Grizfest Entertainers

Jack Connolly Playing at Grizfest July 30

“Jack Connolly is a class act and a great talent!”

With that encouragement from fellow Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane capping off a remarkable summer of 2004, Jack Connolly is like a secret that needs to get out. At twenty, he has earned more than kid-circuit kudos. He started playing coffee houses when he was 12; by 16 he was playing festival main stages; a year later, he was opening

for Canadian touring acts like Colin James, 54°40, and Spirit of the West when they hopped over to the Island; and at 18, he was selected by David Foster to play at Foster’s gala fundraiser in Victoria.

Connolly’s first break came at 15 when he sang “Ride This Water” (with Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard backing him on guitar) at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo. “Jack’s performance put our concert into overdrive,” said John Capon, show producer. But it’s difficult to give a kid that kind of candy (600 fans and enough thunderous applause to bring him back to

the stage, unrehearsed, to help close the show) and expect him to leave the candy store. Through innumerable open stage performances, restaurants, cafes, festivals and opening slots, Connolly developed a stage act and a cache of original tunes effective even in their most elemental form–on a bare stage with just acoustic guitar and his voice–the singer and the songs stand up. Give Jack Connolly a band and a dance floor or a theatre stage and everybody stands up!

Connolly recorded The Empty Café in the Spring of 2003. At the Vancouver Island Music Awards In May 2004, The Empty Café came away with two awards: “Best Producer/Engineer” (Rick Salt) and “Songwriters of the Year” (Jack Connolly, Jay Connolly.) “I wanted the second album to represent the next stage in the song writing,” says Jack. “I call it roots rock, but some people might call it alt-country in the area

of Blue Rodeo or John Mellencamp. They might call it Americana in the States, but I don’t think the same thing is called Canadiana up here!”

For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre at 250-242-4246. Visit our website at www.grizfest.com