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Gabriel Minnikin

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The uniquely talented Canadian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Minnikin, has been a worker in song since the 1990s, both as a soloist and in collaboration with a range of hugely talented artists. His sound is located in country music and has a rawness of passion that one would expect from the tradition. His remarkable voice grabs you instantly. It is rich, layered, deep and full of texture and longing. Across a number of albums with various musicians and bands, his songs have shifted and developed, but all remain rooted by the same bold heart.

For a young man he is an old timer, honing his skills with Country outfit ‘The Guthries’ and involved in the critically acclaimed albums ‘Off Windmill’ (2000) and ‘The Guthries’ (2002), championed by John Peel and Bob Harris. Here he played, performed, listened, learned and found a sound of his own that would burst forth on his solo debut ‘Hard Feelings’ (2004). Emerging was an occupation of the spirit of songs that are sprung from a tradition yet profoundly unique to him. These songs are tales of captured moments, stories of lives playing out, both emotionally reactive and calmly reflective. Even in this early record, alongside tantalising dark edges can be felt the wry humour and knowing smile of a man navigating the world with all its pockmarks and pitfalls. Throughout all the albums there is integrity of intention and purpose that makes it impossible not to be fully engaged with the shape and tone of the songs. In 2006 Gabriel released ‘Wandering Midnight’ to a hugely enthusiastic response from those inside and outside the music industry.

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  • Canauka

    Gabriel Minnikin will be touring UK with sister Ruth this summer. Most of the shows are here..... July 6 GladEyes @ Deaf & Dumb Manchester July 13 The Earlies @ Summer in the Park Festival Manchester July 16 The Minnikins @ The Labour Club Northampton July 18 The Minnikins @ The Windmill London July 19 The Minnikins @ Truck Festival Steventon, Oxforshire July 24 The Minnikins @ The View 2 Gallery Liverpool July 25 The Minnikins @ Blow Out (Chorlton Irish Club) Manchester July 26 2008 The Minnikins @ The Summer Tyne Americana Festival New Castle July 26 The Minnikins @ Side Cafe New Castle July 30 The Minnikins @ Posada de Biniatro Campanet, Spain July 31 The Minnikins @ ARCA -pati- Palma, Spain Aug 1 The Minnikins @ The Borderline London Aug 2 The Minnikins @ Castle Palooza Offaly, Ireland Aug 3 The Minnikins @ Castle Palooza Offaly, Ireland Aug 8 The Minnikins @ The Kings Arms Manchester Aug 9 The Minnikins @ Bar Deux Nottingham Aug 10 The Minnikins @ The Grapes Sheffield

    21 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Canauka

    Gabriel's records are available for sale at these websites www.zunior.com www.myspace.com/gabrielminnikin HELP SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC !

    20 Jun 2008 Reply

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