The quintessential listening room

What to expect from an upcoming concert at Hamilton & Sons?
“Well, quite frankly, stories and dynamics and comedy, but all sort of wrapped up in a pretty riveting musical delivery,” said Jaxon Haldane, one half of the musical duo— Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane— playing Jan. 7 at Hamilton & Sons Guitars Works.

Haldane, based in Winnipeg, has been a staple of the city’s vibrant music scene for decades. Haldane’s musical partnership with Whitehorse-based musician Gordie Tentrees has been ongoing for the last five years, and has taken them to more than 11 countries around the world, performing together in over 800 concerts. Their music has been described as a cross between “Canadiana,” contemporary folk and roots. The duo will spend six days in studio before performing at Hamilton & Sons in the new year, so Tentrees said the audience can expect to hear a lot of new material.

“The songs and ideas [at the show] will be born in the week leading up to the event, where things that will have evolved in the studio will be presented for the first time onstage,” said Haldane. “It will be a cross between our conventional show that we have performed everywhere for five years, and these new songs and ideas.”

“The last time we played in the Yukon was about two years ago, at the Atlin Music Festival, so, for me, this is really exciting,” said Tentrees. “It is what we do outside of the Yukon a lot and all over the world, but we do not do it enough at home, so it is kind of special.”

Thought it’s also kind of special to see two guys playing 10 instruments, especially in a venue like Hamilton & Sons. Tentrees called it the “quintessential listening room.” The music, he said, is right up in your face. When you walk in the venue you cannot get out until the concert is over.

“I love the intimacy of small shows for a particular magic that can’t be achieved with larger audiences,” said Haldane.

Haldane will perform a 30-minute solo performance to start off the show. He will be joined by Tentrees after an intermission.

Hamilton & Sons Guitar Works, located at 3165 3rd Avenue, has a capacity of 65. Currently, advanced tickets are available on Eventbrite. Otherwise, you take your chances at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

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