With the retreat of snowbanks, April showers brings May flowers and some pretty awesome tunes to get you through the muddy weeks ahead. Our first #ygkPlaylist for Spring features three notable, local acts, all of whom have been included on a past playlist. In each case, their appearance on this month’s version coincides with the release of new material, a new project, and/or new extended touring opportunities. Once again, this playlist reflects the diversity, strength and endurance of Kingston’s rich music scene. Hit play on the #ygkPlaylist for April 2018, and be sure to catch these hard working folks wherever they perform out in the wild!
Chris Morris: this Kingston-native began performing at the age of 14 and has developed a repertoire of solo material rooted in folk and various acoustic-based styles. His music blends together various complimentary genres including folk, blues, roots and alt-country. Chris is a champion of local and unknown artists, having established a concert promotion business in 2002 that produced over 250 concerts over a 4 year span, which brought in the likes of Arcade Fire and k-Os. After 25 years of promoting and playing music, Chris is gearing up to release his first solo record titled I Know This All Too Well. Find Chris on SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter.
The Wilderness: within their first 3 years as a band The Wilderness have transformed themselves from a bunch of miscreant youths who play music for free beer to full time musicians who hardly ever leave their van. In 2017 alone The Wilderness played over 150 shows and are fast approaching the 400 show mark since their inception in early 2015. The band are now planning on some new releases and more shows across North America for 2018. The group consists of: Jonas Lewis-Anthony, Sacha Léah, Tõnu Karl Tombak, Henry Lawrence, Liam Neale and new addition Nicholas Lennox. Find The Wilderness on Facebook, BandCamp and YouTube.
Lars Dot Tron: this electronica artist is tricky to promote because I couldn’t find anything about him online other than his Soundcloud account. Going by a pseudonym didn’t help either but his tunes are pretty great listening. Here’s how he describes himself: “Making some music with whatever I can. Exploring the highly elastic substance that permeates all space, including the interstices between the particles of matter, and to be the medium whose vibrations constituted light and other electromagnetic radiation. Or whatever…”
Every month, we comb Soundcloud looking for sounds that are unique to Kingston. We are constantly seeking out active musicians to show off to the local community and beyond. If you’re a musician who wants to be included in a future #ygkPlaylist, the first step is to get your original music up on Soundcloud and then follow us. We promise to follow you back, listen to your work and consider it for the monthly #ygkPlaylist.
Photo credit to Jim Vance.