Shawna Caspi with Steven Pelland

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Shawna Caspi with Steven Pelland

Shawna Caspi

7:00PM

Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Caspi is a mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth teller.

She has toured throughout Canada and the United States, including performances at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, the Summerfolk Festival (ON), and the Deep Roots Music Festival (NS), and concert series including the Calgary Folk Club, the Nickelodeon, the Northern Lights Folk Club (AB), the Greenbank Folk Music Society (ON), the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (MA), On Your Radar (NY), and Six String Concerts (OH).

Shawna is touring in support of her fourth album, Forest Fire, a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. Engineered and produced by Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith), the elegant arrangements draw the listener into the depths of haunting, atmospheric tracks, then lift them out with airy, bluegrass instrumentation and hopeful narratives for brighter days. It’s dark granite stone with a shot of glimmering quartz through the middle. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love, grace, and gratitude. With these songs, Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else.

Steven Pelland

7:00PM

Steven started his musical journey at the early age of seven. Becoming fluent in reading music, he studied accordion, piano, bass, voice and acoustic guitar. At nineteen, Steven graduated from the Modern School of Music, completing the Berklee College of Music curriculum in just one year, while freelancing as a bassist and vocalist in Boston’s jazz scene.

Growing up in Fall River, MA he explored the tidal marshes of the Mount Hope Bay and also experienced the changes in the once thriving city as the textile industry closed down. His lyrics and melodies reflect this restless landscape. His baritone voice strikes the emotional center surrounded by a virtuosic soundscape of fingerstyle guitar. .

Steven has written hundreds of songs, and has performed across the country. He has been influenced by musical greats to include; Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Dougie MacLean and even Bach. He has recently relocated to the Asheville area to work on his second album.