The thoughtful, talented and sharp-witted Royal Wood concluded his fall 2018 tour at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa’s Orleans neighbourhood on December 1.
On the road with the soulful Elise LeGrow, still on a high after the release of her debut album, Playing Chess.
Wood brought a playful nature to his show. Weaving songs from his latest full-length album, Ever After the Farewell, and his decades-long career, Wood left the audience both laughing and in wonder with stories of his childhood (including wonderful memory of his first kiss, and his experiences living in Ireland for a time).
One particularly touching story Wood shared the story of watching his father pass away from Alzheimer’s, and how the video for the single, “Photograph”, off of his fall EP, Love Will Linger, came about as
In addition, Wood also guided the Shenkman audience through the Beatles’ classic, “Yesterday”, unamplified with only a ukulele.
With the show lightly falling outside, there’s no doubt Royal Wood made the Saturday night crowd feel welcome, warm and thoroughlydelighted with the latest show to pass through Shenkman Arts Centre.
Royal Wood will continue touring in support of Ever After the Farewell in January with dates in Regina, Saskatoon and Calgary; as well as a week touring the Maritimes.
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.