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Bruce Wing & Judy Brunet
Saying Hello, Feeling Goodbye

Review by: Joanna Finch

"My heart started beating faster as soon as I heard the first notes of 'Out Of The Blue'. Judy's rich voice and the lush, jazzy arrangements on her new CD, 'Saying Hello Feeling Goodbye' has immediate appeal. Through the honesty of her writing, Judy connects to the listener on a very personal level, while still maintaining a thoughtful, mysterious quality, similar to great women lyricists Joni Mitchel, Joan Armatrading and Carly Simon. There is something familiar and comforting about these new songs, yet distinctive in their originality. There are gentle and hip swaying songs, folk with jazz undertones, catchy songs with great instrumentation. Judy's partner in love and music, Bruce Wing, has co-written some of the material and his arrangements have helped things take a new direction from 'Pieces of View', Judy's solo debut, (2002- Independent). He is a true 'sideman' who is tremendously talented at wholeheartedly enhancing the artistic ability of others. In live performances it is heart warming how the two support one another to bring their songs to life. These new songs are a little more musically sophisticated than 'Pieces of View' that showcased Judy's ability to write true blue, soon to be Canadian classics like 'Islander'. On 'Saying Hello Feeling Goodbye' Judy distinguishes
herself as a songwriter with an ability to pen songs that feel so familiar because of simple human truths spoken softly and sweetly by this gentle souled Vancouver Island treasure. This is a CD with which you will want to become intimate."

jobird MUSIC
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Judy Brunet
Pieces Of View

Judy Brunet comes back to the Comox Valley from the island community of Sointula, BC where she has delighted audiences for many years. This memorable acoustic performer and songwriter brings a unique style and repertoire to the stage. Her warm vocals, expressive nuances, and insightful lyrics have been an enjoyable addition to North Island fundraisers, coffee houses, festivals, and community events for many years.
 
Born in southern Alberta, and raised in Calgary, she grew up listening to her mom's favorite country artists. Her love for singing naturally led to a love for performing and included regular appearances on "Calgary Safety Roundup", a telelvision program featuring young talent. After moving to Vancouver Island she spent her teen years in the Comox Valley absorbing the sounds of Christine McVie, Carly Simon, and Carole King among others. She also learned to play the guitar and began writing songs of her own, as well as short stories and comedic monologues.
 
Generously supported by those who have appreciated her musical contributions, Judy produced her debut CD "Pieces of View" from her home, and released it in November 2002. The album is a mix of original blues, easy listening, and spiritual songs, and features additional Sointula musicians Randy Stark, Andre Kaufmann, and Liz Harvey.
 
A second recording, "Persuaded" is in the works and Judy looks forward to new opportunities to develop her skills as a producer, writer, musician, and performer.

Produced by Judy Brunet
Engineered and mixed by Judy Brunet
Technical Advisor : Adam Mloszewski
Photos by Betty Carlson
Design & Layout by fish@indiepool.com
Manufactured by Indie Pool

Liz Harvey: Mandolin
Lori Anderson: Vocal #1
Andre Kaufmann: Drum track Electric Bass & Guitar # 3,7 - Arrangement #3
Randy Stark: Acoustic Guitar # 2,6,11/Bass 2,8/Electric Guitar 5,8,9 - Arrangement #2,8
Judy Brunet: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard/Drum Tracks


 

Lesley Baker
Lead The Way

Saskia Munroe
Saskia

Saskia Munroe - Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals & Bass

Nathan Tinkham - Guitar & Dobro

Molly Newman - Percussion

Caridwen Irvine - Fiddle

Michael Brooks - Mandolin

Sue Pyper
Before You Learn To Fly

Tammy Fassaert Corner of My Eye

Featuring: John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, David Mosher, Nathan Tinkham, Byron Myhre, Chris Stevens, Jordy Sharp, Paul Bergman and others

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Tammy's second solo album 'Corner of My Eye', (released in 2000) includes four brilliant new songs from Tammy, with impressive playing by a cast of luminaries under the keen direction of producer and mandolinist John Reischman. This internationally acclaimed release has further enhanced an already rich musical pedigree that has seen her perform and record in bands with acoustic music stars such as Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Jeff White, Grammy winner Sally Van Meter and Scott Nygaard. Tammy also hand picks back-up players for tours, who recently have included John Reischman, Michigander David Mosher, Ian Tyson alumnus Nathan Tinkham, and Alberta's popular bluegrass band Jerusalem Ridge.

An accomplished musician with a healthy sense of humor and a strong grasp of human nature, Tammy Fassaert has developed over the years into a fine songwriter and compelling performer. Tammy has gone well beyond her original roots in traditional bluegrass and is now a welcome figure in contemporary folk and acoustic circles as well.

Billboard Magazine recently dubbed Tammy "one of the leading figures in Canada's vibrant West Coast folk music scene". "She has grown into a mature and confident singer/ songwriter and song interpreter" declares the Vancouver Province newspaper. Tammy has a strong, clear unadorned singing style; The Victoria Times-Colonist describes it as "the sound of wood smoke and clear mountain streams, ancient echoes of folk and country music before the business men in designer cowboy boots stole the music ..." Bluegrass Unlimited comments on her musical depth: "She's incorporated all manner of sophisticated and earthy American musical influences into her own superb vocal style".

Todd Butler A Canadian Loonie