Singer-songwriter with up-tempo traditional roots rhythms and humorous insights.
On March 24, we welcome Justin Sawicki, a Thunder Bay native who now calls Hamilton his home.
Sawicki has been active in the Hamilton Music Scene since 2003. In that time he has shared the stage with such acts as Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Selina Martin, Tom Wilson, and Max Kerman (Arkells).
Nothing For No One, Sawicki’s first LP. was released with mixed reviews. The offering is described in EXCLAIM! as being a “rather interesting musical project with interesting jaunts into klezmer and maudlin sounds”. Others called it “eerily romantic and playful”. In 2012 the recording was nominated for IndependentAlbum of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards.
Justin Sawicki, the songwriter’s self-titled second album was released. The most recent effort is more honed and mature with a strong focus on traditional roots rhythms and arrangements. Described by Dusty Organ as being “rooted in storytelling and rustic Canadian musicianship, (the album) shifts from western-style blues riffs, to dense, foot-stomping folk melodies”.
While building a family and a life outside of music Sawicki has stayed sharp in recent years by composing several songs for CBC Kids Shows like The Napkin Man and playing Acoustic Canadian Folk Classics in local pubs in and around Hamilton. In late 2017 Sawicki started the writing process for a new project and the songs are set for release in late 2018.
More about Justin Sawicki can be found on his site.