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2014 Juno Nominee Amanda Rheaume coming to The Gallipeau Centre Theatre

Amanda Rheaume relaxing at her home in Ottawa.

A musical treat is just around the corner as Amanda Rheaume prepares to perform with a five-piece band at the Gallipeau Centre on March 28. As a touring musician, Rheaume rarely plays with a full band.

“I usually play just myself and one or two others, so playing with a full band is a special treat,” said Rheuame.

Touted as one of Canada’s most exciting  Métis singer/songwriters – she won Best Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Ottawa Folk Festival last year and her latest album Keep the Fires was nominated for a Juno in 2014. This year Rheuame will be coming to Smiths Falls, just two weeks after performing at Juno Fest in Hamilton, ON.

“I’ll be playing with some great musicians who can play just about every instrument and they all sing,” she said.

Her music is a fresh and exciting mix of folk/roots with a dash of country, pop and soul. It is described as deeply personal and instantly accessible, driven by a powerful voice and a sizzling energy that draws both her band and her audience into its joyful vortex. Rheaume will be accompanied by an accomplished group of musicians providing a powerful back-up band. Among them is Ottawa-based Anders Drerup, guitarist and recording engineer who also plays the dobro, pedal steel guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, and has played with Rheaume on and off for nearly 10 years.

“Amanda is an excellent writer and a great guitar player, as a sideman it keeps things fresh for me, she sticks to her songs pretty closely but never plays anything exactly the same twice,” said Drerup. “She’s very organized and a ball of fire, I’ve never seen her off, she’s always on,” he added.

The other musicians include Fraser Holmes a multi-instrumentalist, freelance musician and singer/songwriter. He’ll be playing the guitar, mandolin and adding some vocals. Then there’s Chris Breitner on bass and vocals – a winner of the Blues Guitar Riff-off Award. The drummer in this band is the diverse and highly-energetic Tony Raybould . Each one of these musicians has their own story and busy musical careers when they’re not playing with Rheaume.

“I play with a number of different bands and musical genres from alternative, to country and folk with a spattering of Jazz and swing, I like to think I’m all over the map, but really I just suffer from a total lack of focus!,” chuckled Drerup.

Besides working with Rheaume, Drerup has been involved with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train for the past five years and played with the Claytones, Valdi and Ottawa’s Silver Creek.

“I don’t consistently play with a full band – so it’s exciting, this is really going to be fun,” said Rheaume.

Rheaume started her career with a five-piece rock band, but after touring for a year she said she realized travelling with five people can be a logistical challenge, and that it was more effective to tour as a duo or trio, at which point she said she had to re-think her approach to songwriting.

“I went on tour with my first rock and roll band in 2011, and the songs I had been writing with the band didn’t work as well when I was performing as a solo, singer/performer,” she said.

That was when she realized how important it was for her to focus on the message she wanted to share.

“I really felt that every time I was in front of an audience I had an opportunity to positively affect people,” she said with the warmth and sincerity that seem to be her trademark.

Rheuame will be recording her fourth album later this year following her already booked European tours. Some of the songs for the new album are already written.

“We’ll be showcasing a bunch of new songs no-one has ever heard before at the Gallipeau Centre,” says Rheaume.

Check out a 2014 Amanda Rheaume Trio performance below:

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2014 Juno Nominee Amanda Rheaume coming to The Gallipeau Centre Theatre

Amanda Rheaume relaxing at her home in Ottawa.

A musical treat is just around the corner as Amanda Rheaume prepares to perform with a five-piece band at the Gallipeau Centre on March 28. As a touring musician, Rheaume rarely plays with a full band.

“I usually play just myself and one or two others, so playing with a full band is a special treat,” said Rheuame.

Touted as one of Canada’s most exciting  Métis singer/songwriters – she won Best Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Ottawa Folk Festival last year and her latest album Keep the Fires was nominated for a Juno in 2014. This year Rheuame will be coming to Smiths Falls, just two weeks after performing at Juno Fest in Hamilton, ON.

“I’ll be playing with some great musicians who can play just about every instrument and they all sing,” she said.

Her music is a fresh and exciting mix of folk/roots with a dash of country, pop and soul. It is described as deeply personal and instantly accessible, driven by a powerful voice and a sizzling energy that draws both her band and her audience into its joyful vortex. Rheaume will be accompanied by an accomplished group of musicians providing a powerful back-up band. Among them is Ottawa-based Anders Drerup, guitarist and recording engineer who also plays the dobro, pedal steel guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, and has played with Rheaume on and off for nearly 10 years.

“Amanda is an excellent writer and a great guitar player, as a sideman it keeps things fresh for me, she sticks to her songs pretty closely but never plays anything exactly the same twice,” said Drerup. “She’s very organized and a ball of fire, I’ve never seen her off, she’s always on,” he added.

The other musicians include Fraser Holmes a multi-instrumentalist, freelance musician and singer/songwriter. He’ll be playing the guitar, mandolin and adding some vocals. Then there’s Chris Breitner on bass and vocals – a winner of the Blues Guitar Riff-off Award. The drummer in this band is the diverse and highly-energetic Tony Raybould . Each one of these musicians has their own story and busy musical careers when they’re not playing with Rheaume.

“I play with a number of different bands and musical genres from alternative, to country and folk with a spattering of Jazz and swing, I like to think I’m all over the map, but really I just suffer from a total lack of focus!,” chuckled Drerup.

Besides working with Rheaume, Drerup has been involved with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train for the past five years and played with the Claytones, Valdi and Ottawa’s Silver Creek.

“I don’t consistently play with a full band – so it’s exciting, this is really going to be fun,” said Rheaume.

Rheaume started her career with a five-piece rock band, but after touring for a year she said she realized travelling with five people can be a logistical challenge, and that it was more effective to tour as a duo or trio, at which point she said she had to re-think her approach to songwriting.

“I went on tour with my first rock and roll band in 2011, and the songs I had been writing with the band didn’t work as well when I was performing as a solo, singer/performer,” she said.

That was when she realized how important it was for her to focus on the message she wanted to share.

“I really felt that every time I was in front of an audience I had an opportunity to positively affect people,” she said with the warmth and sincerity that seem to be her trademark.

Rheuame will be recording her fourth album later this year following her already booked European tours. Some of the songs for the new album are already written.

“We’ll be showcasing a bunch of new songs no-one has ever heard before at the Gallipeau Centre,” says Rheaume.

Check out a 2014 Amanda Rheaume Trio performance below:

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