Chatham Cultural Centre’s Studio One. Sept 21, 2013 $10
Olenka and the Autumn Lovers are a unique musical force. Formed in early 2008 by Polish singer/songwriter Olenka Krakus, the band has a sound that mingles a strong Eastern European influence with elements of North American country and folk music. The band’s diverse instruments (classical guitar, cello, violin, pedal steel, lap steel, mandolin, trumpet, etc.) provide a distinctive, orchestral backdrop to Olenka’s provocative narratives. Influenced by her memories of Communist Poland and by the country’s folklore, Olenka investigates themes of social justice and personal responsibility, populating her songs with melancholy outcasts from both Polish and Canadian landscapes.
What does it mean to be an Ambre McLean fan?
The answer to that question begins the moment you hear her sing. It’s something you earn a deeper understanding of as you absorb her songs, or perhaps more accurately – as they absorb you. “Soul” is a word that means different things to different people… Some things need to be felt rather than summed up with words. Some things are better understood by that shiver down your spine, that smile on your face, or that tear that sneaks down your cheek. Whatever soul means to you, experiencing the music of Ambre McLean, may just leave you with a new definition.