The Young Novelists
Saturday, November 16 | 7:30 PM
$15 advance/$18 (cash only) door
Hailing from Canada, husband-and-wife harmony-singing duo the Young Novelists will perform at the Flying Cat music series at Phoenicia’s United Methodist Church (29 Church Street) on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Graydon James and Laura Spink have been compared to such folk-rock artists as Richard and Linda Thompson, while Sonicbids calls them “Simon & Garfunkel meets Johnny and June, known for their deft songwriting, beautiful harmonies, and poignant ballads.”
Founded a decade ago in Toronto, The Young Novelists won New/Emerging Artist of the Year in 2005 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. James, who is indeed a novelist, points to Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Eagles as influences on their roots-rock sound. The guitarist alternates lead vocals with Spink, who plays percussion and vibraphone.
Their third studio album, the lush, melodic In City & Country, is a collection that came together after Spink quit her job as a scientist and the couple toured North America with their young son, performing some 100 dates. James and Spink wrote songs inspired by their travels and the history of small towns they visited. They recorded the album in legendary Montreal studio Hotel2Tango, with JUNO award-winning producer Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire).
The couple’s emotive, intertwined voices and acoustic instrumentation in the warm confines of Phoenicia’s nineteenth-century chapel promises to be magical – and perhaps may even inspire a new song. Advance tickets are $15 and available until 3 p.m. the day of the show at: https://flyingcatmusic.org/next-show; or $18 (cash only) at the door.
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the young novelists: "city & country"
“Simon & Garfunkel meets Johnny and June, known for their deft songwriting, beautiful harmonies, and poignant ballads.”