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Nova Scotia-based fingerstyle guitarist Jeff Jodrey’s ECMA nominated release Carnival is an acoustic carousel ride. While the ride itself takes you up and down, spinning stationary yet all around, this 9-track collection of melodic pop-flavoured instrumental guitar is transcendental.
“Carnival is a metaphor for life, the many events and characters you encounter, and the array of emotions you experience along the journey – joy, sadness, excitement, fear, regret and anticipation. It’s also uplifting, and fun.”
Music is its own language, and Carnival its own dialect. Engineered and produced by Jodrey and Cory Tetford, who also lends stunning electric guitar and percussion, the duo artfully crafted a kaleidoscopic easy-listening masterpiece. Carnival was recorded at Jodrey’s home studio Treefort, mixed and mastered at Tetford’s CTM.
While Carnival features guitar maestro Don Ross, who colours "Timmy the Cat” with soulful Dobro guitar, “Side By Side” is an auditory invitation to buy your ticket, step right up with “Breaking Through,” and be whisked away by “Kairos,” on the midway. Jodrey even tosses in a bag of cotton candy, and redefines Pearl Jam’s rock anthem, “Even Flow.”
“I keep my instrumental pieces lyrical in terms of melody, as I don’t believe words are always required to convey a story. My hope is that these are songs you can hum along with, and perhaps make a rhythmic or melodic connection that is felt without words.”
Originally from Annapolis Valley, now based outside of Halifax, Jodrey has been dedicated to the craft of guitar for over 30 years. For several years he studied with world-class multi-instrumentalist Daniel Heikalo, and most recently with acoustic guitar master Don Ross. He committed to fingerstyle guitar playing after hearing Rik Emmett’s Midsummer’s Daydream in 1985.
During the early 90s, Jodrey co-founded Toronto acoustic indie-rock band Winebible, and toured Ontario and Eastern Canada with radio and video singles “Things You Put Me Through,” and “One More Day,” and sold thousands of copies of their three albums: Pack Of Smokes, Winebible, and Summer Of 1997.
In late 1997, Jodrey returned home to Nova Scotia, and performed occasionally for War Child Canada benefits and weddings, as well as released his first solo guitar record, Instrumental Guitar For Folks With Good Taste (1997). After taking a break from music to raise a family, he returned to his guitar, inspired by Mark Knopfler, Tommy Emmanuel, Ron Sexsmith, Joe Satriani and Don Ross, and composed an inclusive instrumental record for all listeners. Carnival is his most recent ticket.
“I want my songs to evoke the listener’s own stories and memories, my role as a musician is to take you on a journey. Even with the absence of words, there is a chance to touch one another, for us to connect.”
Carnival Track Listing:
1. Side By Side
5. Love Like A Turtle
6. Breaking Through
7. Timmy the Cat
8. Even Flow
9. In Touch
Release date: May 2015
Format: Digital, CD
Genre: Instrumental acoustic pop
- Folk & Singer-Songwriter