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CFMA finalist Jon Brooks plays Fridas Villas house concert 

An award-winning folk musician comes to Salt Spring next week for a house concert at Fridas Villa. 

Jon Brooks performs at the home of Tracy Harrison and Carl Borgstrom at 1375 Beddis Road on Thursday, Dec. 3. 

Harrison describes the Toronto-based Brooks as “an exceptional and provocative songwriter” who has won a number of prestigious awards. He was a 2009 Mountain Stage New Song Contest finalist, the 2008 winner of the Mac Beattie Award at the Porcupines, the 2007 Song from the Heart award-winner at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, and a Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee for the best songwriter in 2007 and 2009. 

Harrison notes that Harry Manx has bestowed fine praise on Brooks. 

“He reminds me of Steve Earl, Bruce Cockburn and Ray Bonneville in his honest, gritty vocal delivery and his straight-shooting political songwriting which honours the tradition of folk music without the contrived earnest format of many folk songs,” said Manx. 

Andy Frank of the Toronto City Roots Festival is also a fan. 

“In my experience of booking roots-music festivals, videotaping and radio-broadcasting live music performances, I have observed that there are only a handful of solo guitar-slinging folksingers who are able to instantly grip and maintain an audience’s attention for whatever time they wish. Jon Brooks is one of those rare performers…a consummate professional troubadour.” 

Next Thursday’s show sees the doors open at 6:30 pm, with the music beginning at 7. 

Tea and treats will be available. People can bring food to share if they like and an item for the Salt Spring Food Bank. 

Tickets cost $12. 

As seating is limited, people should book their tickets as soon as possible. 

Harrison recommends buying tickets online through the website . People can also call 250-537-1333 or send an email to . 

November, 2009