Just in time for Christmas and the season of song, here at last is a downloadable version of this "classic" Cumberland song, written in 2006 by Joanna Finch and arranged by Sean Mooney. Thanks to everyone who supported us at the concert. Here is our way of saying thank-you.
The Amazing Miss Finch
"Joanna Finch is music. She is a walking vibrating sound expression. She is percussion at the beach, instruments of stone, shell and wood. She is sultry jazz in a dimly lit venue. Her sharp wit bursts with spontaneous lyric.
Joanna Finch's voice is capable of a ravens call to a saxophone solo to classical compositions. Her musical journeys have such a diverse range of sound one is in awe.
The enthusiasm of Joanna's art is contagious, spiking the day with colour. As her friend I am richer because of her offerings." Corre Alice, Artist
Writer, vocalist-musician, actor and humorist, Miss Finch has been living a lush life, and it shows in her art. Drawn to cabaret as a small child, and ignited by protest songs of the 60's, with a phenomenal ear for mimicry, and a sweet, compassionate nature, this animated creature of song is a firebrand.
A single stage presence is not expansive enough to express all the stories and styles that motivate Miss Finch's performances, so after almost three decades of writing and performing she has honed her Muses' offerings into three distinctive shows:
Jobird's Soulicious Grooves at Studio Live
This concert is all about LOVE...
"Wake Up! On the Wings of Spring" Jobird's Soulicious Grooves with musicians: Jeff Drummond- guitars; Blaine Dunaway- violin and cello; Larry Greenwood- drums and vocals Joanna Finch- songs, flutes and sounds.
Studio Live welcomes Joanna Finch, Cumberland's own songbird, to the stage on Saturday, March 4. Doors at 7:30. $20 at the door, $15 Advance at Bop City, Riders Pizza and Church Street Bakery
Jobird's Soulicious Grooves - POETRY of SOUND from the HEART Soulful. Sweet. Intimate. Exciting music for living in the now.
Vancouver Island folk-jazz singer songwriter Joanna Finch, has a voice you will never forget. "She gives me goosebumps when she sings" (Rachel Mooney-nutritionist/musician). Joanna been described as: "a human soul on fire..." (Shane Philip- videographer) whose "joyous love of life and the environment infects her audience," (Betty Donaldson PHD) and "reminds me of the great female entertainers of the musical movie era. Her performances have brought me such joy and exquisite moments of clarity as to why music is considered the language of the world - she exudes it!" (Sarah Wood, pianist, Composer) Joanna's diverse original repertoire spans eras and nations, uniting and uplifting her all-ages audiences. “My heart is the judge of all things; in my everyday world I breathe in impressions of liberty, conflict, love and whimsy and breathe out notes that turn to songs. Love and social justice are my spring boards. Having an audience to share my stories and songs with is a gift I never take for granted.”
“Jobird”, dubbed by a childhood friend, has been honing her craft for her entire life with words and sounds that stem from nature, studies in poetry and literature, and classical and traditional folk at the Royal Conservatory of Music, plus Anglican sacred music at her Great Grandfathers church. Art Rock, Punk, New Wave and Cool-Soul music ignites much of her writing. Growing up listening to her mothers jazz records, then falling in love with Brazilian jazz while living on a sailboat in the Caribbean planted the seeds for a life devoted to the study of jazz forms. She studied with singers Shannon Gunn, Rhiannon, Louise Rose, and experimental musicians Francois Houle, Hans Bennick and Torsten Muller at Vancouver's Creative Music Institute. She has a particular panache for French Cabaret, Latin Jazz, and early gypsy swing. Joanna loves to dance.
Unlike many artists who begin their career by covering others material, then gradually inserting their originals, Joanna, a prolific songwriter, has always performed her own material, and chooses covers that compliment her style. Her long standing admiration and respect for Canadian folk gurus, L. Cohen and J Mitchell, bring luck and grace to Joanna's shows when she invites the Muse to infuse her songs with their magic. Sultry, warm and sweet vocal stylings are embellished by Jobird’s superb improvisations of “vocal trumpet” strings and beat boxing.
As a song writer Joanna is eclectic; as a singer Jobird's voice is an eternal source of exploration and pleasure. "She is a walking vibrating sound expression. She is percussion at the beach, instruments of stone, shell and wood. She is sultry jazz in a dimly lit venue." Corre Alice, Artist
Respected internationally for her exquisite songwriting and arrangements, Joanna has shared the stage with some of the best. Past performances include travels in Ecuador, Cuba, Antigua, US, and Canada, where collaborating musicians include Sean Mooney, Miles Black, Tina Jones, Jorge Triana, Judy Norbury, Checo Soto, Sarah Wood, Pat Coleman, Brodie Dawson, Peter Gilmore, Jim Lambert and many more. Nominated for two awards for In The Arms of Morpheus, her debut album that made it to #7 on Alberta’s CKUA radio charts, and international radio play, plus two acclaimed music videos, Joanna’s voice is not to be missed. CDs will be available to buy and download cards for her singles.
Wake Up Spring Tour with Jobird's Soulicious Grooves
Wake Up! On the Wings of Spring Mid Island Tour with musicians: Jeff Drummond- guitars Blaine Dunaway- violin and cello Larry Greenwood- drums and vocal Joanna Finch- songs and flutes
This tour is a send off for Jobird as she takes wings for China to live till July! Come listen to Soulicious Grooves, a collection of jazz, blues and original- and improvised- folk/pop songs that speak to the heart and will get you up dancing! It's time to WAKE UP and sing out about love and social justice, to celebrate the folk artists of the 60's and to plant seeds in hearts and minds that WE ARE ONE! Before RASPBERRIES ripen in SUMMERTIME let's focus on SWEET LOVE, and be in THE MOMENT, EVERY MORNING EVERY NIGHT AND IN BETWEEN. With a LULLABY OF BIRDLAND and a BLUE BOSSA, (Ma Cherie Amour), we will fall into THE ARMS OF MY MOTHER, where we will improvise SOUL SONG, cause IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING!
Feb 26 Creekside Commons Common room Doors 7:00 tickets are $20. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets.
Cumberland Snow- Songs and Stories From the Hearth
Joanna Finch presents: Songs and Stories from the Hearth with Sean Mooney, piano, Blaine Dunaway, violin, Michel Rivero, guitar and Larry Greenwood drums With writers Traci Skuce, Judy Norbury, Diana Schroeder and Marianna LaViolette, and special guests Christine Baxter, Meaghan Cursons and Jade DeTrey.
With the Drunken Rumis: Jesse Gentes and Patrick Dejardins opening.
Advance Tickets $15.00 at Riders Pizza, Bop City Records or Blue Heron Books
With the support of the Cumberland Culture and Arts Society and the Village Bakery