On August 31 local musician, Jude Davison, said goodbye to Nelson as he and his wife headed off for adventures and musical opportunities in Europe.
Jude and Claire will be setting up home on the Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England and home to the famous Isle of Wight Music Festival.
Some of you may know Davison from his recent shows with his 10-piece band at the Capitol Theatre playing songs from his award-winning albums Circo de Teatro and Outskirts of Eden. Or you may have caught him singing solo at Max and Irma’s Restaurant, either way, Davison has been a constant musical presence in Nelson performing, writing, and recording in the Kootenays for the past 16 years.
This move is an opportunity for Davison to build upon his recently inked distribution deal with Proper Records that will see his latest album marketed and sold throughout the UK and Europe.
“I’ve been getting lots of airplay and great reviews all throughout Europe on my last two albums so this seems like the perfect time to move there so I can more easily tour and promote myself” says Davison.
“Where we will be living has direct access to many destinations in Europe and England and is only 70 minutes from London, so I’m very excited about expanding my musical horizons”.
Davison recently won two awards at the Interior BC Music Awards ceremony held in Kelowna in April for Concept Album of the Year for Circo de Teatro, and Best CD Artwork and Graphics Outskirts of Eden.
“It was great to get some recognition for those albums, I really feel like I’m leaving Canada at the top of my game” says Davison.
“I’m sure I’ll be able to get some interesting things happening with my music in the UK but at the very least Claire and I are looking forward to the adventure of exploring Europe and immersing ourselves in different cultures and seeing all the historical sites”.
While not regretful about leaving Nelson Davison say it’s the people he will miss the most.
“We’ve had a wonderful time raising our kids in this gem of a place, it’s so beautiful here, but I think most of all I’m going to miss all the great people we’ve come to know over the years.”