February 18, 2024
$15 advance/$20 at the door
Pallmer is a chamber-pop duo project born from late night improv sessions during a particularly snowy winter in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Emily Kennedy (cello, vocals) and Mark Kleyn (viola) had performed in classical ensembles for several years before delving into their own writing. Their first show was a short, blush-filled set at a local cafe. Since then, the duo has performed at some of the province’s most acclaimed festivals and opened for renowned artists like Daniel Lanois. Pallmer’s most recent release, “Quiet Clapping” won Recording of the Year at the 2021 Prix MNB Awards. The collection of five songs was recorded in a large dance studio at the back of a church-converted-to-arts centre, taking advantage of its natural resonance, and embracing the occasional noises from old water heating. Pallmer released a limited edition, double-header vinyl run of “Quiet Clapping” & their 2019 release, “Grass Garden” on April 9th, 2022.
The band has taken a slow but steady approach to releasing music, and after two EPs and two years of writing, Pallmer returned to the studio to record their first LP “Swimming.” The duo worked with JUNO award-winning producer Joshua van Tassel, squirrelling away for five days at his secluded home studio to record the album. Their collaboration produced a tender collection of 9 songs that interweaves layers of strings, bass, synthesizers, and marimba-like percussion. In order to help realize the album’s breadth live, in early 2023 Pallmer invited longtime friend and sound artist Charles Harding to join the band on both synthesizer and percussion. Swimming was released January 12, 2024.
Geordie Gordon is a Toronto singer/songwriter and touring member of U.S. Girls and Islands. He started out as a teen in the early 2000s in the Barmitzvah Brothers, and also served as a sideman for Andy Shauf just prior to that songwriter’s 2016 breakthrough. His second solo album, Tambourine, is a folk-tinged personal narrative about teenage awakenings to the wisdom of elders, with a nod to the Hidden Cameras. It’s the album that will introduce the world to Geordie Gordon’s depth of talent as a singer, arranger, lyricist and melodicist.