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THE CAIRN QUARTET
“One of the most compelling acts Canada has to offer.” (TIME Magazine)
“Exquisite.” (The National Post)
“4 out of 4stars!” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star)
“A national treasure.” (Exclaim!)
“(Land & Sea) is Slean’s masterpiece.” (The Montreal Gazette)
“Immaculately crafted….a significant pop record.” (CBC – The Hour)
“Slean’sunique poetic style is reminiscent of Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen” – (Time Magazine)
Described as “one of the most compelling acts Canada has to offer” (TIME Magazine) and nominated three times for her country’s top music prize (The Juno Awards), multi-faceted Canadian singer/songwriter/pianist Sarah Slean is hitting her stride. With her latest release, the ambitious double album “Land & Sea,” Slean has created what The Montreal Gazette calls “a masterpiece.”
Equal parts hooky songster and elegant maestro, Sarah’s latest opus is a dazzling study of contrasts. Land, a warm, gleeful spasm of unabashed pop/rock, is full of Slean’s signature lyrics, big voice and powerful piano chops, produced by Canadian darling Joel Plaskett and mixed by Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson. Sea is a collection of nine cinematic, orchestral jaw-droppers, four of which were scored for 21 strings by Sarah herself. With the help of renowned producer/film composer Jonathan Goldsmith (Jane Siberry, Bruce Cockburn) and award-winning engineer Jeff Wolpert (Loreena McKennitt) Sea is “an awe-inspiring panorama of the mature poet and musician” containing “echoes of Gustav Mahler, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Weill.” (Toronto Star).
Over her career Slean’s recordings have incorporated aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestral, all knitted together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and – that voice: “a 19th century Kate Bush” (CBC). And she’s no less accomplished onstage. An established theatre attraction in Canada, Sarah has also opened for Bryan Ferry, Andrew Bird, Ron Sexsmith and Buck 65 in Europe.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of Jaime Nanci and the Blue Boys in the front bar (9pm, Free).