HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2016
Welcome to my new website. I must admit to being lazy when it comes to updating, but my new year's resolution to change that! The year is already turning out to be a busy one musically. I am playing with Paul Ruszel and Friends: Bryon Thompson:dobro, vocals, Tom Horsefall: bass and vocals and when available Tad Ruszel on mandolin and vocals. I am also playing with the newly formed King Tide: a celtic-folk trio with Andy and Rayne Cooper. As if that wasn't enough, I am working on my guitar chops playing in the largely instrumental duo Rogue Wave with multi-instrumentalist Eric Desaulnier. Check Out the shows section for updates in upcoming gigs.
Re-inventing The Wheel
Greeting Friends and Fans,
I have been told that I am absolutely crazy on the one hand, and brave and full of artistic integrity on the other. I am sure the truth lies somewhere in-between. Regardless, I have gone and re-recorded the entire CD that I put out just last August. It is not that I don't totally appreciate and love all of those who made the first project possible. It is just that, by the end of it all, I realized I wanted a totally different sound: one that reflected how I sound in my live shows, and one that featured the great musicians I am now playing with. So, what you hear here is at least, closer to that vision. Many thanks to all these musicians: Bryon Thompson on dobro and vocals, Tom Horsfall on bass and vocals, Tad Ruszel on mandolin, recording, production, and relentless encouragement and finally Chris Herbst for sitting in on dobro for a couple of tunes. It is indeed, a steep learning curve: coming back into the musical fold after so many years of just "hobbying" my music. I am now busy working on the next CD. I have a"five CD's in five years" plan and hope to stick to it come hell or highwater!! Thanks to everyone for continuing support!!!
More Good News!!
I have signed a royalty waiver on my song Little By Litte (Piti, Piti, Na Rive) for the What If? Foundation in California. They are a non-profit who feed thousands in Haiti everyday For all that they do, see the link on my store page. They would like to use the song for fundraising, education and awareness. It is such an honour to know that my music is helping others. I am looking forward to continued communication with them and all the wonderful work they do!!
PAUL RUSZEL AND FRIENDS
SUNDAY FEB.21, 2016 6 to 8pm.Cowichan Bay Pub: Beer and Burger Fundraiser for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre
SATURDAY MARCH 12,2016 7:30 pm start FEATURE PERFORMER: Cowichan Folk Guild
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MAY 21 AND 22, 2016 Victoria Highland Games: exact times to be announced
SUNDAY MAY 29,2016 6 to 8pm Cowichan Bay Pub Beer and Burger Fundraiser: The Bluebird Project
SATURDAY JULY 2, 2016 Private Wedding
1st SUNDAY OF MOST MONTHS STARTING MARCH 13, 2016 noon to 2pm Community Farm Store Duncan
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MAY 21, 22, 2016 Victoria Highland Games: exact times to be announced
These are just my most recent thoughts on career highlights:
Winning Diversity Caravan Song Contest
Winning Duncan Centennial Song Contest
Winning Islands Folk Festival Song Contest
My song "Little By Little" being used by the What If? Foundation to help raise funds for victims of disaster in Haiti
Playing for Canadian Mental Health Assoc. "Ride don't Hide" event
Feature Performer for "DISTILLATIONS" a Nanaimo Arts Council Gallery Presentation: Art by Clare Singleton, Poetry by Timothy Merrill
Feature Performer for "ART AND SOUL" An Inspirational-Interfaith Gathering. Honouring Martin Luther King Day and World Religion Day.
Every House Concert and Coffehouse I have ever played!!
New Year's Eve 2015 Feature Performer at a "DEVOTIONAL GATHERING": hosted by Lynn Smith.
"Listening to Paul play is a roller coaster ride from the head to the heart" David Polster: Heritage House Concerts
"Listening to Paul's music is like sitting on your back porch chatting with friend's about life, faith and philosophy
while enjoying a glass of wine. It's tranquil, refreshing and stimulating all at once." Erin Butler CICV Radio Host
"The best singer-songwriter you have never heard of!!" Jeff Ellis
"Authentic, stirring and touching in so many different ways. Song after song grabbed the audience. Nobody could ever get tired of listening." Tark Hamilton: Deep Cove Coffeehouse
"The Paul Ruszel Trio dazzled our audience! The most expertly executed original repertoire with songs of passion, history and God, to grace our stage in a long while. Great sing-along choruses and arrangements kept the energy up until the last note."
Patty Castle, Feature Coordinator, Victoria Folk Music Society
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