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For Ron Sexsmith, there’s always a trigger to an album, something that sets in motion the songs he’s writing not exactly as a concept, but certainly a theme or feel. His last album, Forever Endeavour, was born of a health scare while its predecessor Long Player, Late Bloomer was born of disillusionment. 2015’s Carousel One, however, finds Sexsmith in surprising territory for a man often pegged as a downbeat balladeer: he’s actually contented.
“Oh I hope so. Long Player was quite a grumpy record,” Sexsmith says. “It was uptempo musically but lyrically… not so much. I didn’t realize until we were putting the songs together for Carousel One that this would be more outgoing, there’s a lot more humour. I mean, there’s even a smiling picture on the cover, which I’ve never had before. I just hope it doesn’t scare the children.”
Self-deprecating almost to a fault, Ron has been a critical success ever since his self-titled debut back in 1995, winning the admiration of major league songwriters such as Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney along the way. Commercial success, however, has not been so forthcoming for the boy from the blue-collar town of St. Catharines, Ontario.
“Well,” he chuckles, “I guess I was chasing stardom at one point, but then I stopped. To be honest, I think the lack of commercial success has been more annoying to the folks around me. I sometimes get people saying ‘Why aren’t you playing stadiums?’ Well, it’s certainly no mystery to me why I’m not. It’s just not that kind of music. I really didn’t expect the Long Player album to do as well as it did either. Not that it sold like “Lady Gaga” but it did do pretty wellfor me. It even led to us headlining the Royal Albert Hall in 2013. My career was given a much needed kick in the pants which I didn’t see coming. I thought those days were gone for me, but it definitely reawakened a dormant fan base, especially in the UK. Since then, I feel like I’ve got my career back.”
Actor and musician Sam Palladio grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded by the beaches, surf and wild coastline of Cornwall.
But it was in Music City USA, Nashville Tennessee, that Sam got his acting and musical big break playing the character of Gunnar Scott on ABC’s hit TV Drama “Nashville.”
Working closely with executive music producers T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller, Sam found himself immersed in the worlds of Americana, folk and country and has made music with some of the finest musicians and songwriters in the world, as well as showcased his talents to over 6 million viewers a week on prime time TV.
Sam says, “I’m thrilled to be on the road with Ron, an artist of such great integrity and one who I greatly admire. To have the chance to connect to fans and make some new friends across these beautiful European cities, is really exciting”
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar – open ’til 3am.