Folk Rock comes to Cen­ten­nial

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sherbrooke

“I don’t think I re­alised the ra­dio had more than one sta­tion til I was 11 or 12,” Ba­sia Bu­lat says. At the fam­ily home in Toronto, the dial was al­ways fixed to the lo­cal oldies sta­tion: Mo­town, Stax, The Bea­tles, Beach Boys and Sam Cooke. While her mother hunted for some­one to do the dishes, Ba­sia and her younger brother Bobby would hide with a ra­dio or tape player, hap­pily rat­tled by all that song.

Since the age of three, Ba­sia has been sit­ting on pi­ano stools and try­ing to ham­mer things out. It started with her pi­ano-teacher mum, but along the way Ba­sia’s picked up gui­tar, au­to­harp, banjo, ukelele, sax and flute. In high­school her in­stru­ment was the up­right bass a lone girl among “eight-foot-tall guys, goof­ing off with the tubas”. There’s a sense of play that still suf­fuses her mu­sic, jostling un­der the songs of re­gret and love, want and joy. When her brother be­gan in his teens to play drums with punk bands, Ba­sia would be there with her de­mer­ara voice, join­ing hap­pily in the jam. When she left for uni­ver­sity in London, On­tario, mu­si­cians be­gan to drop by her down­town apart­ment. Many nights were spent with these clas­si­cally-trained friends, laugh­ing and sing­ing, and to­gether they made a glad, bright noise.

photo Bobby Bu­lat

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