Singer-songwriters share the stage at Nanaimo’s upcoming show – Nanaimo News Bulletin

Authors-composers-performers Laura Kelsey and Carl Longstaff are ready to make up for lost time during the COVID-19 pandemic with a performance at Nanaimo Bar on Saturday, May 7.

“The isolation and uncertainty of the past two years has definitely taken a toll on people,” Kelsey said in a press release.

“I think listeners could relate to the feeling of looking for solace when you can’t find it — like catching a ghost,” she said, referring to her recently released single Grabbing a Ghost, inspired by her own struggles with nighttime anxiety. and insomnia.

The show’s outlet also noted that Kelsey recently received a Telus-funded Storyhive grant to film an eight-part series called “New Home, New Music.” The series will feature musicians who have immigrated from other countries to Nanaimo and will air later in 2022.

Kelsey also received a 2022 Creative BC Recording Grant and plans to record her first solo EP with producer Winston Hauschild on Bowen Island, according to the release.

Also on stage Saturday is Longstaff, whose debut EP Divinereleased in September, is a testament to recovery and healing that chronicles past traumas and addictions through a collection of grunge-tinged alternative rock.

The show’s outlet noted that a feature-length documentary about Longstaff’s life is being produced by Vancouver Island filmmaker Nathan Reimer.

“I want to build a community that helps and supports each other with skills to better deal with how we feel as humans who’ve had a rough road — which is most of us,” Longstaff said, who is currently finishing her second EP, Honesty.

Kelsey and Longstaff will play at Nanaimo Bar, 2-75 Front St., at 9 p.m. on May 7, with tickets $5 and available at the door.
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