Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Daniel Gillies Releases First Solo Album

Local musician and guitarist, Daniel Gillies, is set to release his first solo album self titled, Dan Gillies, October 19th. The album is as rich and diverse as Daniel’s musical talents featuring every­thing from Clas­sic Rock to Modal Jazz, Latin & Coun­try to Acoustic Fin­ger­style, a Jazz Chord Solo arrange­ment to a mod­ern hymn and finally an original Celtic Man­dolin piece. Daniel would like to invite all music fans to come and celebrate the release of his first solo compilation at the Fort McMurray Alliance Church, 101 Spruce Street, October 19th, at 7pm. Daniel will be playing songs from Dan Gillies with local talents Jay Chinn, Bill McCrone and Gord Ponak plus special guests.

Daniel holds a Diploma from Grant MacE­wan Uni­ver­sity in Music Per­for­mance, major­ing in Jazz and Con­tem­po­rary Music. He also holds a Music Diploma from Keyano Col­lege, major­ing in Clas­si­cal and Jazz Guitar. Over his career Daniel has par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of rock and country bands, jazz ensem­bles, and has col­lab­o­rated with a diverse number of musi­cians and artists across West­ern Canada. He has opened for music stars such as: The Trews, George Canyon, One More Girl, Bach­man & Turner and Dia­mond Rio. Daniel has per­formed through­out Alberta includ­ing the Win­spear Cen­tre in Edmon­ton but being a faithful husband and father of three he prefers staying at home to the open road. You may have heard Dan play at many local events includ­ing: the North­ern Clas­sic, Canada ROCKS, Arctic Win­ter Games (2004), Sum­mers End, Inter­PLAY, Win­ter­PLAY, A Taste of Fort McMur­ray, the Oil­sands Ban­quet, the Mac­Don­ald Island Art Gallery and the Keyano Gala. In the Fort McMur­ray cor­po­rate and social scene, Daniel preforms with local Jazz Quar­tet, A Touch of Class
As a Wor­ship Musi­cian, Daniel has dedicated his talents to the Fort McMurray, Alliance Church Music Min­istry. He has played for numer­ous churches across North­ern Alberta and is one of the gui­tarists fea­tured on the record Do Justly, a live wor­ship CD released in Fort McMur­ray.

Daniel is also a highly sought after music teacher at Keyano Col­lege Con­ser­va­tory where he has been instructing and inspiring students for the last five years. He is the co-directed of the gui­tar fran­chise Guitar Church in Fort McMur­ray and works with the organization creating affordable music workshops for children and youth across Canada and the United States.

Daniel Gillies solo album, Dan Gillies, can be purchased on iTunes and at Campbell’s Music starting October 19th. For more information or to hire Daniel for a special event please visit his website http://dangilliesmusic.com

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