings like PASSION, TESTIMONY and CONFESSIONS. And lots of us are fans of the string of celebrated recordings he's crafted over the years - the title track of his most recent, "Desire," is one of the most memorable new tunes I've heard in recent years, a gorgeous piece of writing, with maybe a tip of the musical hat to Neil Young tune like "Harvest Moon"? Just beautiful. That cd was recently named "independent album of the year" in England's "Never For Nothing" webzine, and the title track nominated Best Folk Roots Song at the annual Gospel Music Association awards.

There are a couple chances to hear Michael live in the next couple months. He'll be playing a house concert in Nanaimo June 9 - admission is $12, phone 250 751-0805 or email for information or to reserve yourself some of the limited seats at this very intimate event.

And then there's a free outdoor lunchtime concert at Regent College Thursday July 19, where Michael will be joined by Spencer Capier on violin, mandolin, and who knows what other array of intsruments - anything with strings on it, Spencer can make music! 224-3245 for more information.

But if you don't live in Nanaimo, and can't wait a month and a half for the Regent gig, here's something to tide you over. Michal has posted a free mp3 of a gorgeous instrumental track on his website - just go to the Biography page and click on the "Instrumental Medley" link just below "House Concerts" in the middle of the page.

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