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Three musicians set to perform in Nelson and Ymir

Vancouver folk musician Leathan Milne will perform in Ymir on Friday and in Nelson on Saturday, along with Brandon Hoffman and Shawn Stephenson. - publicity photo
Vancouver folk musician Leathan Milne will perform in Ymir on Friday and in Nelson on Saturday, along with Brandon Hoffman and Shawn Stephenson.
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Tiny Lights and Booksmyth Underground have teamed up to bring Leathan Milne, Brandon Hoffman and Shawn Stephenson to our area for two shows at two different venues on April 18 and 19.

The three musicians will perform their folk and ambient electronic music on Friday at Ymir Schoolhouse and Saturday at Nelson’s Booksmyth Underground.

Leathan Milne writes songs of loss and longing. A soulful and emotional performer, Leathan’s stage presence gives off a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, like spending time with an old friend.

Milne’s debut album The Outcome of Weather received national acclaim, and was featured on the CBC Television drama Arctic Air.

Accompanied by Brandon Hoffman of Blocktreat and Craig Aalders, Milne’s intricately crafted songs take form in sprawling introspective soundscapes.

Hoffman appeared at Booksmyth Underground in August for the inaugural Songwriters Circle.  Hoffman, a talented multi-instrumentalist and producer, works cross genres cultivating musical styles from bluegrass to electronica.

Hoffman’s latest project, Blocktreat, layers found sounds, field recordings, acoustic and electronic textures to create an evolving mosaic. Cutting up recordings of bluegrass jam sessions and tree-planting bush camps, his music is as nostalgic as it is progressive.

With three releases on the Jellyfish Recordings label, Blocktreat may be heard regularly on The Signal with Laurie Brown.

Shawn Stephenson, opens the Ymir Schoolhouse show. Shawn is a solo multi-instrumental, award winning musician from Ymir. His signature sound, which he calls progressive acoustic, is a blend of fingerstyle guitar, world beat percussion, vocals, and an occasional dose of woodwinds and other sonic spices.

The Friday evening performance at the Ymir Schoolhouse (7306 Third Avenue in Ymir)opens at 8 p.m. with music beginning at 8:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $10, available at The Goods in Ymir.

The Saturday performance is  at Booksmyth Underground (338 Baker Street in Nelson). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 to $10, sliding scale.

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