Many Canadian music fans know Joel Plaskett from his multiple JUNO Awards, nominations on the Polaris Music Prize Short List, and sold out clubs and concert halls from one side of the country to the other. But now he is sharing the spotlight with his earliest musical influence – his father Bill Plaskett.
In support of their collaborative record, Solidarity, the father and son pair are taking their new sound on the road for a string of tour dates beginning March 15 with special guests, Mayhemingways. They perform in Kelowna on March 29 at Mary Irwin Theatre.
Solidarity is a powerful collection of original and traditional songs, reflecting the duo’s individual journeys and personal politics.
From the introspective opening track Dragonfly, a song about a paranormal experience that Joel had, to On Down The River, Bill’s closing track about leaving his home in England, the album is grounded in folk music but informed by rock and roll history.
The 11 songs on Solidarity are varied and personal, yet expressive of interconnecting themes. Folk-based political songs like We Have Fed You All for a Thousand Years and Jim Jones sit side by side with contemplative love songs No Sight Compares and New California, a touch of rockabilly country blues Help Me Somebody Depression Blues, and more fully arranged folk rock songs of contemporary social commentary Blank Cheque.
Solidarity is a surprising and unique album, full of strong guitar playing and thoughtful, accessible songs.
An excellent addition to the Plaskett catalogue and hopefully the first of many for the Plasketts.
Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents BILL & JOEL PLASKETT with Special Guests MAYHEMINGWAYS Wednesday, March 29 at the Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre For The Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna.
Tickets are $39.50 (plus Facility Fee & Service Charges), available at the Box Office (Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 8:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 8:00pm) or online at www.rotarycentreforthearts.com.
Doors 7:00 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m..