Will Gillespie
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Will Gillespie

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"Friday, May 24th - Static and Snow - $7.00 at the door"

by Paul Loewenberg

Toronto-based Power Trio Static & Snow bring their own brand of Genuine, Full-Spectrum Canadian Rock & Roll to the Townehouse celebrating their new EP Static & Snow. This seems to be the band Will Gillespie has been searching for. Of course, Will has had a Chameleon like career in music over the last ten years. The best part is that every time he hits a new evolution of music, he carts it around the province to say... look at what we're doing now! From songwriter to crooner and cabaret man to power pop genius... Will Gillespie is always evolving his artistry. http://www.staticandsnow.com/ - Townehouse Calendar


"Friday, May 24th - Static and Snow - $7.00 at the door"

by Paul Loewenberg

Toronto-based Power Trio Static & Snow bring their own brand of Genuine, Full-Spectrum Canadian Rock & Roll to the Townehouse celebrating their new EP Static & Snow. This seems to be the band Will Gillespie has been searching for. Of course, Will has had a Chameleon like career in music over the last ten years. The best part is that every time he hits a new evolution of music, he carts it around the province to say... look at what we're doing now! From songwriter to crooner and cabaret man to power pop genius... Will Gillespie is always evolving his artistry. http://www.staticandsnow.com/ - Townehouse Calendar


"New record shows the villains, victims of love"

Songwriter Will Gillespie takes the stage at the Townehouse Tavern on Saturday alongside drummer Josh Turnbull and bassist David Gluck, under the banner Old World Romance.

The performance will offer songs from the newly released record, Josh Turnbull Presents: Will Gillespie.

Gillespie returns to Sudbury, where he was once a regular fixture, playing a couple of times a month and writing constantly.

He has been recording for 10 years, releasing two albums a year. The new record is a departure from his previous releases, which were recorded and produced on a much smaller scale. The collection of songs appears courtesy of a greater budget and a longer and more focused time for recording. Turnbull gets engineering credits and shares the production with Will, who described the recording process as a collaboration between the two bandmates.

The songs come from two characters with two very different voices. One voice is fragile and human; the other voice is what Gillespie calls the "Vaudevillain."

"It gives me a different perspective to write from ... a theatrical vehicle," he says.

The songs in the Vaudevillain voice are dreamy and circus-like, with poetic imagery and dramatic waltzing and meandering. The more fragile character, who helps the listener relate to the human struggle and all its bittersweet trials, is interjected throughout the record, acting like a hopeful and helpful stranger.

"Villain and victim is what we call them", Gillespie says.

His dualistic approach to the songs is an attempt to create a story through the album's sequencing. The more personal songs were recorded simply, with as little production as possible.

The idea was to bring the listener closer to the subject matter, which deals mostly with a longing to keep a positive outlook on life despite mistakes, regrets and lost love.

Even staring in the face of love lost, Gillespie looks at the positive side of at least once having loved.

All the songs on Josh Turnbull Presents: Will Gillespie are essentially love songs. There are many versions of self-love and love for others represented here. It starts with self-worth, forgiveness type love, where the listener could feel pleased with recent changes they have made in their lives. You can listen to A Beautiful Thing and keep looking up.

Gillespie takes us next to a retelling of a paramedic's tale of rescuing people from a horrible car accident in the song, Making Ground.

The story serves as a lesson in helping others and a metaphor for personal growth and relinquishing of bad habits.

On The Highway brings you from darkness to the exhilarating feeling of love in its early stages, where the lover has to consciously take a moment to catch their breath as the world whirls by and the only important things are love and the lovers.

Next, Gillespie introduces the character of the villain. Off To The Races is a circus-waltz that gives witness to the rouge's love of dancing in the ballroom after dark with Sarah and Cindy. Romance has always been tightly knit with the macabre -- love and the loathsome; beauty and the baleful.

Moonglow extends the villain who sings a love song to the moon in this sweet ode to dreaming, ageing and the hypnotic quality of a heavenly body. An Affair Not To Remember re-introduces the more personal character and has him dealing with emotional turmoil.

It is a visceral song that deals with tastes and smells and regret and leaves the true lover the victim of love.

Raise Them Bones has the villain exploiting the previous character's vulnerability with the skeletons from his closet.

They are broken apart and made into a crown and then sewn and tended to like flowers to be harvested later.

This forewarning is realized in the next track, Had My Chance. Here, the victim of his own actions is coming to terms with the way he has dealt with the responsibility of caring for and being cared for by someone.

He is grateful still to have had the oppo - the Sudbury Star


"Genuine, Full-Spectrum Canadian Rock & Roll"

by Allison Brown

Toronto's Newest Power Trio deliver their own brand of artistically-crafted, true-to-form Rock and Roll on their debut self-titled EP.

With orchestrated percussion and harmony vocal arrangements by drummer-producer Josh Turnbull and fluid bass lines from David Gluck Static & Snow proves it was not forged in your average garage.

Hints of nineties indie-rock sneak through frontman/songwriter Will Gillespie's smooth, saucy vocals; but his smirking lyrics betray nice guy charm on "Alright Already" and "Look So Easy".

With the timelessness of a lasting Love, "Moving to Music" is rock balladry at its best, certain to rise to 'last dance' status at the high school prom.

The EP was produced by Static & Snow and recorded by Josh Turnbull at his Toronto studio this Spring.

Fresh from a month-long residency at Supermarket in downtown Toronto's Kensington Market, Static & Snow takes the stage there on June 13th as part of a NXNE festival showcase. A highlight of the trio's Summer schedule is as part of the lineup for the River & Sky Festival on July 20th. Full list of dates at www.staticandsnow.com . - Brown Paper Publicity


"Genuine, Full-Spectrum Canadian Rock & Roll"

by Allison Brown

Toronto's Newest Power Trio deliver their own brand of artistically-crafted, true-to-form Rock and Roll on their debut self-titled EP.

With orchestrated percussion and harmony vocal arrangements by drummer-producer Josh Turnbull and fluid bass lines from David Gluck Static & Snow proves it was not forged in your average garage.

Hints of nineties indie-rock sneak through frontman/songwriter Will Gillespie's smooth, saucy vocals; but his smirking lyrics betray nice guy charm on "Alright Already" and "Look So Easy".

With the timelessness of a lasting Love, "Moving to Music" is rock balladry at its best, certain to rise to 'last dance' status at the high school prom.

The EP was produced by Static & Snow and recorded by Josh Turnbull at his Toronto studio this Spring.

Fresh from a month-long residency at Supermarket in downtown Toronto's Kensington Market, Static & Snow takes the stage there on June 13th as part of a NXNE festival showcase. A highlight of the trio's Summer schedule is as part of the lineup for the River & Sky Festival on July 20th. Full list of dates at www.staticandsnow.com . - Brown Paper Publicity


Discography

Learning How to Let Go (2014) WJG002

Will Gillespie (2013) WJG001

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"From songwriter to crooner and cabaret man to power pop genius... Will Gillespie is always evolving his artistry"-(Paul Loewenberg, Artistic Director Northern Lights Festival Boreal)

Will Gillespie's live show is as much of a cabaret act as it is any other kind of show. Call him a crooner, a cabaret man, a folk singer, a troubadour, a Songwriter's Songwriter Will Gillespie is all of these things. He writes and plays in a unique way that is simultaneously candid and theatrical, equally expressive and versatile as a finger-style guitarist. In all three ways, as writer, performer and musician he has developed a unique voice that speaks deeply to a genuine experience he is more than happy to share in his own charming way.

Well-crafted, thoughtful songs sung and played so naturally Gillespie's whole body seems to be telling the story with the guitar (or piano or ukulele, as the case may be) setting the backdrop and accentuating the action. The voicings of the chords, the vocal and instrumental delivery, even the language of the lyrics all speak in the same voice of the same character, different, depending on the subject, making each show a truly dynamic experience with an equal blend of thoughtful craft and quick-witted spontaneity.

No wonder people have literally laughed, cried and danced all at the same show.

"a one-of-a-kind, finger-picking, old-time crooning genuine songwriter you absolutely must see perform"
-(Matt Thompson)

He brings the audience into the world of the song through cleverly adapted guitar techniques, charming stage persona, classic, infectious melodies and

"smirking lyrics (that) betray Nice-guy charm" -(Allison Brown, Brown Paper Publicity, Border City Roots Radio Host)

"Will Gillespie's music has the ability to speak deeply to absolutely anybody!" -(Jeremie Brazeau)

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