Canadian Award-Winning troubadour John Allaire comes to Pressed with guitar in hand and stories galore to share. He’s also bringing the ever-popular Breeze Smith with him to play beats and pick up the slack!
Playing about 150 shows per year across North America, Allaire is an experienced, award-winning singer/songwriter with a gift for weaving captivating musical stories. Drawing on his experiences and surroundings John’s musical repertoire includes songs with sincere, intelligent lyrics that are introspective and deeply personal, as well as tunes that are light-hearted and humourous.
John has more than a dozen studio albums out, but fans will tell you that it’s the live show that hooks you and reels you in. Each show is different from the last, with changing arrangements (acoustic and electric accompaniment), material choices, and of course John’s quick wit and banter to draw in the audience. Whether playing solo or accompanied by the ‘Campistas’, John delivers a unique musical experience that does not easily fit into one genre, but is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Over his 25 plus years of playing music (also as long-time co-frontman of Canadian indie darlings The Town Cryers), John has had the honour of sharing the stage with talented acts such as: The Black Crowes, Steve Earle, Snoop Dogg, City and Colour, Drive-By Truckers, Alejandro Escovedo, Alanis Morrisette, Blue Rodeo, David Lindley, Tragically Hip, Donovan, AWOLNATION, Hoodoo Gurus, BoDeans, Dr. and the Medics, Tom Wilson, The Church, VSpyVspy, Nada Surf, Econoline Crush, Weddings Parties Anything, Tom Cochrane, Grapes of Wrath, Nils, and many more…
Astrid is a singer-songwriter with influences that range from classical to heavy rock, with a healthy dose of blues and country in between. Her discography dates back to 1984 and boasts over forty releases, from bands that she has played in, to artists for whom she has sang backup for or played with as a side-musician on bass, keyboards, guitar, or any number of instruments that happened to have been lying around at the time.
Some notable co-writes include Bernie Taupin & Martin Page, Lisa DalBello, Nancy Wilson (Heart), the late West Arkeen (Guns & Roses), and Tom Wilson. Artists she has played or sang with, either live or in the studio, include Neil Young, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Graham Bonnet, Johnny Cash, Nicolette Larson, Gerry Goffin, Graveyard Train, and Dramarama. If you’re a Neil fan, you’ve probably heard her voice on Unplugged, Harvest Moon, Live at Red Rocks (Road Rocks Vol. 2), or Are You Passionate.
Astrid’s solo acoustic shows have been compared to “Alice In Chains Unplugged”, and Music Connection Magazine once said she was “More closely related to Angus”. She has played stages large and small all over the world, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood to Paradiso in Amsterdam. Astrid cites her primary influences as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, and Black Sabbath. She plays a 12-string like it’s a weapon and she isn’t afraid to change strings on the day of a show.
Young has released four solo albums: Brainflower in 1995, Matinee in 2002, Pokalolo Paniolo (as iST) in 2003, and more recently, One Night at Giant Rock, the acid-folk epic which was produced by Victor DeLorenzo, an original Violent Femme.
Astrid is also an author, having penned the Canadian bestseller Being Young: Scott, Neil and Me (2009). She has written several screenplays, made a film, is a certified sommelier, and is currently working on a work of pure, unadulterated genre fiction titled Haunted When The Minutes Drag.
Astrid will be coming to Pressed with husband and drummer Ray Farrugia (Lee Harvey Osmond/Junkhouse).
Website is nowhere near current, but have at it anyway: http://www.astridyoung.net/
All this for a mere $10 at the door!