Materick now kinder, gentler

Canadian singer/songwriter Ray Materick performs Feb. 26 in downtown Courtenay. - Photo submitted
Canadian singer/songwriter Ray Materick performs Feb. 26 in downtown Courtenay.
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The Society For Artistic Development Comox Valley will sponsor a live performance Feb. 26 by Ray Materick and his band.

Materick has long been regarded as one of the great Canadian singer/songwriters.

He recorded his first album Side-streets in 1972 at the age of 23 and has been making an emotional impact on people wit his rough and honest vocals and his  lyrically unique songs ever since.

His most recent CD, Life and Times (Linus/Warner Music) is a double disc package that documents the rowdy folk-rock anthems and tender love ballads of the past and showcases them with newer songs crafted from Ray's life experiences.

"These days I write and sing songs to inspire people to maybe move in a kinder, gentler direction," says Materick.

"It's a real treat to team up with my bandmates from back in the day (Bill Cymbala, Terry Bramhall and Glen Foster) and to revisit those songs  that made so many folks happy, From what I can tell from rehearsals it's going to a really good time!"

Ray Materick and his band play The Venue Formerly Known as Joe's Garage in Courtenay on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Doors open at 7:30.

Because of limitations set out in the rules for the special occasions licence, tickets must be purchased in advance of the show and are available at Bop City Records. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours early.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8. For more information, phone 250-702-6456.

— Society For Artistic Development Comox Valley

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