04. January 2018 - 21:00
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Dave Allen at The Burdock wsg: Ben & Emily Lemen, Vale Abbott | Burdock | Thursday, 04. January 2018

Dave Allen - PEC/Toronto, ON

With his debut solo album, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Dave Allen establishes himself as a bona fide roots music auteur, transporting us to a place that to our modern perceptions will seem uncomfortably foreign, or conversely, all too real. Listeners previously heard flashes of Allen’s brilliance in his previous work with the Barrie, Ontario collective Stonetrotter, but on When The Demons Come he takes full command in bridging his wide-ranging country, folk, blues and gospel influences. Allen’s songs sparkle with the instrumental interplay of The Band, blended with the brooding soul of Bill Withers and the pop inventiveness of Harry Nilsson. To call When The Demons Come a labour of love is an understatement. More accurately, it is a place where both the dead and living can co-exist, sharing their stories and finding peace in doing so.

Ben Lemen & Emily Lemen - Barrie, ON

A lyrically dense roots recording artist whose debut album is a poetic examination of the mundanity of the day-to-day, failings and glories in personal relationships, and a mythologized history of place.

Cold Tea (Vale Abbott) - Toronto, ON

After performing with local Toronto bands such as Inna Powell and Hungry Lake, and as one half of the twin folk duo Shanti & Vale, Vale Abbott is exploring an experimental side of folk in this new project: Cold Tea. She will be releasing her debut solo EP, Wyebridge, later this year.