Fri. May 6: Allison Brown returns to FM Lounge

Posted: May 6, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Live Performances, Previews
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Allison Brown has been wowing alt. country fans for years now and we here in Windsor have been treated to her several times before. But we’re going to be spoiled now that she’s moved to the area and tonight is a taste of more to come. Drawing on old-time classic country sounds interspersed with gospel, her sound is comparable to such amazing talents as Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch. Honest and moving, with the right amount of passion. She is still touring promoting her latest release, last year’s Viper at the Virgin’s Feet.

She’s bringing another troubadour with her, Kingston’s Will Gillespie, whose indie pop is somewhere between Ron Sexsmith and Elvis Costello. Quirky and minimalistic, with almost a vaudevillian vibe, Gillespie’s sound is a stark contrast to Brown’s, but that will only enhance the show itself. The pair are being accompanied by Waterloo multi-instrumentalist “Uncle” Dan Henshall.

Opening the show is another Windsor-Essex folk staple, Erin Gignac. Erin has been one of Windsor’s finest songwriters for the better part of a decade, both solo and as a member of Dresden Sky. If Joni Mitchell wrote songs with Kathleen Edwards, they would sound like Erin’s. She’s being accompanied tonight by bassist Paul Loncke (The Locusts Have No King, Years of Ernest).

Allison Brown with special guests Will Gillespie and Erin Gignac, The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, main level), Friday May 6, 9pm

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