Don Ross + Brooke Miller
Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Don Ross has emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world. In September 1996, he managed to do what no other player has done: win the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship for the second time (he first won in 1988). The competition, held yearly in Winfield, Kansas, cannot be won only with immaculate technique, but the player's music must also display a high degree of emotion and intensity ó hallmarks of Don's style.
The son of a Scottish immigrant father and a Mi'kmaq aboriginal mother, Don was born in Montreal in 1960 into a musical family. He first started experimenting with the solo possibilities of the acoustic guitar at the age of eight. By age ten he was playing in alternate tunings and exploring "fingerstyle" technique, a right hand discipline similar to classical guitar playing. Preferring to write original music and develop a personal style, Don's self-taught journey on the instrument has encouraged him to follow his musical intuition. The result is an unclassifiable musical style that borrows from jazz, folk, rock and classical music. When asked, Don usually pigeonholes his music as "Heavy Wood"!
Born & raised on Prince Edward Island, Brooke's career began in a loud punk band as the lead guitarist & vocalist at 12 yrs old. Later connecting with music from the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Rickie Lee Jones, The Police and Joni Mitchell, then flourished into a road warrior style take over through out Canada, US & Europe.
"Listeners to its songs will be reminded of such understated singers as Shawn Colvin and Mary-Chapin Carpenter. Like them, Miller's vocals serve the melody and the lyrics with a modesty that lets them shine. But don't underestimate her voice. When Miller sings, it has the same effect as someone looking you straight in the eye. You believe her." -Jim Farber, NY Daily News