(HALIFAX - May 17, 2018) Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, Canada’s premier House Concert Series, is pleased to present noted Montreal guitarist/singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué this May and June 2018. As part of Home Routes 11th Annual Concert Season, Doo-Kingué will be performing Acoustic Jazz, Blues, and folk-rock throughout Alberta, with one stop in BC.
An exceptional stage presence, Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer.
Cécile Doo-Kingué is quickly earning a stellar reputation and a place alongside Canada’s current roster of great guitarists. Powerful and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué’s guitar prowess, lyrics, and sound make for enthralling and intimate communion.
Cécile Doo-Kingué Tour:
May 21 Concert St Paul, AB
May 22 Concert Bonnyville AB
May 23 Concert Camrose AB
May 24 Concert Airdrie AB
May 25 Concert Bentley AB
May 26 Concert Didsbury AB
May 27 Concert Medicine Hat AB
May 28 Concert Lethbridge AB
May 30 Concert Lethbridge AB
May 31 Concert Windsor Heritage Drop-In Centre, Lundbeck AB
June 4 Concert Hinton AB
June 5 Concert Wembley AB
June 6 Concert @ Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre, Dawson Creek BC
June 7 Concert St-Isidore AB
June 8 Concert - Fahler AB
June 10 Concert @ Beatty Heritage House St, Rimbey AB
June 13 Concert Fort McMurray AB
About Cécile Doo-Kingué
She plays a mean blues guitar, a humbly strong artist with a penchant for doing justice - Matt Henson, Broadway World
Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, James Blood Ulmer, Bernard Purdie, Jim Byrnes, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, John Prine, Eric Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango. In 2008, Cecile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin’ Mondays, a night promoting women singer-songwriters.
June 2010, Cecile released her debut solo album, Freedom Calling, to critical acclaim. In 2011, CBC commissioned Doo-Kingué to write “Home,” a song about immigration. Her album, Gris, released in 2012, also praised by press and music lovers alike, earned Cécile the 2013 Fondation SPACQ Edith Butler Award for Excellence in Francophone Songwriting. Doo-Kingué toured both albums extensively across Canada and Europe, firing up clubs, listening rooms and festivals alike with her face-melting playing, rich vocals, and sharp and genuine banter with her audience.
In February 2015, Doo-Kingué released her third solo album, Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues, the first chapter of a trilogy exploring blues, roots and life in their myriad of aspects (Monologues solo acoustic, Dialogues full band, Communion live), showcasing Doo-Kingué’s songwriting in its rawest form. The album earned her accolades for her exceptional guitar playing, soulful vocals, and powerful songwriting.
January 2016, Doo-Kingué released the second chapter of her trilogy exploring blues, roots, and life in their myriad of aspects. Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues features her strength and versatility as an all-around guitarist and musician, from blues to jazz to folk to soul to rock n’ roll. Fiery licks and seamless melody compliment her deep, laid-back voice throughout the album, leaving no doubt as to the guitarist’s oneness with the instrument, nor the unity of her sound. Surrounded by a stellar cast of Montreal’s finest musicians, Doo-Kingué presents an eclectic collection of contemporary blues adding to the social commentary of Anybody Listening Part 1: Monologues, and celebrating life and music with fellow artists she is a fan of, in spaces that exude positive energy. The first two chapters of the trilogy have generated international critical acclaim from blues and roots media including Living Blues and Blues Matters magazines, earned Cécile five Maple Blues Awards nominations, as well as several engagements in international roots festivals, and over 200 tour dates across Canada.
About Home Routes/chemin Chez Nous:
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous was incorporated as a not-for-profit arts organization in February of 2007 to create new performance opportunities for French and English speaking musicians and audiences in rural, remote and urban, communities across Canada, hosted by volunteers in their homes and other community venues. Follow Home Routes on twitter @homeroutes or “like” on facebook.
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