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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:17

Local musicians release albums Nov. 29

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Local musicians Dave Cyca and Mark Penner will be hosting a joint CD release concert on Nov. 29 at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current. The two have been hard at work both as solo artists and as a duo, and even did instrumentation and backup vocals on each others' recordings.


“For the release, we will share the stage,” explained Cyca. “He’ll do some of his songs, I’ll do some of mine, backed up by a full band. We are hoping to put on a nice evening of original music and sound.”


Cyca has been playing music for most of his life, but until fairly recently only shared his music with family and friends. When he started writing his own songs in 2009, he started to take his passion for music a bit more seriously.


“I was watching and listening to a lot of singer / songwriters, and I realized that they seemed to be having a lot of fun. So I tried a few things, and the more I did, the more exciting it got,” Cyca said. “I like playing with words and rhyme, telling a story, and creating a sort of feeling or picture for people to imagine. It can be really kind of rewarding when you can put those lyrics with a melody to make something. And if other people enjoy it, that’s all the better.”


Penner has been writing songs since his early twenties, and recently has been looking to his family history for inspiration. His grandfather fled Russia in 1926, after the revolution, and Penner feels that his background has been an inspiration to his life in general.


“It's like taking a journey, leaving the past behind and going toward hope in the future,” he noted. “I hope people get that kind of feeling from listening to the album. It's an eclectic mix of sounds, with influences of old country, gospel, jazz, blues, and even a bit of folk rock and roll.”


He is excited to be able to share the release of the album with Cyca, since the two have been working together for about three years now. Their styles are similar, and they complement each other well. They are grateful for the thriving music scene in Swift Current, which has enabled them to do a lot of performing.


“It's a pleasure to be able to do this show at the Lyric, there are so many great things going on there and it's so awesome to be a part of that,” Penner explained. “It's a nice feeling, when the crowd is connecting with what you've written and they are really getting what you're singing about.”


Cyca noted that ticket sales are going well so far, and they are hoping to sell out for the event. Doors will open at Lyric on Nov. 29 at 7pm, with music beginning at 8pm. Tickets are only $15, and are available at Pharmasave.


“I myself really enjoy listening to live music, and I hope others do too,” added Cyca. “It's something great that we can share with people, and that's always really nice.”

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