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Royal Wood inspired by diverse life events for new music

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Toronto multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Royal Wood is excited to make a long awaited return to Lethbridge, when he plays two shows at the Geomatic Attic with his band, May 22 and 23.Royal Wood returns to the Geomatic Attic this week. Photo submitted
“It’s been a while. So when we had a hole in the schedule, I knew where I wanted to play,” said Royal Wood, who is embarking on a touring in support of his new CD“ Ever After the Farewell.”

 Two monumental events inspired the music — the death of his father from Alzheimer‘s and meeting and marrying the love of his life.

“It really is a paradigm shift,” Royal Wood said, noting he wrote the CD  pretty much  on the spot in a London studio with producer Jamie Scott, who has worked with  Rag n’ Bone Man and Ed Sheeran.

“I never planned to do it this way. I’ve recorded CDs on my own and with my band, but I got hold of Jamie and he cleared his schedule and I cleared mine. I got up in the morning, and had the basics of a song done by noon and filled it it out by the end of the day. Then we did it again the next day,” he described, adding he played most of the instruments himself, except for the horns and string sections on the catchy new single “California Nights.”

“I played pretty much everything except that,” he said.

 With so much happening at once, there was no shortage of inspiration.

“I’ve spent most of the year all over the world working with other artists, so I had a lot of time to think of my dad and missing my wife. Some people have therapists and friends, I’ve alway had music. So I found the whole experience to be cathartic,” he said.
“It was good to get all of that out of me,” he continued.

He will be bringing his band mates Steve Zsirai, drummer Mark Mariash.

“ I’m just very grateful I get to play music. It’s very exciting
 Royal Wood and Fionn play two shows at the Geomatic Attic, May 22 and 23. The first show is sold out. There are still tickets left for the second for $42.50 advance $45 at door.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2018 20:13 )  
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