Halifax, NS based artist, Guy Paul Thibault recently released his first solo CD in 17 years entitled, It’s About Time. We were happy to chat with this East Coast musician about that and much more in our newest segment of Five Questions With! Enjoy!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi, my name is Guy Paul Thibault, I’m a singer-songwriter/performer from Cole Harbour Nova Scotia. I have been playing music and performing my entire life, and currently perform all over mainland Nova Scotia 52 weeks of the year in various venues. I recently (June 1st/2017) released my first solo CD in 17 years, “It’s About Time”.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My musical style is a lot like my live shows. Although everything is primarily acoustic based, it spans the edges of folk, the borders of hard rock, and has some of the best elements of classic rock mixed in. Hopefully with catchy melodies that get stuck in your head. I really try to have something for everyone and so far the reviews have been positive on that point.
As far as writing, some songs are difficult and long laborious writing projects. Sometimes years or decades to get to the point I can live with it. Other just fall into my lap, almost pouring out too fast to remember. Most the songs on the new CD just poured out, and if I hadn’t recorded most first drafts with my phone they definitely would have been lost. “Here She Comes” was written almost verbatim the first time I kind of muddled through it.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
My live show literally changes every night. I pride myself on my adaptability, and that the show changes depending on the crowd in front of me. Some nights it’s a Maritime kitchen party, other nights an introspective quiet evening, and there are even nights where it’s very story and history based, where people learn amazing facts and stories behind very well known songs. There’s always lots of surprises in the material and the presentation.
One thing always stays the same, night after night, I always give 110% of myself to the people in front of me, and I laugh a lot. (Mostly at myself)
As for upcoming shows, I keep a very very busy schedule and updated listings can always be found on my website.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Wow. Like I said, my style is very wide ranging, but probably “If I Had”. There’s a lot of innocence in that song, and in those 3 simple things I wanted as a young man, and yet, all these years later still the 3 things that are most important to me.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I spend so much time checking out and enjoying other Haligonian/Nova Scotia artists that I feel guilty when I discover someone amazing from another province, and honestly have no idea what is going on internationally anymore. I literally always have a video, stream or CD of someone in Nova Scotia playing in the background, and I love it all. There is just so much amazing music pouring out of Nova Scotia.
But Ok, I’ll give you a few specifics. Brandon Davis and Jonathan Hines are two guys I’m always looking forward to watching new videos from. Then there’s Christine Campbell, Jason Price and TJ King, 3 amazing talents I’ve watched grow from the start to such great heights. And I literally have the new discs from Matt Mays, Alert the Medic and my buddy Jon Cyr all queued up for this afternoon.
So much great music, never enough time.