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Switzer goes For the Birds at The Royal on Sunday

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
June 17th, 2011

Nelson musician Aspen Switzer is on the road with Genevieve Rainey and Elaine Ryan and they’ll be in Nelson at The Royal on Baker this Sunday playing as For the Birds.

All three musicians placed in the top six of Vancouver’s Lilith Local Talent Search, an online songwriting contest geared towards drumming up new talent for Sarah McLachlan’s 2010 “Lilith” tour.

Switzer is a Nelson-based singer-songwriter whose second album, Humble but Bearing No Apology, won best Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year and best Roots/Word Recording of the Year at the 2009 BC Interior Music Awards.

Since releasing her first CD in 2006, Switzer has performed for audiences from Victoria to Charlottetown. She’s played diverse venues, fringe festivals and music festivals including the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues festival.

Genevieve Rainey has been dazzling audiences since her teenage year playing clubs in Montreal. She writes songs like a cowgirl lassoes a wayward calf.

You can almost hear her chasing an idea around the muddy corral of thought, wrapping her mind around its legs and dragging it home for dinner.

Genevieve won first runner up in the 10th Annual Canadian Music Week National Songwriting contest.

Elaine Ryan made waves with her debut full-length album, Songs from the River, released last May and recorded a new single this year with Grammy-Award winning engineer, Dave Russel.

This May she shared the stage with Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers. Elaine had her song Dream of Peace featured on a Charity compilation album in support of Martin Luther King’s legacy.

She has won songwriting contests, busked across Europe, and played at festivals in Austin, Montreal, Toronto, Maui and B.C.

Presenting their songs in an “in the round” format in which all three are on stage, taking turns singing lead vocals on their original songs, For the Birds blend their voices to create soulful harmonies, backing each other up on guitar and ukulele.

Each performer brings to the stage her own unique style and range. Stirred together they make for a potent brew. One sonic sip and you’ll be hooked.

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