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NEWS: Iqaluit October 04, 2012 - 6:20 am

Australian musician brings folk music to Iqaluit

David MacDonald Ross will play with local Marion Lewis at Inuksuk High School Oct. 6

David Ross MacDonald will play original folk and acoustic Oct. 6 in Iqaluit. (HANDOUT PHOTO)
David Ross MacDonald will play original folk and acoustic Oct. 6 in Iqaluit. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

More live music is in store for people in Iqaluit: Australian musician David Ross MacDonald will perform Oct. 6 at Inuksuk High School.

Ross MacDonald plays drums in the Australian folk band The Waifs, but sometimes tours as a solo artist.

But the singer-songwriter will travel alone to Iqaluit to play a style that’s been described as “a collaboration between Nick Drake and a mid-1970’s Bruce Cockburn.”

Ross MacDonald’s finger-style guitar playing accompanies his singing.

“I’m excited to go to a part of the world that is unlike any part of Australia,” he said.

On his wish list, a change to “go out and about” around Iqaluit before and taste Arctic char before he continues his tour in Ontario

Born into a musical family, Ross MacDonald returned to his musical roots after spending time working as a geologist.

That’s another reason coming to Iqaluit excites Ross MacDonald: he can check out the landscape.

He’ll play his acoustic folk guitar songs on a 75-year-old guitar to “tell stories and share music.”

The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Local pianist and children’s book author Marion Lewis will open the show.

Throat-singing three-year olds at the Tumikuluit child care centre children will also perform.

For adults, tickets – available at Arctic Ventures—are $25 at the door, $15 for youth.

Elders and kids under 12 can see the show, offered by Alianait, for free.

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