Nelson-based singer to perform June 21

Selkirk College instructor releasing new CD

Melody Diachun performs at the Shambhala music hall in Nelson on June 21. Photo submitted

Award-winning Canadian vocalist-songwriter and Selkirk College music instructor Melody Diachun and her band are set to perform in Nelson at Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The show is the Kootenay leg of their Get Back to the Groove Tour 2018, which simultaneously marks both the release of a new recording and the launch of a new label.

The Get Back to the Groove EP showcases Melody as a soulful, sassy, and playful artist who is at home in the jazz world as well as in the blues and r&b sphere. The production reflects Melody’s love of funk and neo-soul while letting her warm, versatile, voice shine. Get Back to the Groove is Melody’s fourth album as leader, and third self-released recording produced by guitarist-bassist, cowriter, mixing engineer, and Melody’s husband, Doug Stephenson.

With the launch of the new label Third Beach Records–named after the Vancouver spot where the two were married–the couple celebrates two decades of writing, recording, and performing music together.

“We can’t wait to share this music with people for the first time,” says Diachun

Joining them at Shambhala Hall are Kootenay-based musicians Clinton Swanson on saxes and flute, Mark Spielman on electric bass, and Tony Ferraro on drums, and, Edmontonian Chris Andrew on piano and keys. The recording is augmented by long-time collaborator Chris Gestrin on Hammond B3, and by young singer Andrew Matthews on background vocals.

CDs available exclusively at live shows.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door and at Otter Books. The doors open at 7:00 pm and music starts at 7:30 pm.

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