Free music Friday at CNC
Two musicians who are performing at Prince George’s Coldsnap Festival are playing at a special noon-hour concert at CNC on Friday, Jan. 25.
Jake Morley, a singer/songwriter based in the U.K., and Benedict Beattie, a singer/songwriter from Prince George, will perform in Rm. 1-306 during the lunch hour. Admission is free.
That will be followed by an international panel conversation featuring CNC students from Botswana, Suriname, Turkey, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Chile and Rwanda.
“Benedict is a university student and is very interested in connecting with international students,” said his mom and promoter Jo Beattie, owner of Prince George-based Damer Agency. “He spent a year in the U.K., which opened his eyes to what homesickness, the need to reach out and develop community is all about.”
Surrounded by a family involved in music, Benedict first picked up a guitar at age 12 and created his own style, a mix between bossa nova and popular song. In 2011-12, Benedict played at various venues in B.C., the U.S. and the U.K.
“Benedict is developing a distinctive West Coast-flavoured, jazzy, folksy vibe,” said Jo Beattie. “His stage presence has been described as ‘imagine a hugely likable Hugh Grant innocence that somehow wins audiences, crossed with a sincere, whimsical delivery.’”
Prince George is one of Jake Morley’s first stops in Canada on his first tour of North America. He’s excited about visiting with CNC international students.
“Jake sees himself as part of the international music community,” said his Canadian-based agent Jo Beattie. “This is a big, cultural experience for him and he can definitely relate to new beginnings. Music reaches out to all people regardless of homeland and he is keen to transcend borders.”