Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quick Hitters:: Jill Barber

I've written things to this effect before, but it's time to come out and say it: Our town has more talented female singer/songwriters per capita than yours. There it is, I've put it out there. I know what you're thinking "preposterous, my town has plenty of telented female singer/songwriters!", and that may be true, but sorry friend. Per capita, Halifax just has more, and that's a fact. According to me. Don't make me break out my beakers and chalkboard equations to prove it, because I will.

Bluster aside, I do have proof: Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, Rebekah Higgs, Cristina Martin, Meaghan Smith, Amelia Curran, Erin Costelo, Tanya Davis, and Ruth Minnikin are but a few of the talented ladies making waves both here in Halifax and across the country. You'll notice the list doesn't even include Jill Barber, and that's because Jill moved to Vancouver earlier this year. For love of all things! Really, how is love going to keep the creative juices flowing like our ice cold ocean and precipitation-filled weather forecasts can? Oh wait...

Anyway, Jill's new album, Chances, is earning plaudits left right and centre, and who are we to deny her some hill-based plaudits just because she left our fair city? Like so many Ultimate obsessed frosh from her native Upper Canada, she was here for a but a brief moment, we had no right to expect her to stay forever.

Anyway, we're getting a little misty-eyed here and perhaps embarrassing ourselves, but it's nothing a little sampling of Jill's timeless, smokey vocals can't fix. And I do mean smokey - that term is likely over used these days where female singers are concerned, but it is absolutely bang-on where Jill Barber is concerned.

So have a listen to Oh My My from Chances, and check for Jill if she's visiting your town (or continent, Australia, you lucky devils).

December 18th, 2008 - New South Wales, AUS - The Basement
December 19th, 2008 - Bulli, AUS - The Heritage Hotel
December 20th, 2008 - Cronulla, AUS - The Brass Monkey
December 26th, 2008 - Queensland, AUS - The Woodford Folk Festival
December 31st, 2008 - Glenworth Valley, AUS - Peat's Ridge Festival
January 4th, 2009 - Bulli, AUS - The Heritage Hotel
January 5th, 2009 - Newtown, NSW, AUS - The Vanguard
January 7th, 2009 - Kincumber, NSW, AUS - Lizotte's
January 8th, 2009 - Brisbane, QLD, AUS - The Troubadour
January 9th, 2009 - Adelaide, SA, AUS - Jive
January 10th, 2009 - Victoria, AUS - East Brunswick Club
January 11th, 2009 - Hobarts, TAS - The Republic Bar
January 14th, 2009 - Newtown, NSW, AUS - The Vanguard
January 15th, 2009 - Cronulla, NSW, AUS - The Brass Monkey
February 12th, 2009 - Belleville, ON - The Empire Theatre
February 13th, 2009 - Peterborough, ON - Showplace Theatre Lounge
February 14th, 2009 - Kingston, ON - The Grand Theatre
February 15th, 2009 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
February 18th, 2009 - Toronto, ON - First Canadian Place
February 19th, 2009 - Wakefield, QC - The Blacksheep Inn
February 20th, 2009 - Wakefield, QC - The Blacksheep Inn
February 21st, 2009 - Toronto, ON - Diesel Playhouse
February 26th, 2009 - Kitchener, ON - Centre In The Square
February 27th, 2009 - Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre

Posted at 2:36 PM by naedoo :: 2 comments

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At 11:03 PM, Blogger Jill did sayeth:

Thank-you- that was sweet!!

xo jb


At 1:07 PM, OpenID bootlog did sayeth:

We here in Kingston feel your pain, HH. Our heart was broken when she left us. Thankfully she tours like a champion and stops by now and again to make sure we are getting on ok and to let us know she hasn't forgotten about us.

But seriously, Jill Barber is all kinds of wonderful. I've said it before, I'll say it again, I'll shout it from the roof tops: Jill Barber is the cats pyjamas. And the new album is absolutely, positively GORGEOUS.


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