The Big Legrowlski, 812 Northwest Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
ABOUT DANIEL CHAMPAGNE One reviewer recently wrote Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical (themusic.com.au)
The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.
The next five years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco, Jake Shimabukuro, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee and Kaki King – all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two EPs, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player Pint of Mystery (2011), My Own Design (2009), Wide Eyed and Open (2010), and the Real Live offering in 2012. His latest full length release Fault Lines (2017) is available now and his new project, Satellite City EP (2018) is comprised of three singles, Satellite City, Indigo, and The Great Divide, all out now.
As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).
ABOUT YOSI - Yosi Mesbah fell in love with all kinds of music at an early age. She sang in choirs, and even played the Cello for a time. But it wasn't until her Parent's divorce moved her, her mother and siblings to Corvallis Oregon, that she finally found her voice as a singer songwriter and picked up her father's guitar to become who she is today. Since that time in 2001 she has been writing music and lyrics and performing her compositions in various public settings. She writes with a voice beyond her years that weaves deep color images and stories from her life and those around her together.
ABOUT AMBER RUSSELL - Portland Based Fingerstyle guitarist Amber Russell, has had a diverse platform of musical outlets during her almost 20 years of composing music. In her home town of Elkhart Indiana, she spent 3 years learning compositions on piano,at age 13 she picked up the guitar after regularly watching her older brother Joe play bass in his band for so many years. For the next 6 years she was an active Singer songwriter in her band Geronimo with percussionist Danielle Husky.David Guevara took over as Geronimo's percussionist in 2011. Performing and composing songs with her guitar, harmonica, and ukulele In the summer of 2012 she relocated to Los Angeles.Then she continued her journey as a singer songwriter with her band Seropolar, with her bandmate Steve Avila for the next 3 years. They practiced and performed in Marina Del Rey/ Venice Beach area regularly. Amber worked part time hosting an artist show case and open mic in Silverlake, during this time she found an interest in Fingerstyle guitar. Her solo acoustic music didn't take off until she relocated to Portland, Oregon. A city calm and collect, enough to find the appropriate audience for her unique and eclectic sound. She currently resides in Portland.