Chris Velan On Mountain Stage

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Chris Velan's upcoming album, Solidago, will be released in February of 2009. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Montreal-based singer-songwriter Chris Velan played in various bands throughout his youth before forming a reggae group with his two brothers in 1998. In 2001, he decided to put music aside to instead begin practicing law, but just a year later he got back in touch with his musical muse when he agreed to accompany two friends to Africa to film a documentary.

The Refugee All-Stars became a highly acclaimed documentary film about a group of musicians who came together as refugeees in the Republic of Guinea. Velan produced the group's debut CD and still keeps in touch with those musicians today.

Now, with two solo CDs under his belt, Velan has honed his sound into a reggae influenced, socially conscious brand of folk music. He recently performed live on Mountain Stage in anticipation of his third solo recording, Solidago, and is heard here with just his voice, guitar and a trusty loop pedal. In his music, you'll hear layers of hummable tunes and head-bobbing beats that consistently build and release tension.



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