Lee Harvey Osmond

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Supercrawl Presents Lee Harvey Osmond with guest Evangeline Gentle

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"Over the course of discovering my true identity, the intention of my writing, my music and my art is to reduce the gap between my indigenous culture and colonialists to make a more patient, loving community.” – Tom Wilson aka LeE HARVeY OsMOND

When Tom Wilson created the moniker Lee Harvey Osmond, he wasn’t entirely certain if this was a new stage name or merely a provocative handle for the musician/artist collective assembled by producer Michael Timmins to record a collection of Tom Wilson songs that would become A Quiet Evil. This was the first of four albums bearing the featured artist Lee Harvey Osmond. “The Folk Sinner” was next, followed by thebreak through “Beautiful Scars”. It was during this time between releasing “Beautiful Scars” and recording “Kings and Kings” with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings that Wilson went public with his recent discovery. He was not exactly the person he thought he was. A couple of decades have passed since Wilson’s major label foray as the leader of his rock band Junkhouse. There were follow-up solo releases, “Tom Wilson’s Planet Love” (Columbia)and “Dog Years” (True North). Both of these albums featured songs that were clearly an extension or evolution of the sound that Junkhouse had established over three albums withColumbia Records. Although, his collaborations with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings were thriving, Wilson was wandering in the musical wilderness searching for his own distinct vision for his solo career. It was through his connection with the kindred creative spirit of producer and Cowboy Junkies founder Michael Timmins that the sound, the voice and the alter-persona Lee Harvey Osmond came to life. Wilson reasoned that many Tom Wilsons were making records BUT there could only be one Lee Harvey Osmond. The name evoked early memories for Wilson, growing up in Hamilton, Ontario in the1960s.In mid-life, in his 50s, Wilson learned that the parents who raised him were not his birth parents; that, in fact, he was adopted and that his biological mother and father wereMohawk from the Kahnawake reserve, just outside ofMontreal. Grappling with this newfound sense of himself plunged Wilson into a quest for his heritage and his truth, and led to the writing of his bestselling autobiography, Beautiful Scars (Doubleday Canada). The book is a colourful and truthful tale of this quest, and his life’s tribulations and successes along the path.“It is a story of finding your way home,” he says. “It’s a story of adoption, of growing up thinking you’re a big, sweaty, Irish guy, and finding out at the age of 53 that you’re a Mohawk.”He is still driven to ask questions, to seek meaning from the elusive mysteries hidden beneath the surface of everyday existence, to come to terms with his history, his identity; to aspire to higher truths and to understand his place in the world. “If I have 20 more years on this planet, I hope to keep becoming a Mohawk, because I can’t become a Mohawk the way my brothers and sisters and ancestors did.” On this fourth Lee Harvey Osmond album, Mohawk, under the steady hand of Producer Michael Timmins, the musician collective revives the origins of Acid Folk with appearances from old friends Ray Farrugia (percussion), Aaron Goldstein(steel guitar), Jesse O'Brien (keyboards) and introduces Anna Reddick (bass). The expanded use of Darcy Hepner’s brass and baritone sax and brilliant harmonica flashes from blues veteran Paul Reddick and Wilson’s son Thompson sound as guideposts behind the moody grooves of Wilson’s literary recital. Suzanna Ungerleider (Oh Susanna) provides the perfect backing vocal ingredient for Wilson’s baritone. Wilson’s life has been an ongoing quest so it is perhaps inevitable that after decades immersed in poetry, literature and music he would turn attention to visual art, a language that transcends the verbal and the written. The packaging and visual elements of “Mohawk” incorporate Tom Wilson creations. In particular a painting of the same name from his collection Beautiful Scars: Mohawk Warriors, Hunter and Chiefs“My music and my art is a continuation of my long way home,”Wilson says. “It is my way of showing honour and respect to a culture that I’m just shaking hands with.”The discovery of his true heritage and the culture that it carries now informs all of his art.“My truth was hidden from me – I was born a Mohawk baby, and finally I’m becoming a Mohawk man.”

Rich, sweet, and lush with vibrato. These are only a few of the unmistakable qualities that constitute Evangeline Gentle’s fervent timbre. Make no mistake, however: they are more than an accomplished voice. Born on the Northeast coast of Scotland, Evangeline's songwriting possesses authenticity and depth as rare and unique as their own journey. Queer, and passionate about social justice, Evangeline believes in the good-naturedness of people and our capabilities of growing together. The title track of Gentle’s You and I single, out now on Sonic Unyon, is the a cappella opening song of their live show. Its message seeks to unite audiences with a sense of ‘sameness’. The single’s flip, “Black is the Colour”, is a traditional Scottish folk song that the artist first heard as a child growing up on the North East Coast of Scotland. Just as “You and I” serves as an introduction to Evangeline’s live show, the single served as an introduction to the artist in advance of the international release of their full-length album, which arrived August 21, 2020 on Sonic Unyon Records. At only 23 years of age, Evangeline’s accolades are already accumulating at an impressive rate. Touted by CBC Music as one of “Seven exciting Canadian artists who broke out in 2019” , Awarded Emerging Artist at the 2015 Peterborough Folk Fest, and Best Female Vocalist of the year at the 2015 Wire Awards, they have shared stages with artists such as Basia Bulat, Craig Cardiff, Matt Andersen, Terra Lightfoot, and Sam Weber.

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