Whether its through the buzzing of an Australian Aborigine didgeridoo or the distinct poly-rhythms of the aslatua (African shaker), Vancouver Island musician Shane Philip can take a listener around the world with just a few notes.
Named best live act at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, Philip is known worldwide for his dynamic didgeridoo-infused music and has been touring with his vast collection of instruments.
His rhythmic and intoxicating sounds are powerful enough to fill a room with dancing fans and soulful enough to quiet a packed house. Those songs have captured audiences for years in Canada, particularly along the West Coast, but for the past five years, he’s captured listeners around the globe.
A regular performer around these parts, Philip is about to return to the Okanagan and is playing at Lorenzo’s Café in Ashton Creek Thursday and also takes the Big Blue Stage at Gatzke’s Orchard in Oyama, on Labour Day Sept. 1.
“It’s always a treat to have Shane perform at the orchard,” said Alan Gatzke. “Last year was such a great vibe with Shane that we just had to bring him back this summer.”
Philip is a one-man force on stage. His feet wildly work his drum kit while he plays guitar, the aslatua, the djembe and, of course, his didgeridoos. His latest CD, Life Love Music is rich with vocals and features much more of that mesmerizing sound that Philip is so well known for.
Philip has had a busy spring-summer tour including dates in the Yukon, Juan de Fuca Festival (Port Angeles, WA), Starbelly Jam Music Festival, Unity Festival, Nelson Street Fest (Kootenays), Alpine Blosson Fest (Sun Peaks), 24 Hours of Adrenaline (Canmore), numerous kayak festivals in B.C. and Alberta, and a special benefit show in Canmore for Alberta flood victim relief.
Philip takes the stage at Lorenzo’s Thursday at 8 p.m. The café is located at 901 Mabel Lake Rd. east of Enderby, For details call: (250) 838-6700.
His performance at Gatzke Orchard starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 1. Tickets are $15 available at Gatzke Orchard, located on Highway 97 between Vernon and Winfield.
Visit www.gatzkeorchard.com for more information.