Juno nominated Canadian folk singer/songwriter Craig Cardiff will be in concert Friday evening at the Limelight Theatre on Oliver Street.
Cardiff will be performing with special guest and local songwriter Oren Barter.
Armed with sardonic sincerity and polished awkwardness, Cardiff’s performances are described as a mix of story and song.
Cardiff’s 2012 album Floods and Fires received a Juno Award nomination for Roots and Traditional Album Of The Year: Solo (2012)
Cardiff has released 11 albums in 10 years.
Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Cardiff’s voice has been described as ‘warm, scratched, sad and sleepy’ and his songs as landscapes that expose the human condition, putting magnifying glasses to the clumsier and less proud moments, according to one biography.
Cardiff is also known for his innovative recording methods including digital vocal and guitar loops and alternate distribution methods.
His 2008 release Mistletoe was recorded using the iPod/iPad application Octopod.
His 2007 CD Goodnight (Go Home) included another CD with sample tracks to give to a friend so as to spread the music.
In October 2010, Cardiff released the EP Songs for Lucy as a free download on his website, www.craigcardiff.com.
His discography studio albums include Floods and Fires – 2011; Mothers and Daughters – 2010; Mistletoe – 2009; Goodnight (Go Home) – 2007; Auberge Blacksheep – 2006; Soda – 2003; Happy – 2001; Live From the BBC – 2000
Cardiff was born to a musically talented family, including two sisters who sometimes accompany him on his recorded albums. Cardiff is also a pioneer in alternate venue touring, often appearing in churches, basements, festivals, kitchens and even the street.
“I think that the best shows are the ones where the lights are low, the music weaves in and out and the people forget where the audience begins and the performer ends,” Cardiff says.
The concert at the Limelight Friday, Nov. 9 starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available at About Face Photography and Margetts Meats or at craigcardiff.com.
For more on the singer go to www.craigcardiff.com.