Songwriters circles to be hosted by Scott Parsons
by Gena Fisher
Charlottetown musician Scott Parsons will be the host of three singer songwriters circles this month featuring guests from home and away. Scott, who recently released his new CD Nice To Wear compiled of all original tracks has taken time out of his busy schedule to sit with friends.
A songwriters circle is defined as a group of musicians sitting in a semi circle presenting their songs to each other and an audience. The beauty of the circle is the artists perform solo, with no band backing them up, so an intimate feeling is created.
Performing at the January song circles is Juno award winner Zappacosta. Born in the small town of Sora, Italy in 1953, Alfie Zappacosta moved to Toronto with his parents when he was six months old. He upon a music career in his teens and at first set his sights upon being a guitarist-until, his vocal prowess was uncovered. His credits range from writing and singing jingles for his own production company, to fronting the rock band Surrender, to going solo on his own label, to recording Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, then A-Z, the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, Quick...Don't Ask Any Questions, Innocence Ballet and now-Dark Sided Jewel. Promotional hype bills him a "Chameleon," but really, Zappacosta says all he wants to do, is write and perform his music for lots of people. His new project Dark Sided Jewel demonstrates why Zappacosta is and continues to be one of the most respected voices in this country and beyond.
Island-born but Halifax-based, Patricia Murray will add a Celtic flavour to the venue. Murray won the Silver Pendant Award at the 1997 Royal National Gaelic Mod in Inverness, Scotland.
The circle of musicians promises to be an inspirational ear-full of delicious sounds for the listener. The first stop for the circle will be the Rodd Marina Inn & Suites in Montague on January18. Guests will be Zappacosta, Margie Carmichael and Steve Sharratt. The January 19 line up will be Zappacosta, Patricia Murray, James Philips and Catherine MacLellan at the Landing in Tyne Valley. The last circle is January 20 and the venue will be the Kier Gallery in Charlottetown with guests Zappacosta, Brooke Miller, Alan Rankin and Bonnie Leclair. All performances will be from 8 to 10 pm. Come out and join Scott and his circle of friends.