London, UK based songwriter Roxanne de Bastion stops in Fredericton and Saint John this week as part of a quick jaunt through Canada and the U.S.
Born in Berlin, Bastion started performing and writing music at the age of 15 and relocated to London a few years later to pursue a career in music. In that short time, she has earned praise from several notable music personalities including BBC 6’s Tom Whalley who said Bastion has, “One of the most perfect voices I’ve ever heard”.
Bastion has shared the stage with Martha Wainwright, Ricky Ross and Thea Gilmore. Since releasing her debut The Real Thing in 2013 and her follow-up EP Seeing You in 2014, has continued to gain momentum on the UK folk scene.
Roxanne’s second studio album, Heirlooms & Hearsay, comes out on May 5th on Nomad Songs. The main inspiration behind the forthcoming album is Roxanne’s grandfather, a pianist from Hungary and survivor of the Second World War, whose story is as incredulous as many who suffered (and suffer) a similar fate. Roxanne draws parallels between then and now, exploring how trauma gets passed on through generations and points a finger at society’s short-term memory.