North Bay artists release locally-made music in time for Christmas

Tuesday, December 11, 2012   by: Kate AdamsIf you're stuck for the perfect Christmas gift and want to buy locally, look no further than the latest offerings from North Bay musicians Jonny Parolin and Holly Cunningham.

On December 13, The Raven & Republic plays host to an album release party for two new extended-play (EP) releases by local artists: Holly Cunningham's self-titled effort and Jonny Parolin's “Cabin Fever.” Both discs were engineered by Corbeil producer Ben Leggett, JUNO-nominated earlier this year for his work on folk singer's Craig Cardiff's 2012 release “Floods and Fires.”

The performers' material is bound to strike a chord with its eclectic offering. While Parolin's sound recalls the 60's and 70's vinyl hits of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin with its catchy hooks and warm harmonies, Cunningham's songs reach back to an earlier generation, marrying airy folk with tunes inspired by Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday.

Both releases are debut efforts built on the back of North Bay collaboration. In the case of Cunningham's disc, visual artist Jaymie Laythem was brought on board to create her unique, nuanced album artwork, while Parolin recorded his album with bandmates Chris Cucullo, Vince Aquilina and Andrew Sowka of NOMFA award-winning alt-folk trio Faraway Neighbours.

Cunningham and Parolin also make appearances on each other's releases, with Parolin filling in on keys for Cunningham's album while she lent backing vocals on Parolin's tune “New Obsession.”

Thursday's show kicks off at 9 pm. Cover is $5 and albums will be available for sale, two for $10 or $6 apiece.


Who: Jonny Parolin & Holly Cunningham

What: Double EP Release Show

Where: Raven & Republic

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012 – 9:00 pm

Cover: $5
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