Poetic Wax by Beverley McKeen

Beverley McKeenVancouver Island singer/songwriter Beverley McKeen will launch her second CD, Poetic Wax, at 8 pm on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Duncan Garage Showroom, 330 Duncan Street, Duncan. The Duncan Garage is an everyone welcome venue with incredible acoustics and very comfortable soft seating for around 85 people. It ranked among the top 20 venues in the CBC's recent contest for live entertainment spots in Canada. With so many great places to chose from, Vancouver Islanders can be proud that one of their own achieved this high ranking.

Poetic Wax was produced and mixed on Vancouver Island and mastered at Metalworks, Toronto. The sounds of many players are heard on this original 11-song album and an awesome band has been lined up for the launch. Joining Beverley will be Martyn Jones (Refugee, Michael Fury) on bass and guitars, Moritz Behm on violin and mandolin, and Thomas Kinzel on keyboard. Moritz just finished years of touring with Will Millar of the Irish Rovers and a submission from Thomas was in the top 10 for the new Hockey Night in Canada theme. Beverley herself has been playing music since she was a child, first the piano and then the guitar, which she picked up at age 17. She have been a songwriter for over 30 years and is also a published poet in the American Poetry Anthology of 1989. Recently she has performed with Art Napoleon.

McKeen sings about local issues as well as the bigger picture, and three songs on Poetic Wax could be considered social issue themed. One is about water and keeping it safe, clean, and free. David Suzuki really liked the song and sent Beverley a letter with ideas on how to use it. Another is about women elsewhere in the world, who are not nearly as free as they are in Canada. The third social justice song deals with the dangers of the mining industry. Says Beverley, "I was considering Joseph Mairs and Ginger Goodwin in the early stages of the songwriting process on that one. There's a lot of Vancouver Island history in it." The rest of the album is really cool, with varied songs and styles. Children of all ages just love her song about a cat that gets stuck up a tree for six days. Beverley McKeen often plays in Nanaimo, so watch for her.

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