The uniquely talented Canadian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Minnikin has been a worker in song since the 1990s, both as a soloist and in collaboration with a range of hugely talented artists. His sound is located in country music and has a rawness of passion that one would expect from the tradition. His remarkable voice grabs you instantly. It is rich, layered, deep and full of texture and longing. Across a number of albums with various musicians and bands, his songs have shifted and developed, but all remain rooted by the same bold heart.
With the 2012 release of Parakeets with Parasols Gabriel created an album of epic musical richness and depth. The lyrics bursting with potency remain, but are beautifully swelled by a full orchestra. The vast range of instruments is woven together to form a vibrant dialogue; they complement each other, occasionally sparring to draw you in. But Gabriel unquestionably knows when to pare the sound back, to rein the energy in and leave you in pools of peace where you sink fully into the songs. Female vocals are scattered throughout Gabriel’s work, reflecting a tough steeliness and tender melancholy.
Extraordinary on albums, Gabriel also takes on the role of master of ceremonies at live shows with charisma. Touring he has played with First Aid Kit, Justin Townes Earle, The Handsome Family and Caitlin Rose among others. He has earned his stripes playing and touring with his exceptionally talented and wondrous sister Ruth as The Minnikins supporting Jools Holland and Jose Ganzalez. Gabriel currently plays solo and with his band, full of grit and fire, The Fast Country. Catch this man.
Support comes in the form of one of our favourite local singer-songwriters, Jo Rose, whose last outings for us were supported Jesca Hoop and Simone Felice.
Official Website: http://crd.fm/1Rn
Added by heymanchester on August 6, 2012