Cousin Harley promises fast-paced, exciting concert in Airdrie
Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 12:58 pm
Get ready for a great night of “hillbilly jazz” music when Cousin Harley comes to the Bert Church Live Theatre on April 11 as part of the 2014/15 concert season.
Cousin Harley has been a main fixture in lead singer Paul Pigat’s life, serving as his main project for more than 12 years. But it’s not the only genre of music he has played.
“I am of the belief you are what you eat, and I listen to a lot of different stuff,” said Pigat. “It’s an amalgamation of everything I’ve done up to this point in my life. I’ve played everything from classical music to yodel and hillbilly.”
Pigat added his band’s live shows have a different approach from the usual shows concertgoers may be used to. He said his shows are primarily improvised in an attempt to keep the concert fresh for himself, the band and attendees.
“I don’t like the (phrase) pure creation because I don’t think it’s possible,” said Pigat. “The combinations are different, it’s surprising to me and the audience.”
“There’s some Cousin Harley stuff that has to be arranged because they are quite complex, but other tunes I can change direction any time to stop the boredom - although there’s no boredom in music.”
Over the years, Pigat and Cousin Harley have had the chance to play with some talented performers including Neko Case of the New Pornographers, Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers and James Burton from Elvis Presley’s band.
“I think every time you trade a conversation with somebody, it somehow impacts you in a way,” said Pigat. “They inspire you to do something different.”
The evolution of Pigat’s style and music has gone through many changes over the years. When he first started out as a musician in Toronto, he played in metal bands before moving onto blues and country music.
When he moved away from Toronto in 1994 he found the swing sound, which led him to a jazz revival sound. All these styles of music have helped shape Pigat into the musician he is today.
“(My sound) amalgamated to what it is now,” said Pigat. “It’s hot-rod fast, technical and exciting.”
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Bert Church Live Theatre, online or over the phone at 1-888-655-9090. Limited