Melody Diachun concert and workshop

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The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture presents a concert and songwriting workshop by award-winning Canadian vocalist/songwriter Melody Diachun. Melody and her band are set to perform in Rossland at Miner’s Hall on the evening of Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm. Earlier that afternoon, Melody will also offer an interactive songwriting workshop. The workshop will take place from 1 to 3 pm, for a $10 fee at the door.

The concert is part of the Kootenay leg of Melody’s ‘Get Back to the Groove Tour 2018’, which simultaneously marks both the release of a new recording and the launch of a new label. ‘The Get Back to the Groove’ EP showcases Melody’s soulful voice and sassy style and demonstrates that she is a playful artist who is at home in the jazz world as well as in the blues and R&B sphere. The production reflects Melody’s love of funk and neo-soul while letting her warm, versatile voice shine. ‘Get Back to the Groove’ is Melody’s fourth album as leader and third self released recording produced by guitarist-bassist, cowriter, mixing engineer and Melody’s husband, Doug Stephenson. 

Released to radio on June 1 of 2018, ‘Get Back to the Groove’ charted in the Top 20 on !earshot’s Canadian National Jazz Charts for the month of July 2018 and peaked at #9 for the week of July 17. “We can’t wait to play this music for everybody,” says Melody.

Joining them at Miner’s Hall is Clinton Swanson on saxes and flute, Mark Spielman on electric bass and Tony Ferraro on drums. The recording is augmented by longtime collaborators Chris Gestrin on Hammond B3, Chris Andrew on keys and by young singer Andrew Matthews on background vocals.

Concert tickets are $25 and are available at the door, on the RCAC website and at Out of the Cellar, 2067 Columbia Avenue, Rossland. The doors open at 7 pm, music starts at 7:30 pm and CDs are available exclusively at live shows.

Songwriting Workshop: Melody brings her experience as lead of the Songwriting Major and vocal instructor in the Contemporary Music & Technology program at Selkirk College in Nelson. Workshop attendees are invited to participate in group songwriting collaborations, try things out and contribute ideas in a positive environment that encourages creativity and development of personal style. This interactive workshop will focus on song form, lyric building exercises, story development and other topics catered to the group. If desired, attendees may bring their own instruments and/or sing. Melody can also offer constructive feedback on original songs.

The ‘Get Back to the Groove Kootenay Tour’ is made possible with funding from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance and Columbia Basin Trust. 

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