Geddes: Seasoned musician Devon Bjarnason making name for himself

Devon Bjarnason is maybe better known as one half of Kelowna’s acoustic rock duo devonandkevin, but he is now making waves under his newest solo project; Devon Coyote.

  • Wed Mar 16th, 2011 8:00pm
  • Life

Devon Bjarnason

Devon Bjarnason is maybe better known as one half of Kelowna’s acoustic rock duo devonandkevin, but he is now making waves under his newest solo project; Devon Coyote.

Devon is hands down one of the most entertaining singer/songwriters to see on stage. He spends countless hours practising and mastering his craft and this comes through in his live performance.

Truly a one-man band, Devon circulates through a number of guitars and instruments during his set and each contributes to his unique style and pays tribute to his many different influences including rock, folk, blues and country.

Over the past decade Devon has had the opportunity to play more than 350 shows across Western Canada and the Northwest Territories, sharing the stage with well-known artists such as Juno Award winner Alex Cuba, country super stars Emerson Drive, Bif Naked, Econoline Crush, West Coast surf rockers Current Swell, BC Music’s male performer of the year Ari Neufeld and The Malibu Knights.

Devon was also nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 2009 B.C. Interior Music Awards.

Devon recently released a four-song EP titled The Tri Colour EP which gives fans a bit of a taste of what is to come on his upcoming album Blue, Black and Grey, which is set to be released this spring. The EP is available for download on www.devoncoyote.com.

Check out Always in the Gray where Devon shows off his slide steel guitar and a definitive alt-country howl.

Devon Coyote will be playing at Habitat on Saturday, March 19 and will be opening up for the Madman’s Gospel who will be celebrating their CD release party.

The Madman’s Gospel is a Vancouver-based quintet who formed in 2009. Their CD release party will mark the launch of their self-titled album written and recorded in 2010.

Madman’s Gospel solidified their songwriting process as each song was introduced to the band as just a skeleton of a song and then each member tweaked and edited until it changed from a bare bones recording to a fully orchestrated piece.

Every member of the Madman’s Gospel brings their own musical influences together to create a unique sound which employs simple and honest songwriting spiked with contemporary sounds and styles. With lyrics that range from heart wrenching to downright saucy and energetic live performances, even the non-believers will soon be preaching the Madman’s Gospel.

Tickets for the Madman’s Gospel CD release party, featuring Devon Coyote at Habitat (248 Leon Ave.) on March 19, are $15. That includes a copy of the Madman’s Gospel’s album.

Tickets are available online at estore.thehabitat.ca or at the doors.

For more information visit www.thehabitat.ca.

Pyper Geddes is the general manager of The Habitat in downtown

Kelowna and an A-OK contributor.

pyper@thehabitat.ca