Trio of Canadian Artists set to Redefine Alberta’s ‘Underground’ Music Scene

May 30, 2017


Strings and Folk Vocals Combine for One-Night-Only Concert – Performed Ten Storeys Below Ground
Into the Woods: Concert in the Cave – A Musical Collaboration
A Performance by Folk Singer-Songwriter & Violinist Raine Hamilton, Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist Brett Nelson, and Cellist Jeff Faragher
The Grand Gallery, Rat’s Nest Cave, Canmore
Monday June 5th, 2017.  Starts from 5pm.
Presented by Canmore Cave Tours.
Canmore, AB, (May 29, 2017) –  There won’t be the stage set-up, lighting equipment, or sound gear typically seen at a live music venue, but when three Canadian musicians come together to perform for one night only deep in Canmore’s Rat’s Nest Cave, a limited number of concert-goers will experience an intimate, acoustic music event like no other.   
Folk songstress Raine Hamilton, alongside accomplished musicians Brett Nelson and cellist Jeff Faragher, invite folk and classical music enthusiasts with an appreciation for live acoustic melodies, to join them and only twenty-three others to enjoy a one-hour musical performance, entitled ‘Into the Woods: Concert in the Cave’.  The live set will be played within the Grand Gallery, an impressive, expansive room of the cave, presenting a naturally-formed ‘stage area’.
‘Into the Woods: Concert in the Cave’ is to be the Canmore stop-off of Hamilton’s ‘Past Your Past: There and Back Tour’, which sees the artist travelling to various venues throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, B.C. and Alberta – with Hamilton playing four dates in Calgary, including LilacFest on June 4.  Nelson will join Hamilton on stage for a select number of dates on the tour.  
Made possible by Canmore Cave Tours, the in-cave performance is to be the first time that the talented trio have joined creative forces. The musical collaboration is set to deliver a colourful - sometimes tender, sometimes toe-tapping - fusion of each of the artists’ signature styles; layering classical strings, acoustic folk and chilling vocals – all set to the original songs of Hamilton and Nelson. 
But, a concert taking place 100 ft. underground, needs a little effort to get to!  Before the concert-goers settle into the Grand Gallery to enjoy the performance, they will have donned overalls, harnesses and hardhats and made their way through the mouth of Rat’s Nest and through the cave’s naturally-shaped tunnels and rooms; crawling, shuffling and squeezing* their way to the Grand Gallery, where they’ll be met with the artists and their awaiting set.    
For singer-songwriter Nelson, originally from Winnipeg but now based in Medicine Hat, the cave setting brings an opportunity to reach a whole new level of audience interaction and sense of connection, to both the music and the space.  Nelson is confident concert-goers are going to have a significantly heightened musical experience.
“It will be raw, and intimate,” says Nelson.
“I was personally so overcome with the cave, and how I felt in there,” Nelson continues. “Being in complete darkness underground does crazy things with your senses; your hearing is dramatically enhanced and you become so exceptionally aware of your surroundings and those around you. 
From a musical performance perspective, I’m really excited to see how our audience responds to this when we play, and how our combined sound will translate into the cave space.  The acoustics are going to be mind-blowing.”   
As an artist that has carved her signature sound within the genre of acoustic folk, and with her penchant for live performance, for Hamilton, there isn’t a better location for the Canmore date of the tour:
“Acoustic folk in its very nature is earthy, humble, raw and quite often, songs are stories of the land and our relationships with it, as well as each other.  How amazing to be able to strip back the traditional sense of a venue and as a folk musician, be able to play in such an intimate setting; to tell these stories through song, physically within the depths of the land.  We’re beyond excited.”
When speaking about her fellow artists and how the collaboration came about, Hamilton adds:
“Brett is so incredibly talented, with a Bob Dylan credibility to his writing, so it was a natural choice to invite him to play alongside me on some dates of this tour.  I’m thrilled we can finally have the chance to share a stage. 
As for Jeff and I, we recently had the opportunity to play together in Nelson, B.C.  As a composer as well as a cellist, his musical ability is exceptional – and the skill he has with the cello is astounding.  I’m delighted we were able to invite him to be a part of the cave performance. We’re really going to have some fun with this!”
Max Koether, Experience Manager and Guide with Canmore Cave Tours, has been working closely with the artists to make all the arrangements leading up to the June 5 performance, including the detailed logistics involved to transport a cello through the cave’s intricate underground network.
“Well, it’s a first for us – a cello in the cave.  But, why not?!” Max says.  “We like a challenge, and it’s going to sound incredible.”
Max continues: “As cave guides, we have the joy of sharing Rat’s Nest every day, and seeing first-hand, the individual experiences of it.  But, when you combine that already-moving cave experience with an intimate, live music performance, well that’s very exciting to us. 
There’s just something about being deep in the spaces of Rat’s Nest that has an impact on you, whether it’s your first time in the cave, or your fiftieth.  There’s always something new to see, or explore, and The Grand Gallery is this expansive, Cathedral-style space perfectly-formed for unique group gatherings, events, and performances -  the options really are endless.” 
A small number of tickets are still available for the one-night-only performance, priced at $155 each, inclusive of the Explorer Tour caving experience and the full musical performance – see for full details and to purchase. Guests should expect a moderate level of exercise throughout the tour and need to be dressed accordingly.  Canmore Cave Tours Guides will safely escort all guests in and out of the cave (total of 6 hours, from 5pm-11pm, with approx. 3 hours underground).  Open to children over 10 years.  
‘Into the Woods: Concert in the Cave’ will be the latest installment of the ‘unEarthed’ series, presented by Canmore Cave Tours.
*squeezing is optional as part of the Explorer Tour.
Raine Hamilton.
Offering resonant, acoustic folk with an other-worldly edge, and a lyric presence that cuts deep, Raine Hamilton is part prairie songstress, part storyweaver; Each song has a story, delivered between songs with humour and grace. Expect to laugh, expect to cry. Also, she’s probably shorter than you’re imagining, so expect that, too.  (Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba).
Brett Nelson.
Brett Nelson brings an elegance and poetic fascination to the singer-songwriter genre. His carefully gritty fingerstyle guitar-playing gives landscape to meticulous lyrical weavings reflective of a decade spent in migration. Performing for gatherings from Winnipeg to Madison County, California to Halifax, and at music festivals around Canada, Brett Nelson inexhaustibly embraces the mirror held up by an attentive audience, allowing for an inclusive evolution in his songwriting. (Based in Medicine Hat, Alberta).
Jeff Faragher.
Known for his enrapturing performance style, Jeff Faragher is a natural entertainer. With extensive training and experience as a classical cellist he is the Kootenay's only professional cellist and one of the region’s most active performers.  Jeff plays regularly as a soloist with Symphony orchestras throughout western Canada in addition to playing in several chamber ensembles.  (Based in Nelson, B.C.)
Raine Hamilton performs ‘Lay Me Down’, see here
Raine Hamilton performs ‘January’, see here.
Brett Nelson performs ‘No Man’s Land’, see here.
Cellist Jeff Faragher plays, as part of a  performance with Raine Hamilton earlier this year, see here.
Photographs also attached of Raine Hamilton and Brett Nelson.
Canmore Cave Tours presents unEarthed, an ongoing series of collective underground experiences, shared stories and personal discoveries; created to take the lasting effect of Rat’s Nest Cave to an even deeper level.  With unEarthed, the inspiring journey through the cave sets the stage for creativity, exploration, boundary less experimentation, and connection.  The impressive Grand Gallery of the cave takes the place of a workshop space, a performance hall, a reflective Zen garden, a hub for inspiration, a unique classroom - the options are endless.
To see the latest line-up of unEarthed experiences, or if you’re interested in collaborating with Canmore Cave Tours on an idea for an unEarthed program, see:
Telephone interviews with ‘Into the Woods: Concert in the Cave’ artists Raine Hamilton and Brett Nelson are available leading up to the June 5th performance date, as well as with Max Koether, Canmore Cave Tours’ Experience Manager & Guide. 
Kymberley Hill, on behalf of Canmore Cave Tours

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