Gabrielle Palillon - Dana Beeler - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday November 10, 2012
On this saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves, we'll have a feature on Gabrielle Papillon and her recent release 'Little Bug', as well as a feature on Dana Beeler and her debut release 'The long Goodbye'.
Gabrielle Papillon has been singing all her life. She began humming her own melodies as a toddler and, writing her first songs at fourteen as soon as she learned her basic chords on a guitar.
In 2001 she released her first album 'Songs for a Rainy Day' through independent producer, Concept Studios. Tabling her music career for nearly eight years she completed her B.A. and her Master's degree only to emerge with fresh tunes in her head and a more developed musical style the depth of which she attributes to her eight years of study and "growing up" in general.
She released her second solo album 'The Wanderer' independently in January 2010. Her third solo album The Currency of Poetry (released in October, 2011), found it's way into many 'Best of 2011' lists and landed in the Top 20 National !Earshot Chart for Folk/Roots/Blues in the month
of October 2011.
By way of cars, busses, planes, and trains Gabrielle began touring full time in June of 2010. She has since completed four Cross-Canada tours and has been touring almost non-stop playing well over 260 shows in that time.
She has recently release her fourth and most ambitious album, recorded at Montreal's Treatment Room (Plants and Animals, The Acorn, Timber Timbre, Stars, Snailhouse) and produced by Halifax based producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant's Honeymoon Punch).
Influenced by guitar slinging troubadours such as Ani Difranco, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and the McGarrigle sisters her music is often about a feeling. Her muse is the amalgamation of people in her life, or an imaginary scenario. Above all she loves the journey of a song.
When describing Dana Beeler its been said: "There is an old soul in that young body". Nothing could be more true. Dana has been performing and writing her own music for many years. Her young age hides a seasoned musician who knows how to please an audience, understands what makes a good song great, and is dedicated to leaving you loving her at the end of every show. Her song ideas are pulled from years of getting out and living life, enjoying all it has to offer, and sung with a voice that starts deep in her heart and resonates out with all the passion and feeling she can muster.
Dana comes from a musical background and has enjoyed playing and singing with her family her entire life. Whether it was performing with the family band or jamming it up at a kitchen party, music has always been a daily event.
Since moving to Halifax Dana has become a regular at many of the local performing centers, including, The Company House, The Carleton, The Casino, and the Seahorse Tavern. Dana has performed at NS Music Week, The Lunnenberg Folk Harbour Festival, and Gordie Sampson's Songwriting Camp. Dana has recently finished recording a brand new CD featuring 8 of her original songs. She will be releasing this new project in early November 2012 and she looks forward to touring the Maritimes in support of the album, titled "The Long Goodbye".
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