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David Myles and band deliver masterful performance at BAE

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David Myles and band deliver masterful performance at BAE (edge photo by Mike Dow)

BANGOR - The David Myles trio brought an enthusiastic audience to their feet several times during their premiere Bangor performance last Saturday evening in the ballroom at Bangor Arts Exchange.

Joining the Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter onstage were longtime bandmates Alan Jeffries on lead guitar and Kyle Cunjak on standup bass. The trio offered an astonishing musical master class encompassing multiple genres, including pop, folk, rockabilly, bluegrass, soul and doo-wop.

During the two-hour performance, Myles and his band delivered note-perfect versions of songs pulled from the artist’s vast catalog with a special emphasis on titles from his latest album “Real Love.”

The singer also found time to include a few of his favorite cover songs, including a spellbinding version of “Tracks of My Tears,” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me.”

After noting that several members of the audience made the trip from Quebec City and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Myles decided to give them a sneak preview of his 12th album, “Le grand depart,” due for release on September 14.

“It will be my first album in French,” Myles said of his new collection of songs. He explained to the crowd how the record came about and how pleased he was with the result. “It was a high-risk proposition that could have gone wrong but it didn’t,” Myles said, adding “I’m really proud of it.”

Between songs, Myles delivered personal and frequently hilarious stories touching on different areas of his life, including his upbringing in nearby Fredericton, NB, his current life in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife and two young daughters, and what it’s like to travel around North America, realizing his dream of performing his songs for a living.

“On our way to Bangor today, we pulled over and had lunch in Millinocket,” Myles told the crowd. “I once spent the night in my car in Millinocket after seeing a concert by Ween a long time ago. The next day, we climbed Mt. Katahdin and had an amazing experience in the area.”

After explaining how he was asked to write a theme song for the New Brunswick Tourism Council, Myles and his band performed “Don’t Drive Through,” a driving bluegrass song emphasizing reasons why tourists should stop to spend time in the province.

Myles also spoke of past trips to Bangor with his family, including a childhood story of getting lost in the Bangor Mall on a day when Stephen King happened to be present signing books.

Visibly pleased with the size of the audience at Saturday’s concert, Myles vowed to return to Bangor on future tours.

After the show, Myles met with fans and autographed CDs before the trio set out for their next series of concerts, including stops in Rumford, ME, Ridgefield, CT., the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Millpond Music Festival.

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