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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Double bill solo performances at Stratford’s Revival House spotlights contrasting Canadian singers-songwriters

Oh Susanna + Sunparlour Players = unforgettable music
Stratford, ON (April 24, 2018) – String Bone Presents! another exceptional double bill concert at Revival House on May 4, 2018. Canadian singers-songwriters Oh Susanna and the Sunparlour Players have quite contrasting musical styles, but both produce unforgettable music. This will certainly be a concert to remember.

With eight critically acclaimed albums, numerous awards and nominations, as well as mountains of international critical acclaim, Canadian singer-songwriter Suzanne Ungerleider, who writes and performs under the name Oh Susanna, represents the pinnacle of great signwriting.

This rootsy Toronto-based songstress has been described as having “a voice that can pierce a heart of stone.” Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of “troubled souls, longing and love, small town joys and pains, and of our simple feelings and strong passions tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts.”

She is the recipient of a Genie Award for Best Original Song and a Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. She has been twice nominated for a Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, as well as two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Solo Performer and for Best Contemporary Singer of the Year. Her CD, entitled A Girl in Teen City, has earned high critical acclaim and collected three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations: English Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year and Producer of the Year. 

 Performing since 1996, Oh Susanna has released eight critically acclaimed albums: Oh Susanna EP (1997), Johnstown (1999), Sleepy Little Sailor (2001), Oh Susanna (2003), Short Stories (2007), Soon the Birds (2011), Namedropper (2014) and A Girl in Teen City (2017).

Toronto’s multi-instrumental roots/rock/folk duo Sunparlour Players are the creative team of Andrew Penner (lead vocals, guitar, bass, banjo, bass organ pedals, percussion, kick drum) and Michael "Rosie" Rosenthal (backing vocals, drums, glockenspiel, banjo, keyboards, bass). Considered one of the best live acts in Canada, the Sunparlour Players have captivated audiences for years with their eloquent lyrics, passionate vocals and fiery onstage energy. 

“If you have not seen the Sunparlour Players perform live, you're missing out on a powerful transformative experience,” says Alan Neal, host of CBC Radio Ottawa’s All in a Day.

Together Penner and Rosenthal embrace both the dark and light in their songs, exploring dusty landscapes, rural backdrops and desolate times matched with the fervour and joy of a gospel revival, and usually all within one song. On stage, they take their fans through a roller coaster of emotion and energy with thunderous stomping one moment, followed by delicate strumming the next.

The Sunparlour Players have performed with Mumford & Sons, Blue Rodeo and Plants & Animals, as well as their own headlining schedule of shows in barns, backyards, theatres and clubs. They have also scored music for film and television and have four critically acclaimed albums to their credit: Hymns For The Happy (2007), Wave North (2009) and Us Little Devils (2011), The Living Proof (2014).

Now in its third season, String Bone Presents! brings the best of Canadian folk-roots to the stage at Stratford's Revival House with eight (8) concerts each season. The concert series is curated and directed by Canadian singer-songwriter Barry James Payne, who is the frontman for the roots-Americana band String Bone and he also performs for the Celtic-fusion band Rant Maggie Rant.

Tickets for the Live at Revival House concert series are available at https://stringbonepresents.com/. The website also contains information about dinner reservations at Revival House and accommodation at Foster’s Inn. Dinner is optional, but encouraged and must be reserved separately through the venue.

Revival House, formerly the Church Restaurant, is one of Stratford’s most iconic buildings. A former Baptist church-turned-fine dining restaurant, Revival House is co-owned and operated by Stratford native Rob Wigan and his wife Candice Wigan. The 1,676-square-metre property was gutted in the spring of 2014 and its majestic interior transformed into a “smart casual” restaurant and lounge with an expansive kitchen that embraces the local farm to table concept. Revival House was featured in enRoute, Air Canada’s inflight travel magazine, as a “must visit” spot to enjoy while visiting southern Ontario.

Event: Oh Susanna + Sunparlour Players in concert
DateFriday, May 4, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Revival House, 70 Brunswick St., Stratford, ON  N5A 6V6
Admission: $25 in advance (+HST, +FEES) – general seating
Tickets: www.stringbonepresents.com (concert only), 519-273-3424 (dinner reservation)
More informationwww.stringbonepresents.com

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Mary-Lou Schagena
Live at Revival House Concert Series

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