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An Evening in the Everlasting Bonfire

3rd Aug 2017 7:00pm

Hamiltonians get their first chance to warm themselves by the Everlasting Bonfire, and hear Carl Watkins' latest music creations. The former Daisy Chain Halo frontman has assembled a 12-piece orchestra, which includes a string quintet, brass section, woodwind, piano, acoustic guitars, percussion and voice. The collective has formed around the works of Watkins and features a number of Hamilton's top musicians, including cellist Yotam Levy and Looking for Alaska's Aaron Gott on piano, among many others.

As the instrumentation suggests, the works themselves are a departure from the heavy rock that crowds in the early 2000s became accustomed to when appearing for a DCH concert. The driving, intense and compelling aspects of that music remain, however the sound has spread out and diversified creating a neat sub genre that once again defies categorization. As always, "something different" was part of Watkins' aim with the Bonfire and, especially, to work inclusively with often disparate music genres. The concert on August 3 will not only bring jazz, rock and classical musicians together but, it is hoped, their audiences as well.

"I've written these songs for ears and minds, for people to listen to and respond to. These tunes need to be experienced and enjoyed firsthand, so the venue is a crucial component. Places like the university's Concert Chamber have been purpose built for my songs." - Carl Watkins

As for the name of the project, Watkins says it was a chance overhearing of a line in a movie years ago, where a character said that if they failed they'd be thrown on the everlasting bonfire. On further investigation Watkins discovered it also features as part of a line in a Shakespeare play talking about the "primrose way to the everlasting bonfire". Watkins says he was drawn to the phrase and its "hint at the eternal, a blaze that lasts forever" something that "you can throw anything at, and it just keeps on burning".

Tickets: General Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior 65+ $10.00, Unwaged $8.00, Student w ID $8.00

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