Sandy Stubbert

Sandy Stubbert

 Kingston, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist based in Kingston, Ontario. Born in Belleville and raised in Kingston, Sandy spent 30 years in Toronto holding down day-jobs while developing her art as a solo artist and in ensembles - Two (80s folk-duo), Two-Penny Opera (80s & 90 folk-rock band), Compass (90s folk-rock band), Roses in The Snow (all woman's blue-grass band). Now in her 50s, after a long break from her music career, she is embarking on a genre-blending musical journey.

Biography

Sandy is a veteran of the grassroots, independent Canadian music scene. She began her singer/songwriter career at age 16 in a Kingston folk-club called "The Vaults". She has performed in venues such as Convocation Hall (opened for Ferron) and Toronto's Harbourfront Centre; music festivals such as Owen Sound Summerfolk, Calgary Folk Festival, Mariposa, Blues Skies, Northern Lights (Sudbury); Toronto clubs including the Horseshoe, Rivoli, Ultra Sound, C'est What, Free Times Cafe, Silver Dollar and other venues including Kingston's Stages (opened for Crash Test Dummies), Vancouver's Railway Club, Calgary's Nickalodian, Saskatoon's 23 Below Folk Club; live performances on TV and radio (City TV and CBC radio). Her powerful voice, both musically and lyrically, and masterful guitar playing are her calling card.  Her passion is blending the styles of the genres which have influenced her music and sound - country, bluegrass, folk, blues, rock, celtic and pop music.

THE BACKING STORY

During her high school years Sandy played in a bluegrass band, her high school concert and stage bands and was involved in theatrical productions. She has a deep love of singing around campfires and has sung to mine workers and fire fighters in rustic northern bars in Red Lake and performed solo at coffee houses in addition to playing folk festivals and clubs across Canada.

In 1983 Sandy began a 9-year musical partnership with Mary-Ellen Anderson founding the folk-duo Two which evolved into the folk-rock band Two-Penny Opera.  This partnership resulted in two independent recordings: Loose Marbles in a Big Wooden Box in April '88, produced by Ian Tamblyn, and Dead & Crazy People in May '92, produced by John Switzer.  Both recordings received airplay on the CBC, campus radio stations and select commercial radio stations in Ontario.

From '92 to '98 Sandy was a member of the local Toronto folk-rock band Compass. In December of 1998 she released her first solo recording, Kick The Moon. Produced by Bill Garrett, this recording is a canvas for nine original songs and one Joni Mitchell cover ('California' from the album Blue).  Beginning in the summer of 2003 Sandy was invited to play in the all girls bluegrass band Roses in the Snow. She was part of this dynamic foursome for 18 months playing gigs throughout southern Ontario including the Ontario Bluegrass Awards and OCFF private showcases.

In May of 2013, Sandy returned to her hometown of Kingston, Ontario.  2015 is a year of new beginnings for Sandy as she begins rebuilding her music career including work on a new album.



Discography

1998. Kick The Moon. Sandy Stubbert. Produced by Bill Garrett.

1991. Dead & Crazy People. Two-Penny Opera. Produced by John Switzer.

1988. Loose Marbles in a Big Wooden Box. Two. Produced by Ian Tamblyn.