There are no limits to music and where it can take you. If you need proof, just look at the career of Saskatoon singer/songwriter Eileen Laverty. In the past year her career on the folk music stage has transformed into one that includes composer for theatre, television and the symphony.
“I’m still finding my voice as a songwriter, even after 20 years,” she says. “I love singing first and foremost. I’m inspired by art and other artists so I’m constantly evolving.”
Laverty’s lent her voice to some emotional story telling projects. In 2018, she created the soundtrack for the premiere of Daniel Macdonald’s Blow Wind at Dancing Sky Theatre. Her song Close to Home, available now on iTunes, has helped families share their stories of palliative care for the St. Paul’s Hospital campaign to build a hospice in Saskatoon.
“I write better about things that punch me in the gut, that give me an emotional response,” she explains. “I’m drawn to the human experience.”
“I write better about things that punch me in the gut, that give me an emotional response, I’m drawn to the human experience”
2018 also saw Laverty triumphantly take the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra stage to celebrate the holidays with original songs written for the show.
Before she heads back into the studio to work on a new album, Laverty has decided to get back to the stage where her career began with new music and some old favourites. She’s performing a double bill of shows. The first, Thursday April 25 at the Artesian in Regina, will see her on stage with a full band including Jesse Brown, Greg Hargarten, Corey Hildebrand, Kimbal Siebert and Kyle Krysa.
Saturday April 27, Laverty and her band will entertain the crowd at The Bassment in Saskatoon. Laverty says she can’t wait to get back in front of a live audience.
”For me, the biggest part of performance is connecting with people, making that musical connection with the audience.”
Thursday April 25, 2019
Saturday April 27, 2019
Tickets: $25 – $35