Joel Plaskett breaking new ground
Make no mistake, Joel Plaskett is a rocker at heart.
But from his early days with seminal alt-rockers Thrush Hermit, to his current incarnation of the Emergency — with a few folkie forays in between — the Nova Scotia indie darling has always been looking to break new ground.
And so he brings his latest, and most daring adventure to the hallowed halls of the NAC, where he’ll be trading in his jeans and plaid shirt for something a little more formal, with the famed NAC Orchestra providing the symphonic backdrop to his tunes.
It’s not completely foreign territory to Plaskett, who performed several concerts in a successful Pops series hosted by Symphony Nova Scotia back in 2006, with a reprise last fall.
“But I’ve never done anything with an orchestra outside of Nova Scotia, so it’s definitely a thrill to be bringing it to Ottawa,” said Plaskett from his Scotland Yard studio.
“I’m excited about it. I did a version of the show in September with the Nova Scotia Symphony, so some of the charts are the same (as the Symphony Nova Scotia show), and the conductor, Martin MacDonald is the same.
“I find the shows pretty nerve-wracking, to be honest, because you really have to stay on script. I don’t read music — I mean, I know my own tunes — but normally I would perform the songs either solo or with a band where you can play loose, you can take your time with things, where with an orchestra, you have to be disciplined.
“And there’s not a lot of rehearsal, because there’s so many people involved and you’re just doing it for one night. But it’s so thrilling when it’s actually happening. It’s such a different experience, and when you get to the point where you can just relax, it’s pretty fun as a singer just to have all that sound behind you.”
Joel Plaskett w/ the NAC Orchestra
With guests Mo Kenney, Erin Costelo, Bill Plaskett
NAC Southam Hall
Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m.