The Christmas Carol Project - cast bio
Bill Bourne loves to collaborate. His most recent collaboration is with
the Free Radio Band. Their 2011 CD "Bluesland" is available internationally
from True North Records. Other collaborations: with Bop Ensemble,
Alan MacLeod, Shannon Johnson, Hans Staymer and Andreas Schuld,
Lester Quitzau & Madagascar Slim and Eivør Pålsdottir, as well as his
solo projects, have all attained award status. A multiple Juno Award winner,
Bill has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances.
A mainstay on the international roots scene, life on the road is reflected in
Bill's music - powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in World Beat,
Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Flamenco, Funk, Poetry and more.
Al Brant has always been a natural at connecting with people.
That skill facilitates his intimate style of performing and recording.
The new recording WIDE OPEN features some of Canada's top
musicians as the core band. Kevin Breit ( Harry Manx, Nora Jones)
Gary Graig (Blackie &the Rodeo Kings) and Mike Lent (Jann Arden,
KD Lang) who also produced and played bass on the recording.
Al is also a contracted artist at University of Alberta Hospital
"Artist on the Wards" program. He writes and performs his songs
at the patients' bedsides.
Dave Clarke is no stranger to A Christmas Carol having played roles in
Theatre Calgary's version, abd Scrooge himself at Workshop West Theatre.
Favourite gigs include Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream (Theatre Calgary),
Cosi (Regina's Globe Theatre), The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband,
Hard Seel (both Northern Lights Theatre), Three Viewings (Shadown Theatre),
The Carrot Warrior and Venus Rising (Ghost River Theatre). Dave is co-founder
of Edmonton's generic theatre, producers of Mistero Buffo (High Performance
Rodeo), Geek Love, The Dead Rats and the Doctor Grot plays. Dave recently
performed the Hypnotist in Tim Crouch's An Oak Tree.
This long, lean guitar picker from Alberta conjures up his own brand of
raw folk voodoo. Critics unanimously agree, Cook's obvious ace is his
lyrics. From haunting ballads to edgy country blues his songs often
reflect his western roots. Cook tours as a solo artist as well as
working with a rockin' four piece band. Recently he's been exploring the
world of film, scoring the music for the documentary "One More Mile".
His new recording "Calahoo" has just been released.
Juno-nominated Maria Dunn is a storyteller through song. Melding North
American folk music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she writes about
the resilience and grace of "ordinary" people, as on her 2004 CD: We
Were Good People. The Peddler (2008), features songs largely inspired
by her love of Celtic music. (Produced by Shannon Johnson, with song
arrangements by Maria and 2007 Juno Award winners, The McDades). Maria
performs at folk clubs, theatres and festivals in Canada, USA (2006
Smithsonian Folk Life Festival) and Europe (2008 Celtic Connections).
Bill Hobson is one of the most musical drummers around. With great feel
and timing, ask anyone who has heard him play. Either in Tacoy Ryde or
the Christmas Carol Project you will find Bill laying it down "right in
the pocket". He has great sensitivity and an innate ability to interpret
and spontaneously interact with many different grooves. Bill's married
to Dale Ladouceur and considers this to be one of his more important
Dale Ladouceur is one of too few Chapman Stick players in Canada.
The last 20 years as a soloist and hired gun has given Ladouceur
the opportunity to take part in many collaborations with artists like
Bruce Cockburn and Angelique Kidjo. Her critically acclaimed
original project “Dale Ladouceur and the Broke Ensemble”
(originally “The Mavens”) has two releases and they are currently
working on a new disc. When she’s not playing, Ladouceur is
a political writer and activist who can say I love you in 49 languages.
Terry Morrison has been described as "…one of the most intellectually
compelling songwriters in town." She has performed at many Canadian folk
fests and toured throughout North America. Terry has 4 CD’s of original
music to her credit and is featured on a number of compilations
including a Smithsonian Folkways Collection of Alberta Songwriters. Her
music is played on CKUA, CBC, numerous college stations across Canada as
well as radio stations in Europe and the USA. Her voice is rich and
deep, her melodies, rhythm and lyrics, strong and uniquely her own.
Based out of Edmonton, for the past twenty-five years Tom Roschkov has
been a constant face on the western Canadian music scene. He began by
fronting a number of rockabilly ensembles, such as, the Screamin’
Roosters and Charlie Don’t surf. Then, over the years, has moved on to
explore a variety of styles such as rhythm and blues, soul, folk-rock,
country and experimental jazz. He is mostly recognized for his work with
the Swingin’ Ya Band and the Stone Merchants. He has a long list of
recordings to his credit.