SOUTH RIVER – He’s back.
GET A RUSH.
Singer-songwriter Jacob Moon is set to perform his original music alongside a few covers, including songs by Canadian rockers Rush, during a performance in South River on Jan. 26.
“I’m doing a little tour of the Northern area,” said critically acclaimed Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Jacob Moon.
Moon played for a packed house at Michael’s on Main restaurant in Sundridge about two years ago and now he’s heading back to the area with a new repertoire – and some old favourites – on a mini tour that includes a stop at the Blues Babes Guest House in South River on Saturday, Jan. 26.
“I use a little bit of technology to do some live looping during the show, so that I can build layers of sound. It just gives a little more interest for the audience and gives the illusion of there being more than one person on stage,” he said. “It’s folk music, but it’s eclectic in its style.”
Moon said he is able to recreate the sound of a full band using only his guitar. Along with his own original music, Moon pays homage to his musical roots through covers of songs from musicians Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, and Canada’s own rock favourite Rush.
“It’s always nice for people to hear something they’ve heard before, but I give my own take on it,” explained Moon. “Someone like Geddy Lee (of Rush) has a particular kind of voice whereas mine is more lyrical.”
But Moon’s love for Rush isn’t unrequited.
After seeing Moon perform his version of their hit, Subdivisions, Rush asked Moon to repeat the performance during a gala held in celebration of the band’s induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in March of 2010.
A full-time musician, Moon works from a studio in his own backyard where he composes pieces that shed light on social unjust, spirituality, and of course, his own life and family, which includes his wife and two young sons.
“It’s great having a backyard studio because I can walk in my house at any time and see them,” he said. “People think the life of a musician would mean being less involved, but I see my family more than most people who work nine to five.”
Moon said his life holds the perfect balance of family time and intimate shows.
“I don’t have any ambitions of selling out stadiums,” he said. “My one goal really is to reach people and that’s difficult to do when the crowd is too big.”
Moon’s mini tour includes stops in Orillia and Huntsville, with each performance featuring a different guest opening the show.
“I have some opening acts, most of whom I’ve never met, but all bets are off. I mean, could end up collaborating with them by the end of the night,” he said with a laugh.
During the South River show his special guest is singer-songwriter David Laronde of Temagami.
The Blues Babes Guest House is located at 322 on Highway 124, beside the Shell Station. Showtime is 7 p.m. and admisssion includes light refreshments. Call 386-8489 to reserve your tickets in advance.