Petunia returns to Steveston Folk Guild

Petunia lives his life on the road, playing shows across the country. -
Petunia lives his life on the road, playing shows across the country.
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The folk musician known as Petunia returns to the Steveston Folk Guild next Thursday for an outdoor show at Britannia Shipyards.

Petunia has been swingin' and swoonin' audiences at bars, churches, theatres, folk festivals and street corners for a decade and has seven albums to his credit, including his latest, Petunia & the Loons.

The Quebec-raised talent has found a home on the road, playing 150 shows each year in Canada, along with some dates in the States. Many of his shows are with his Vancouver band, the Vipers.

He last played Steveston two years ago.

Petunia spent the early part of his career playing on every major street corner, subway station and park bench in Canada and New York City. He set out picking, grinning and singing his way to a living, and became a regular on the Canadian touring circuit. He became known for his cut-to-the-heart songwriting.

Petunia has a busy summer of touring, playing Edmonton before his Steveston date, and Bella Coola after. With extensive tours under his belt, Petunia boasts a feat of playing with "literally hundreds, and maybe thousands" of musicians throughout his travels.

Petunia and his band play a wide variety of music, drawing heavy influence from rockabilly and western swing. He also has his hand in old-style Quebec country and western.

Also appearing at the Steveston show is Jimmy Roy, who will accompany Petunia on steel guitar.

The July 17 concert will be staged on the grass at Britannia, 5180 Westwater Dr., as part of the Shipyards Summer Music Series. The concert, rain or shine, begins at 7 p.m.; bring a seat or pillow. Admission is by donation.

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