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Cods go green for St. Paddy's Day
Vernon Morning Star - March 11th, 2017
It must be the luck of the Irish, or just how the Gregorian calendar rolls, but after a long wait, St. Patrick’s Day is finally falling on a Friday.
It was way back on March 17, 2006 when this last happened, and what better way to celebrate a Friday St. Paddy’s Day than with Vernon’s own band Cod Gone Wild.
The Cods will bring both modern and traditional Irish and Maritime music to their performance in the grand ballroom at the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre.
“St. Patrick’s Day allows everyone the chance to be Irish for a day, dress in your favourite green outfit, drink some green beer (or a Guinness), eat some Irish stew (which will be available for sale at the event) and of course dance to some great Irish and Celtic tunes,” said Cod frontman and founder, Andrew Mercer.
Last year, the band was on tour and was unable to put on its annual St. Patrick’s Day performance.
As in the past, this year’s show is in aid of the Sun FM Have a Heart radiothon, which raises funds for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. The Cods have donated more than $8,000 from its St. Patrick’s Day concert proceeds towards the radiothon the last several years, said Mercer.
“It’s exciting to be back in Vernon, partnering with Sun FM and the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation for St. Patrick’s Day, with a brand new lineup of amazing musicians to showcase to our followers in the area,” he said. “Vernon has given us so much support in the past and it is important to give back to the community that has supported us from day one and has made this journey possible.”
The Cods, who went through some changes last fall, adding drummer David Mihal, bassist Martyn Jones, and guitarist Sean Bray, are not wasting any time. The March 17 show will mark the launch of the band’s Pledge Music Campaign in support of its brand new album, set to be released in May.
“Fans will have the opportunity to pre-buy a signed copy of the album at the show and get a chance to hear a few of the new songs that will be recorded on the upcoming record,” said Mercer.
The new album will consist of a mix of original and traditional material that the band will be touring over the summer and into the fall across Western Canada.
Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day party at the Vernon Lodge features a full cash bar and concession serving Irish stew and a bun for $5. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $27 in advance at the Ticket Seller in the Performing Arts Centre, by phone at 250-549-7469 or online at www.ticketseller.ca. Tickets are $35 at the door. Must be 19 and over to attend.
For more information visit www.codgonewild.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Musicians Joining Cod Gone Wild in February
DAVID MIHAL - Drums, Percussion
Influenced by the many great drummers of the 70's, David began playing in his early teens and was soon working at a professional level. Some of his early work included Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli and RCA recording artist Shawne Jackson (Domenic Troiano).
While living in Toronto and studying with drummer and author Peter Magadini, David was asked to join Canadian jazz icon Oliver Jones and tour the US with Jamaican singer Kenny Hamilton. Living in New York City while touring with that project greatly influenced his musical development, providing the opportunity to meet many of the great artists and drummers of that period, including Elvin Jones. Upon returning to Canada, David spent the early 80's touring and recording with the "Refugee" forerunner "Michael Fury".
David currently records drum tracks for projects around the world from his private studio in Kelowna, BC, and as of 2014, is spending much of his time in Los Angeles.
SEAN BRAY - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Sean Bray is a well respected guitarist, composer and educator who has played with various artists on many diverse projects.
While in New York, Bray studied at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Bray has played with and/or recorded with
George Garzone, Pat LaBarbera, Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, Liberty Silver, Matt “Guitar” Murphy from the Blues Brothers,
Mike Murley and Vincent Wolfe. He also composes for film and television and has taught at The University of Guelph and
The Toronto Film School.
According to jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie, “Sean Bray is a real treat to listen to.” Possessing the ability to fit into many musical genres, while still retaining an unmistakably original voice on his instrument, has made him an in demand session player in Canada. He also leads the popular Sean Bray’s Peach Trio. Bray is endorsed
by PRS Guitars, Planet Waves and D’Addario strings. CBC Radio also named Bray as one of Canada’s top 50 guitarists of all time.