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Event Archive - "One of the most amazing guitarists you will ever hear": Don Ross , Brooke Miller

Fri. November 28th 2008 Hermann's Jazz Club (All Ages)
8pm - 10pm doors at 6:30pm
$25.00 Advance / $28 Door
Don Ross & Brooke Miller
Friday, November 28, 2008
Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View St., Victoria
Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 8pm
Tickets: $25.00 Advance / $28 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place 770 Yates St., McPherson Box Office 386-6121 and online at

Don Ross's website:
Brooke Miller's website:

A true innovator of guitar composition and technique, Don Ross has emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world. In September 1996, he managed to do what no other player has done: win the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship for the second time (he first won in 1988). The competition, held yearly in Winfield, Kansas, judges not just technique, but emotion and intensity - hallmarks of Don's style.

The son of a Scottish immigrant father and a Mi'kmaq aboriginal mother, Don was born in Montreal in 1960. A member of a highly musical family, Don first started experimenting with the solo possibilities of the acoustic guitar at the age of eight. By age ten he was playing in alternate tunings and exploring "fingerstyle" technique. The result of this exploration is an unclassifiable musical style that borrows from jazz, folk, rock and classical music.

Don has recently signed a new recording deal with new US-based independent label Candyrat Records. His first disc for the label, "Music for Vacuuming", is - with the exception of one track - a completely solo affair. The acoustic rocker "How to Eat an Avalanche," the Brazilian-influenced "Never Got to Pernambuco," and an old favorite from his guitar lessons, "Fleetstep Choreography," are all presented as unaccompanied guitar pieces. On other tracks, Don plays drums, percussion, slide dobro guitar, piano, and electric bass. The album also features a beautiful collaboration with Hamburg-based musician Silas Olischlaeger ("Dracula II Mikrokosmos").

Don's most recent release, "Live in Your Head," is a collection of live recordings spanning 2001-2006. Each performance is rendered in Don's slightly dangerous live style where almost anything can happen...and often does. Listeners, whether longtime fans or curious first-timers, will be treated to the electric immediacy for which Don Ross gigs are known.

Don continues to do extensive touring in Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia's Pacific Rim. When he's not on the road, he lives a quiet life with his family in a small village in southern Ontario, Canada.


In 2003, Brooke Miller left Prince Edward Island for Halifax, to continue developing her career and gain attention for her first CD, "Lending an Hourglass."

- Learning guitar in her early teens, Brooke Miller first started performing in a punk group, eventually developing a taste for writing material in some of the more 'acoustic' genres in her late teens and early twenties.

Brooke Miller has honed her craft. The PEI based singer/songwriter reminds me of some of the very best of her ilk, variously channeling Bruce Cockburn, Oh Susannah, etc...her ear for melody, thought provoking lyrics and guitar work belie her years...I'm sure she will join the ranks of some of Canada's best singer-songwriters.
- Penguin Eggs Magazine

On the strength of her debut album, LENDING AN HOURGLASS, Brooke Miller is one Atlantic Canadian artist to watch for ..... One of the best recordings to come out of 2003.
- Glenn Meisner, Atlantic Airwaves, CBC Radio One

It is a safe bet we will be hearing a hell of a lot more of her in the coming months and get in on a good thing.
- Halifax Herald

Brooke Miller deserves favourable comparisions to Joni Mitchell.
- Dave Christian, Shoreline Festival Founder/Producer


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Don Ross

Don Ross began playing guitar virtually by accident. There was always a lot of music around the house. Don’s dad is an operatically-trained singer. So, the Ross kids heard plenty of voice exercises around their Montreal home as well as classical music on the record player growing up (not to mention the occasional blast of the bagpipes when Don... more info
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