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Shane Philip

Swelling in primordial pulses and wholloping whoops, the tacit tones of Shane Philip's didgeridoo hold the power to still listeners into silence or encourage audiences to rise up in a tribal swell of intoxicating spirit -- with sometimes but a heartbeat in between. Meanwhile his hands will be skillfully juggling between shaking up rhythms with his aslatua, driving the dancefloor with his djembe and sliding out grooves on his Weissenborn-style guitar while his foot taps in earthshaking electronic kicks wherever they might fit.

He is a one-man show weaving sounds that inspire audiences anywhere he goes.

From early childhood moments of drumming kitchen tables and car dashboards, to the January 2009 release of his latest album, "Live at Baker Studios" Shane's musical stylings have been self-taught and self-motivated every step of the way.

Borrowing from folk, reggae, blues and beyond, he blurs the boundaries of expectation and music into an altogether unique soundscape. "We are influenced by everything we listen to, see and do," Shane reminds. "So much of what shapes the music, vibe, content, and overall feeling of the songs is unconscious. I write music that results from everything that goes on in the life I live."

While Shane's current musical forays tend toward an organic dance sound, his first album was a folk-rock collaboration aimed at planting the seeds of Canadian history into the minds of youth. The project came about as part of Shane's past incarnation as a high school social studies teacher.

2005 saw the end of his teaching career, the release of "Om Cooking," and the beginning of Shane's life as a non-stop touring musician. Since then he's toured Canada extensively, often putting in triple overtime in the mountains and islands east of Calgary, including an epic five-night stint at Wild Bill's in Banff, Alberta.

In 2007, Shane released "Earthshake," a collection of songs he'd been working on for the past couple years, with production assistance from long-time collaborater, Corwin Fox.

2008 saw this collaboration expanded and revamped with the release of "In the Moment" While some of the songs are rhythmically focused (bursting with high energy and powerful dance rhythms), others drip with melodical honey and sunshine -- deeply moving songs that reflect on the environment, social justice and personal experience.

2009 brought Live at Baker Studios, showcasing the noted one-man band’s aptitude for performance in high-pressure situations. With numerous musical instruments at hands reach, including didgeridoo, drums, guitars and a Weissenborn, Philip’s exuberant excellence beats out even the most zealous of multi-taskers. A mythological deity in the eyes of single-instrument musicians, Philip keeps his cool and busts out Jack Johnson-ish riffs before building up to a climactic cacophony question period—where you are left scratching your head and wondering just who is playing all those instruments.

2011 brings Shane Philip's latest release Life.Love.Music. Once again, collaborating with Joby Baker, who not only produced the CD but also plays bass and drums on it. Life.Love.Music. continues where Live at Baker Studios left off. It's more polished as he took more time to record it (a whole eight days instead of two!).

Shane sends out much love and gratitude to everyone who has supported and inspired him along the way. Look for Shane in a city near you.

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