ABC Songwriters’ Circle

ABC new logoThe Amsterdam Bicycle Club features every Tuesday night live original songwriters performing their songs and sharing the thoughts, feelings and processes that led to their creation. Audience questions are welcome! Come down to the ABC for a special one-of-a-kind event!

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Show #28 – le mardi 22 mai 2018

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This will be a one-of-a-kind ALL-FRENCH show with special guests Fred Boutin , Kyris and Franck Solo). Bios will be posted shortly.

Cette soirée très spéciale du ABC Songwriters’ Circle sera dédiée à la chanson française avec les auteurs/compositeurs/musiciens Fred Boutin , Kyris et Franck Solo, et votre hôte, Robert (Félix) Pelletier. À ne pas manquer! 


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Originaire de Saint-Félicien, Québec, Fred Boutin se passionne pour la musique et pour l’écriture de chansons, paroles et musique. À cela le plaisir de présenter ses création à l’occasion en compagnie d’amis musiciens! Multi-instrumentiste, c’est tout de même à travers sa guitare que ses chansons prennent forme et découvrent leur plus riche expression. Ses chanson sont souvent un amalgame de rythmes rock, blues et funk, sur lesquels il pose des textes reflétant une maîtrise de la langue et une conscience développée.

Originally from Saint-Félicien, Québec, Fred Boutin passion and energy for music, whether playing it or writing it, is only matched by the pleasure he takes in sharing his compositions with fellow musicians. An in-demand multi-instrumentalist, Fred nevertheless finds the guitar the best vehicle to express his creativity. His songs often weave classic rock, blues and funk riffs into lyrics rich with crafted meaning and insight.


kyris2_web_bw-e1526572652760.jpgAuteur-compositeur-interprète, Kyris a construit son univers sur les routes du monde sur lesquelles, il a affûté sa plume, façonné son jeu de guitare et découvert la formule secrète pour faire chanter les foules. Son macrocosme artistique se dessine à la croisée d’une folk sac à dos et d’une pop caméléon, vibrante et sensible, soulignée de textes fédérateurs. Passé par les Rencontres qui chantent de Petite Vallée au Québec en 2016 et remarqué pendant l’édition 2017 de Rond Point APCM, Kyris nous révèle les facettes d’un univers unique, où musique rime avec Nous, le titre de son premier EP qui sortira en juin 2018.  

Kyris is a singer-songwriter, originally from France, who draws his inspiration from his experiences along the roads where he developed his guitar playing, sharpened his pen and mastered the secret to engage people. Based in Toronto since 2013, his world lies across a backpack folk and a chameleon pop, vibrant and colorful with gathering lyrics. Noticed at “Les Rencontres Qui Chantent” program in Petite-Vallée (Québec) in 2016 and APCM’s (Association of Music Professionals) “Rond Point” program in 2017, aimed at emerging francophone artists, Kyris reveals to us the facets of a unique universe, where music rhymes with “Nous” (“Us” in English), the title of his first upcoming EP.


Franck2.jpgAyant commencé la guitare à 15 ans, Franck Solo a découvert le goût pour la scène deux ans plus tard devant 200 personnes. Il a ensuite monté plusieurs petits groupes de reprises avec des amis «pour s’amuser». Il a depuis toujours gardé sa guitare avec lui qu’il soit en France, en Australie, au Moyen-Orient ou depuis Novembre au Canada. Ayant des styles musicaux variés allant d’Oasis à Renaud en passant par Nirvana et les Stones, ses chansons à texte s’inspirent de faits de tous les jours.

Franck Solo started playing guitar at 15. Two years later, he was performing in front of 200 people. Many cover bands followed, mostly for the simple pleasure of playing with friends. His guitar is never far from his side, regardless of where he calls home, be it France, Australia, the Middle-East, and since November 2017, Canada. Franck’s songs are inspired by everyday life and couched in a fluid musical style, with influences like Oasis, Renaud, Nirvana and the Rolling Stones.


Show #27 – May 15, 2018

A great and eclectic night of original songs. We covered a lot of ground, both in conversation and music. My thanks to Claire Hunter , James Clark and Chris Topher.

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Left to right: Chris Topher, Claire Hunter, James Clark, me.


Past Show Gallery

 

 

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Full Schedule

October 2017

October 17, 2017 Sal Indigo Sam Taylor Ryan Schmidt
October 24, 2017 Fraz Milne T.C. Folkpunk Greg Todd

November 2017

November 7, 2017 Tyler Ellis m.e. law Jessica Stuart
November 14, 2017 David Macmichael Chelsea Reed Jace Traz
November 21, 2017 Lawrie Ingles Henry Lees Brilliant Fish
November 28, 2017 Timothy Prueter Gary Edward Allen Jody Ferrer

December 2017

December 5, 2017 John Mahler Arch Rockefeller Michael Cuddy
December 12, 2017 Linda Lavender Sal Indigo Mark Martyre
December 19, 2017 David Israelson Lilly Mason Paula Keast

January 2018

January 16, 2018 David Storey David Madras Kevin Foster
January 23, 2018 Kevan Maddison The Pretty Dr. Jingles
January 30, 2018 Hugh Wilson Julie Long Bill Simms

February 2018

February 6, 2018 Augusta Ray Lucy Dee Steve Taunton
February 13, 2018 David McLachlan Andre Dantas G3NERIC
February 20, 2018 Carmen Toth Just Jillian Jeff Orson
February 27, 2018 Mike Butcher Neil MacNaughton Chloé Watkinson

March 2018

March 6, 2018 Sandra Bouza Elana Harte Sarah Siddiqui
March 13, 2018 Leanna Yamada Jordan Paul Mahta Moattari
March 20, 2018 Dan Boggs Vroni Scott Kv
March 27, 2018 Sahel Usin Rojas Tara Smylie Daniel Clarke

April 2018

April 3, 2018 George Lazarus Boris Buhot Mary Stewart
April 10, 2018 Shannon Roszell Todd Aalgaard Justine Giles
April 17, 2018 Chris Willson John Ross Andrew Mazzolin
April 24, 2018 Frank Patrick K Lee Wilde Kayt Lucas

May 2018

May 1, 2018 Amber Durette Brent Lunney Mimi O’Bonsawin
May 8, 2018 Franks Wilks Neil Morris Julian Battersby Morris
May 15, 2018  Claire Hunter Chris Topher James Clark
May 22, 2018 Franck Solo Kyris Fred Boutin
May 29, 2018 Blair Packham Michael Menegon John Muirhead

June 2018

June 5, 2018 Matthew Runaway Hurricane Mike Thompson Soozi Schlanger
June 12, 2018 Robert Hyde Dean McKinnon Salabama (aka Sal Indigo
June 19, 2018 Sabina Soares Scar-Bro Pete Don Stevenson
June 26, 2018 The Marwills

July 2018

July 3, 2018 Ash Gallia TC Folkpunk m.e. law
July 10, 2018 Daniel Taylor Bella Larsen Phillip Vonesh
July 17, 2018 Gary Edward Allen Douglas Bichan Chris Scian

Thanks to the staff at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club, and particularly Tim Lalande, for making this possible!