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Trevor Tchir

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Trevor Tchir was born in St. Albert, Alberta, and grew up loving Ukrainian-Canadian food, the open air of the prairies, the imposing Rocky Mountains, and the music at Edmonton Folk Festival and North Country Fair. It was at these festivals that Tchir began to appreciate acoustic roots music, especially that which told a story. It was also here that Tchir first heard folk musicians who had a significant early influence on his own musical ideas, including Bill Bourne, a vital force in the Albertan, Canadian, and world folk music scenes.

Tchir left Alberta at age 17 to spend a year working in the House of Commons, where he got a behind-the-scenes look at Canadian political theatre. In 1997, he began playing regularly at Sandy Hill’s Dunvegan Pub, where he would meet musical friends Bill Barnes, Peter Webb, Pierre Chrétien, Chris Lochner, and poet K.L. McKay, among others. These were years of fruitful creative collaboration, spawning Tchir’s first release, The Way I Feel Today, recorded in March 1999 by Webb in his Nelson Street basement studio-apartment. Tchir continued to play local Ottawa Valley venues such as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Black Sheep Inn, Cajun Attic, National Library Auditorium, and the Ottawa Tulip Festival, sharing the stage with acts like Drums and Tuba, Garnet Rogers, Jacob Two-Two, Richard Wood, Emm Gryner, Julie Larocque, Peter Webb, and Purple.

In June 2001, Tchir released his second full-length album, November, a collection of songs that found shape at Dunvegan shows and that features many of the venue’s musical patrons.

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