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Grand Piano Sessions kicks off with Juno nominee Royal Wood

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Juno nominee Royal Wood will be bringing his catchy, honest blend of pop-folk music to Swift Current as the first performer in Blenders and Art Gallery of Swift Current's newest concert series, the Grand Piano Sessions, on March 8.



Wood has been playing piano for as long as he can remember. He started playing by ear at the age of four, and quickly picked up numerous other instruments – including guitar, drums, trumpet, clarinet, and bass guitar.


“My parents had instruments lying around the house, and I just kind of gravitated to that,” he admitted. “Some kids pick up a hockey stick, but I just wanted music. I don't think artists really make decisions about it, we just follow the current and it leads where it leads. My earliest memories are of wanting to do this.”


Since then, Wood has worked towards making a living as an artist. He finds catharsis in creating, and enjoys writing and cooking and creating in other forms, but noted that music brings him the most joy.


“I don't think music comes from us, I think it comes through us – at least, the great songs do,” Wood said. “I don't ever sit down and do any writing exercises or anything, I just follow it and listen to it and get down as much as I can. It's not readily available, so when it is I take advantage of that.”


Through his music, Wood hopes to take the listener on a journey. While his music is all emotionally driven and honest, he tends to switch genres from song to song. Depending on where his muse takes him, Wood explores pop, folk, cabaret, and even jazz and classical music.


“Having an instrument in your hand and being able to make sounds, it's exciting,” he noted. “Doing a show like this is a great way to return to my roots as a singer / songwriter. As much as I love big tours with the band, this is a bit of a different hat to wear.”


As a small town native, Wood is looking forward to performing in Swift Current and sharing some stories, newer music, and some of his hit songs. He is also excited to perform on AGSC's grand piano.


“Honestly, I'd describe my feelings for the piano in the same way as I'd describe my first kiss,” explained Wood. “It was my first love, and other things followed. To me, it's still the most moving, haunting instrument. It's an orchestra in your hands, the full range, everything. That's exciting to me.”



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