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Feb
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Jon McLurg @ RCHA Club

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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Jon McLurg has a very gentle, soft, and delicate voice, almost whispery, and the music surrounding him plays to that, never hurrying even when a tad up tempo ("Blue Pinstripes" and etc.), forever attentive to fading snapshots from the old days...especially when they're a matter of modern times sieved through sepia tones and provincial lacework. His band clearly loves the Americana refrains and essences flowing through *The Auctioneer*, all sinuously gliding beside him through 11 excellent songs while Chris C. dubs in resonant vocal accompaniments.

McLurg has a way with words as well, and it greatly cements his folkie bent, exceeding much of what is otherwise too carelessly scribed in genre lyricry:

Passion is the power
That makes the world go round
Power is the passion that slowly grinds it down
Destiny's a diamond on the wrong side of town
It takes a hungry eye to even see it

That's from the title cut, and that's poetry with insight and cleverness worthy of the form's better days. Or consider this from Etta Baker:

When I asked "Why should I try?"
Silently you showed me why
Like a tightrope walker on a big high wire
Shows small men why they live

That last line can slay, digging into profundity in a way that quietly shocks. Poetry was never meant to be a diary but rather a search for the marriage of thought, words, and meter in a way that forces the reader to stow the words away and ponder their vectors (or, as John Cage said, it's where the world of words enters the world of music). When it's set, as here, in undulating rhythms and careful instrumental understatement (despite the somewhat lush atmospheres), it gains even more in the unexpected tapping of the shoulder and knowing smile from a narrative that looks into your soul. Then the subtlety of the delivery quietly pours into insight with knowing discretion and you find yourself years later remembering the refrain and still thinking about it.

By Mark S. Tucker, 2009
- Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange


Jon McLurg has a very gentle, soft, and delicate voice, almost whispery, and the music surrounding him plays to that, never hurrying even when a tad up tempo ("Blue Pinstripes" and etc.), forever attentive to fading snapshots from the old days...especially when they're a matter of modern times sieved through sepia tones and provincial lacework. His band clearly loves the Americana refrains and essences flowing through *The Auctioneer*, all sinuously gliding beside him through 11 excellent songs while Chris C. dubs in resonant vocal accompaniments.

McLurg has a way with words as well, and it greatly cements his folkie bent, exceeding much of what is otherwise too carelessly scribed in genre lyricry:

Passion is the power
That makes the world go round
Power is the passion that slowly grinds it down
Destiny's a diamond on the wrong side of town
It takes a hungry eye to even see it

That's from the title cut, and that's poetry with insight and cleverness worthy of the form's better days. Or consider this from Etta Baker:

When I asked "Why should I try?"
Silently you showed me why
Like a tightrope walker on a big high wire
Shows small men why they live

That last line can slay, digging into profundity in a way that quietly shocks. Poetry was never meant to be a diary but rather a search for the marriage of thought, words, and meter in a way that forces the reader to stow the words away and ponder their vectors (or, as John Cage said, it's where the world of words enters the world of music). When it's set, as here, in undulating rhythms and careful instrumental understatement (despite the somewhat lush atmospheres), it gains even more in the unexpected tapping of the shoulder and knowing smile from a narrative that looks into your soul. Then the subtlety of the delivery quietly pours into insight with knowing discretion and you find yourself years later remembering the refrain and still thinking about it.

By Mark S. Tucker, 2009
- Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange


Discography

All These Things - 2005
The Auctioneer - 2008
Time is Tall - 2010

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Jon McLurg: Singer/Songwriter

Jon McLurg is a songwriter for Kingston, Ontario who has been turning heads across North America since he started performing his original music. In 2005 he performed at the Mississippi John Hurt Music Festival in Teoc, Mississippi. During this same year his band Crooked Wood was showcased at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Jon has since branched off into a solo performing career. This young Canadian tunesmith has also opened for the legendary Fred Eaglesmith, as well as sharing the stage with Juno Award winners Sarah Harmer, Old Man Luedecke and David Francey.

Jon's discography includes three albums: All These Things (2005), The Auctioneer (2008) and Time is Tall (2010). His fourth release, The Fall, is currently in post-production and will be released in the winter of 2011.

This quietly confident artist was noticed on the international scene in 2010, when he was chosen as one of only ten performers for the songwriter showcase at The New Jersey Folk Festival. He also won American Songwriter Magazine's lyric contest in their July/August 2010 issue with Someone Thinks of You from The Auctioneer.

Here is an excerpt from the press release for Jon McLurg's album Time is Tall (Released September 19th 2010). It was composed by Chris Morris, organizer of the Kingston Folk Club:

Jon McLurg is a folk singer from Kingston, Ontario, who is currently supporting his third solo album Time is Tall. This remarkable album showcases his stunning songwriting abilities, and will be available on iTunes and in record stores around Kingston on September 21, 2010. It's not often one can find an artist so deeply immersed in folk's roots. As with his previous two records, Time is Tall is a seamless mixture of Appalachian folk, Bluegrass, Americana, Country, Delta blues, and Celtic influences.

Jon's influences are also very evident; Mississippi John Hurt, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan. To pick out one in any given song is a challenge, which is a testament to Jon's skilful songwriting abilities.

It's not just in the writing with Jon McLurg. His voice is delicate, yet it never wavers. He sings each word like it's the most important lyric in the song. He's also a master fingerpicker capable of playing a variety of styles, which helps make his live solo performances as strong as the ones with his full backing band.

The songs on Time is Tall exude a timeless feel. Neither uber-contemporary nor old-fashioned, the lyrics, the music, the production, the instrumentation all complement each other exquisitely to allow the songwriting to take centre stage. Each track has several inspiring lyrics that the listener can take with them when the song is over.

Booking Contact:
Linda Wild
Telephone:
(613) 548-1638
wildhorn@sympatico.ca