Cindy Church, Susan Crowe at King’s Theatre Sept. 19

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Top Canadian performers make Annapolis Royal stop

When the doors open at King’s Theatre on the evening of September 19, the audience will be treated to two of Canada’s great musical talents – both from Nova Scotia.

Cindy Church and Susan Crowe take to the King’s Theatre stage in Annapolis Royal for an 8 p.m. concert that should see a packed house. Manager Geoff Keymer is enthusiastic about the show, describing the duo as being as good as it gets.

Indeed, Susam Crowe (originally from Halifax), with her compelling and polished approach to music, is one of Canada's most respected singer-songwriters.

At once complex, challenging and accessible, Susan's intelligent and moving songs have captivated audiences and reviewers from coast to coast, continent to continent. She possesses, in the words of Britain's Folk Roots magazine, "that rare ability of crafting a lyric that bears scrutiny on its own terms."

That rare ability has earned her two Juno nominations, nominations from both the West Coast and East Coast music awards, repeat performances at all of Canada's major folk festivals, and invitations to the prestigious Kerrville Songwriter's Festival in Texas.

She's toured Canada, the United States and Central Europe, where her finely crafted songs have earned her places on several compilations, including the Kerrville 2000 CD.

She's been called "a writers' writer," but might also be called a "well-kept secret." It's her slow but steady approach that's attracted a legion of followers who appreciate an artist who steps well beyond folk clichés and predictable melodies.

Cindy Church, from Bible Hill, spent her formative musical years in western Canada, making her first recordings with the Great Western Orchestra, touring and recording with Ian Tyson and embarking on a solo career. Her three solo albums (Love on the Range, Just a Little Rain, and Cindy Church) all include some of her own songs and her friendship with Sylvia Tyson helped lead to the formation of Quartette with Sylvia, Caitlin Hanford, the late Colleen Peterson and later Gwen Swick.

A superb singer with a distinctive voice and a technique she uses only to illuminate the lyric, Cindy invests the songs she performs with warmth, charm and feeling.

Now living in Toronto, she has not only acquired a national reputation as one of the best singers in the country, but an international one as well. She is currently touring with The Nearness of You, a Tribute to the Music of Hoagy Carmichael along with pianist/composer Joe Sealy and bassist George Koller.

Her most recent project is Lunch at Allen's, a collaborative venture with Murray McLauchlin, Ian Thomas, and Marc Jordan. They have released a self-titled CD and DVD along with their most recent release Catch the Moon. They are currently working on their third CD, due to be released in 2009. Cindy has been nominated for two Juno Awards and has also been nominated for awards by the Canadian Country Music Association.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, $18 for members, and $5 for youth. Contact King’s Theatre at 532-7704 or go to www.kingstheatre.ca.

Information from King’s Theatre.

Organizations: Cindy Church, Annapolis Royal, Folk Roots magazine Kerrville 2000 CD Great Western Orchestra Music of Hoagy Carmichael Canadian Country Music Association

Geographic location: Canada, King, Nova Scotia Halifax Britain West Coast East Coast Texas United States Central Europe Bible Hill Toronto

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