Songwriters play at Artspace

Joanna Chapman-Smith, along with fellow songbird James Lamb play Artspace on March 10.   - Photo submitted
Joanna Chapman-Smith, along with fellow songbird James Lamb play Artspace on March 10.
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Canadian songwriters Joanna Chapman-Smith and James Lamb will be at Artspace on March 10 for an intimate setting music performance.

In her Feb. 22 news release, Chapman-Smith says she is returning to Artspace with fellow folkie James Lamb to spend a cozy Sunday afternoon of masterful guitar playing, powerful voices and moving songs.

Chapman-Smith was raised in Toronto, born to a multi-cultural family with roots from New Zealand to Italy. Her work is unique and vast in scope. She moves from jazz to walk, folk to flamenco, tying together a world of sounds with her rare vocal skill. The artist has toured widely in Canada and Europe and her travels tend to show up in her stories and music. The award-winning songwriter just released a new album, Love Me Deeply, which has already received rave reviews.

Stuart Derdeyn, The Province, says:

“Love Me Deeply is the sort of love-and-loss album that can’t but grab anyone who hears it by the gut... her fluid, folky voice literally dances through heart-wrenching lyrics of despair and spiritual blackening yet leaves you smiling knowingly all the way.”

Lamb is a Canadian songwriter born to a large family of folk musicians from the Kootenay Mountains in British Columbia. Since 2005, Lamb has toured across the country performing on large stages and in tiny rural nooks. His live presentation can haunt a room with thoughtful joy, his unique voice, his fascinating composition and commanding stage presence can plunge even the noisiest bar goers into mesmerized silence.

The pair will also head to Vale-mount, B.C. March 11 to 15 to teach music in the local schools through Songbirds Travelling Music School, an initiative started by Chapman-Smith in fall 2011 to bring touring musicians into communities for teaching.

“I recognized a desire and a need on both parts,” she said. “The desire for musicians to get more community engagement in the towns we visit and on the part of music-loving communities who are suffering from current arts-funding cuts.”

Joanna Chapman-Smith and James Lamb perform live at Artspace on Sunday, March 10. Show starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.


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