Simple life in B.C. inspires musician Joël Fafard

Recording artist and performer Joël Fafard, who plays guitar and sings, says a move from Saskatchewan to B.C. in 2008 was instrumental to his development as a songwriter.

Fafard moved to B.C. in 2008

Joël Fafard is a B.C.-based musician originally from Saskatchewan. (Facebook)

Recording artist and performer Joël Fafard, who plays guitar and sings, says a move from Saskatchewan to British Columbia in 2008 was instrumental to his development as a songwriter.

"I was trying to figure out how I could write simple songs," Fafard said in a recent interview while he was in his home province touring. "I wanted to write simple songs that could be timeless."

Why don't I just start writing about me?- Joël Fafard

He said one day, in the woodshed on his property in a forest on the edge of the water in B.C., he came upon the answer.

"I live a pretty simple life," he said. "Why don't I just start writing about me?"

Fafard said he tries, with his songs, to capture the mood around him. 

He said leading a simple life, in a rustic setting, means he has to rely on himself more — especially in the summertime.

"It's hard to get someone [in B.C.] to come out and do work for you, if you need something done" he said, which is a stark contrast to his recollections of Saskatchewan where folks were not so laid back.

"There's a phrase that I never heard again when I left [Saskatchewan] in 2008, and that was 'What's the problem? Let's get it done,'" he said with hearty laugh.

New album released

His latest album is called Fowl Mood, a title inspired by the cover art.

Fafard said his performing career, which has evolved from playing as a instrumentalist to a singer, has found receptive audiences around the world.

He added he feels very comfortable with the blues style that he has been working on for a long time.

"I've lived long enough, felt enough pain that maybe I have the right," he said about his current sound.

Music used on As It Happens caught his ear

Fafard's earliest memory of the blues genre, he said, comes from listening to As It Happens on CBC Radio when he was driving around Saskatchewan with his father, noted visual artist Joe Fafard.

The interview program played instrumental music bridges between story segments and Fafard says he was captivated by the blues guitar riffs he heard.

Fafard has played many locations in Saskatchewan during his tour and has a show set for Monday night (Feb. 29) at St. Michael's Retreat in Lumsden. He will also be in Moose Jaw and North Battleford later in the week.


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