Ask those who frequent the July through August free concert series on Island Park what it is all about — you will hear ‘it’s about everything’.
Concerts in the Park again this year dished up something for everyone. In closing, one of the founding members will be performing and a Winnipeg musician who’s talents are nationally recognized.
Paul Shepherd is an east coast lad, from New Brunswick. His formative years were spent living on a farm with his family. His grandfather Wilfred played the fiddle, and the pump organ. His grandmother wrote poetry and his mother gave piano lessons. Paul loved those years on the farm, music was always there.
His family moved to the shore lines of the Bay of Fundy where as a teen took piano lessons, bought his first guitar around 1976. He played keyboards and sang in the WHITE TRASH band. “We were heavy back then and too loud for the times”. “I remember we were shut down by police playing the water front stage. It was midnight and we woke up Calais Maine across the river.” In the 90’s he recorded an album with Jon Harpell from Nova Scotia as the Eastern Gypsy duo. TPaul moved to Portage la Prairie in 2001. In 2009 Paul started jamming with local singer songwriter, Annette Heal, and they formed the duo Quite Likely. Together they founded the Concerts in the Park music series. In 2015 Quite Likely, published their addictions album titled, Caught in a Jam. “Performing songs that tell a story is true joy”. Paul is currently working on a solo project and is still writing original songs, his first love.
Winnipeg-based artist Skylar Bouchard’s debut EP “Tired of The City” has been called “nothing short of amazing” by Canadian Beats, listed as one of the top albums of the year (The Manitoban) and out of thousands of songs judges of CBC’s Searchlight Competition had to pick from, his debut single was placed in the Top 50.
“Tired of The City” features Bouchard’s knack for juxtaposing wise insight alongside vulnerable professions of love.
It is a collection of narratives that meander through the experiences of youth.
The chorus for the EP’s final track, “Montreal”, best describes the tone of the album:
Don’t know much about trust, so I don’t know much about lovin’
Truth is, I don’t know much about much.
But I know your body,
every inch, every little bone
I don’t speak French,
but I love Montreal.