Award winning rocker, singer/songwriter Sarah Smith performed her Unveiling album release show at the beautifully renovated Bank Theatre in downtown Leamington on November 20. Unveiling is a collection of deeply personal songs written during a time of chaos and change in the musician’s life. The result is an album of emotional ebb and flow going from feelings of despair, loneliness and reflection to hope, rebirth and joy.
Sarah has a natural ability to connect with everyone in the audience with her raw and personal performances. Her smile is infectious, and in the end, Sarah’s music and stage presence inspires and lifts everyone within range. I’ve watched this warm and talented performer grow since her days with The Joys. It’s been a real pleasure seeing her songwriting and vocals mature.
One of the hardest working musicians around, she plays over 300 shows yearly in Canada, the United States, and Europe, all the while she never stops creating. Unveiling is Sarah Smith at her best and most raw, making this one of her best albums to date.
The Bank Theatre show was the first of 4 CD Release Parties and it was a real thrill to get to experience this show in Leamington before her hometown show in London, Ontario. The catharsis in her performance was palpable, this was a literal unveiling of her soul. One song in particular, The Hider, was a difficult song for her to sing because of it’s deep personal nature, Sarah told the audience. It was performed by just her and guitarist Guy Miskelly.
During the show, a large screen behind the band projected images related to each song as it was performed, creating a captivating atmosphere that emphasized the emotion behind each track. This was a treat for loyal fans who have seen her play dozens of shows at local pubs and festivals over the years as they continue to support her unfailingly.
Supporting Sarah on stage this night was her long time core group of players, Ken The Zen Ross on bass, Guy Miskelly on guitar, Bobby Reynolds on drums, Adam Plante on keys, and John Huff on backing vocals.
Opening the show was guitarist, singer/songwriter Deni Gauthier along with John Huff on drums. Gauthier is a great talent himself who sometimes fills in on guitar during Sarah’s shows. He also tours along with Huff and Ken Ross on European runs. Gauthier’s haunting melodies and soothing vocals made for a fine warm up and I’d love to hear him perform a full show on any other night. A man of many talents, Gauthier was also responsible for mixing and mastering Sarah’s Unveiling album.
Unveiling is the mult-award winning artist’s fifth studio album. For more information about Sarah Smith and her latest album visit https://www.sarahsmithmusic.com
For more about The Bank Theatre including upcoming shows visit https://banktheatre.com
Article & Photos by Dan Boshart
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