RANDOM PLAY IS BACK!
CBC Radio's ALAN NEAL is back with another night of music and mayhem, inspired by songs that pop up at random on his iPod.
And joining him on stage OCTOBER 13 at OTTAWA LITTLE THEATRE an awesome collection of songwriters and performers...
...in alphabetical order...
and a reunion of 1960's superstars THE CHILDREN (well, some of 'em.)
Those are just the ones we know about so far... or are ALLOWED to tell you about so far... If you've ever been at an Alan Neal event before, you know surprise guests have a tendency to pop up!
So what will they be doing?
Well, it's the latest edition of RANDOM PLAY
In what has become a Writersfest tradition, Alan Neal, host of ALL IN A DAY on CBC Radio One
, takes his i-pod, of over 16,000 songs of folk, pop, rap, jazz, rock, soul, showtunes and superhero children's stories...
And put it on "random".
He picked the first 10 songs that came up and made it his job to find out everything that he can about how those songs came to be... and analyze what messages are in the music.
He dives into archives, tracks down the original songwriters, and unveils the stories behind the songs that came to be. In the past Alan has assembled Craig Finn from The Holdsteady, Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, Jim Bryson, Measha Brueggergosman, Kellylee Evans, Souljazz Orchestra, Bonjay, Iskwe, Hilotrons and more take the challenge, performing their own songs as well as covers that no one had expected. And an Aquaman radio play.
It's an evening that's conversation mixed with storytelling, a blend of delving into the musical past with a cavalcade of musical talent from the present.
Tickets are being given away on ALL IN A DAY
(3-6 on CBC Radio One 91.5FM) next week.
But we suggest getting tickets NOW!
Tickets also available in person from both Compact Music locations.
Fanmail we've received about Alan's Random Play events:
"This is not typically my genre of literary interest - I was transformed...a truly memorable evening of entertainment and literary revelation."
"Tickets could have been $300 apiece - what an evening. I have watched musical theatre in London, Paris, New York, Stratford in England and other places and I have never seen anything like what you did last night. Truly amazing"
"It was intimate and casual and hilarious, and then, lulled into this sense of comfort by the intimacy and casualness and hilarity, you're hit by these stunning musical performances... Seriously, one of the best nights out I've had in a while."