December 18th, 7 PM @ The Phoenix Theatre
Paul Gellman with Brad Shipley, Brian McMahon, and Phil Frisson featuring Jake Galbraith, Sandy Lucken, and NEAVV in a night of mostly Canadian music.
This evening showcases great Canadian music with some of the finest Gabriola musicians! Original compositions from Paul and NEAVV will be featured as well as Canadian songs from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, and more! There will be a wide variety of great voices, instruments, styles and entertainment!
Born in Toronto in 1953, Paul was immersed from the very beginning in a musical environment. His older brother, Steven, was a well-known Canadian composer and retired professor of music at the University of Ottawa. It was his early influence that inspired him to pursue musical studies. Starting at six years old, he studied violin and piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Paul also studied theory, ear training, and was a member of the Conservatory String Orchestra.
At fifteen, Paul was lured into more popular music and began exploring songwriting and performing in rock bands. He toured with bar bands on the Ontario and then the B.C. circuits. These included Medicine Wheel, Wild Blue Yonder, and others. In 1973, he joined the Canadian group The Perth County Conspiracy, recording and touring with them across Canada.
Since then, Paul has written over 150 songs in an eclectic range of styles combining rock, pop, folk, blues, and more! He’s performed solo and with his own band throughout Ontario and Bc, as well as working as a sideman, musical director, and music coach for many other ensembles.
NEAVV is an alternative synth pop artist, songwriter and producer, who also just happens to have a Masters in Opera Performance. She’s been writing for over fifteen year and has been repeatedly recognized for her powerful vocals, strong lyrics, and catchy songwriting. Currently signed to a publishing deal with Last Gang Records, NEAVV’s songs have been played on Canadian mainstream radio, charted in the top 10 of US college radio, and featured in film and TV shows. She has also shared the stage with contemporaries Dear Rouge, Bedouin Soundclash, Mother Mother, Scott Helman, among others.