Stone Poets
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Stone Poets

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Folk Adult Contemporary

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"Stone Poets bring a rockin' sense to indie folk"

When he played with Doug and the Slugs in the late ’90s and early 2000s, 20,000 people might wait before the stage.
Filling the same instrumental role behind the piano in Stone Poets, though, Marc Gladstone describes the experience as akin to that unmentionable front-of-the-classroom dream, baring one’s assets and talents, stripped down with no room for error.
“Stone Poets is really naked. Maybe put raw. We don’t play naked,” said the 52-year-old Gladstone in an interview this week.
Gladstone actually joined this particular act—one of many bands he plays for, including Prism—after his house was seconded by the other two members.
The group is a collaboration between Scott Jackson, frontman for the Surrey-based, pop/rock band Abandon Paris, and solo artist Cherelle Jardine, who is releasing her second album with her daughter under the name The Jardines.
Jardine and Jackson were playing a show on the same night a couple of years ago and Jackson decided Jardine might make the perfect yin to his yang on a duet he was writing.
As in any good grade-school fairytale romance, he asked Gladstone whether he thought she would work with him. Gladstone told him to ask her himself. One convoluted sounding negotiation later, the pair were planning a jam session in Gladstone’s house. And the rest, as they say, is the history of another young folk act.
“We say that it’s kind of dark folk because a lot of the content has kind of that dark, mysterious edge,” said Jardine, chiming in the same telephone interview.
Though Gladstone jokes about the band members having several demons in the closet, Jardine promises Beelzebub is not involved. Nevertheless, its a struggle for them to explain how a twisted country acoustic group with a penchant for goth costuming wound up in the trendy, if voluminous, folk category of the independent music scene, trying to duke it out with hipsters half their age.
“When you think of folk, you think of Canadiana and they’re writing about maple trees. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but folk is a hard word for us,” admitted Jardine.
Like many an act donning horn-rimmed glasses and jeans that make their thighs scream in the name of art, the band knows this is not an industry that takes kindly to thinking outside the box. Fitting the folk scene, even in name only, can’t hurt if it draws attention, for attracting new ears without a major label is always a feat. And it’s a critical one for the future of musicianship.
“It’s really important for people to come out and support independent music and hear new music instead of what the radio has to offer,” said Jardine, noting the bandmates are all lifelong musicians.
She credits the house concert program with the huge resurgence of the folk genre, pointing out venues for independent music have dwindled and this new idea, to hold concerts in peoples’ homes with sign up via the Internet, has really opened the door for more diversity within professional music.
Stone Poets will be taking the act through to Saskatchewan in a few months after another studio session.
Check out their dark folk stylings, then hear them play the Minstrel Café on Monday, Oct. 29, as part of a B.C. tour.
- Jennifer Smith - Kelowna Capital News


"Great songs, great harmonies....."

Hosted a House Concert with the wonderful Stone Poets last night. I would highly recommend checking them out if you get the chance. Great songs, great harmonies, great people.


- Mike Dixon, Maple Ridge, BC


"I am still singing their songs in my head..."

I recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a house concert featuring Stone Poets. The moving thoughtful lyrics and the beautiful blending of voices carried many of us away... Selections from their newly released CD, along with... unreleased songs gave the evening a range of emotions, leaving us all wanting more.
Many of our guests approached me, asking when I was going to bring them back to our part of BC... I am still singing their songs in my head...


- Cindy McCallum, Castlegar, BC


"I never knew what dark folk was before hearing the Stone Poets."

I never knew what dark folk was before hearing the Stone Poets... It is serious music that is seriously good, and the Stone Poets house concert made me want to experience more... From the recording studio to my neighbourhood, their live music was a rare treat... I was particularly moved by the song Invisible that featured Scott Jackson’s haunting vocal talents and lifted up by Cherelle Jardine and Marc Gladstone’s beautiful blend of voices... We all wanted to hear the words that rested in the melody because they touched each of us.

- Joanne Miller, Castlegar, BC


"vocal flow is genius..."

Trippin’ On Daisies: Cherelle is definitely kicking a** in this song for me. ...comparison to Patti Smith here for me in the vocals... ...thought that the vocal flow is genius...

Invisible: Song writing is extremely classic here, sounds like a hit, if not for you, for someone... like Alicia Keys ...a perfect pop song in all ways... ...it's the writing... ...a song that won’t be contained for long.

Sinking: Menacing emotional piano here. Slow burning... Again, very Patti Smith here to me... Scott is unreal in the ending.


- Jeremy Gladstone, writer at Kludge Magazine; owner/operator at Sleeping Bag Studios


"Vocal arrangement supremo... Very melodic."

... they [tracks] sound superb. Clean mastering. Well-recorded. Great songwriting, performing, singing. Deserving of success.

I Wish: Wow... Lyrical honesty here... Classy piano hook... Great melody writing.

Invisible: Another classic piano hook?... Great title... Vocal arrangement supremo... Very melodic.

Sinking: As the bio line says, dark. Cherelle does dark well... Marianne Faithful eat your heart out...

You folks certainly have the substance of an album here; a body of work.
Congratulations...


- Al Harlow, lead vocalist and founding member of Prism


"Vocal arrangement supremo... Very melodic."

... they [tracks] sound superb. Clean mastering. Well-recorded. Great songwriting, performing, singing. Deserving of success.

I Wish: Wow... Lyrical honesty here... Classy piano hook... Great melody writing.

Invisible: Another classic piano hook?... Great title... Vocal arrangement supremo... Very melodic.

Sinking: As the bio line says, dark. Cherelle does dark well... Marianne Faithful eat your heart out...

You folks certainly have the substance of an album here; a body of work.
Congratulations...


- Al Harlow, lead vocalist and founding member of Prism


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

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Out of Abandon Paris (rock/reggae) and The Jardines (roots-country/pop), Stone Poets emerge with a blend of raw folk, darker and edgier than expected.

Marc Gladstone, Scott Jackson and Cherelle Jardine.
Collectively they are Stone Poets…

What began as a single songwriting session to write one song, developed into a weekly gathering of creative minds and a virtual song factory. Stone Poets have been described as “hard folk noir”… folk perhaps, because of the instrumentation: keyboard, two acoustic guitars and rich harmony laden vocals… dark perhaps, as the subject matter in their songs ventures into dangerous waters sometimes…

“Trippin’ on Daisies” is their 1st studio release; recorded at The Factory, in Vancouver BC with Sheldon Zaharko. "Trippin'" showcases and introduces their unique talent.

Marc Gladstone – He started playing piano at 7 years old, winning many awards and competitions by age 20. A former member of Doug and the Slugs; Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd; he now plays with Prism, Abandon Paris (with Scott Jackson) and the Jardines (with Cherelle Jardine).

Scott Jackson – With his background in English Literature, specifically in Elizabethan poetry, the quality of his lyrics shouldn't surprise… and they do. Scott has 2 CDs under his own name and has received extensive radio play across Canada and the USA. He is also the lead vocalist with Abandon Paris.

Cherelle Jardine – She’s been writing and recording since 1995 and has produced 5 CDs in that period. Winner of the “Ethel Tibbets” award (woman of distinction) for her continued work in the Arts and a Richmond Art award for Cultural Leadership. She’s the founder and leader of The Jardines – a country/pop group that just released their 2nd cd.