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Proud finalist of the 2015 songwriting competition of the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Born and raised in the declining Soviet Union, educated and politically nourished in the European Union, Goemon soon had his lifetime fill in Union experience. In his consequential quest for everlasting loneliness he took on a Japanese pseudonym and grew himself an outrageous and outright obsolete Irish mustache.
"[...] the voice of an angel, a German angel." Brendon Aberdeen, musician.

Equipped with the most distracting voice since Jericho, the twelve strings of salvation and a deep love for music and life itself, Goemon set sail to conquer Canada, and become the first Reichskanzler of Newfoundland. Alas, due to momentary academic distractions he is now stuck in Calgary, where he sings for justice, cookies and that warm inner feeling that only a genuine Guinness can overcome. He soon started to gather an array of musical instruments, and, so time allows, even plays them. But no matter how many instruments end up stuck in Goemon's basement, his most powerful argument will always remain his voice. So say his sleepless house mates, and they ought to know ...
"Unique and quite wonderful." - Theo Nelson, radio host at CJSW

Influences: His musical baseline is Celtic (Irish Traditionals were his first love), but Goemon creates an elegant mixture of experimental storytelling, upbeat heartbreakers, and traditional Folk music. Among his greatest influences he names Dave Carter, Annabelle Chvostek, Kate Rusby, David Francey, Stan Rogers, and Amy Thiessen, with a side of The High Kings, and Great Big Sea, and a pinch of Jack Johnson and Richard Thompson.
"When it comes to melancholic compositions there are many artists who hit rock-bottom with their songs. Goemon somehow discovered a trap-door, to drive it even deeper." Jonathan Fergusson, musician.

Style: Folk, Rock, Poetry; from the ballad of life's true tragedy to the jolly jingle of a festive summer night - Goemon throws it all into the beasty blender and sings his heart out until the world accepts the eternal truth: joy is in the moment. His guitar play smells like chamomile tea, his voice tastes like honey, and even though he drops the odd beat or two, he makes you want to hold on to that sound, because Goemon's vocal magic transforms even your most depressing experience into a multicoloured autumn breeze.
"Like a modern-day troubadour." Hello Moth, musician.

His mountain friends describe him as an East Coast Folky, for East Coasters he sounds more Irish/English. The true Celts realize that the real answer lies nowhere in between; that the magic in Goemon's voice is merely a reflection of the multitude of cultural influences that have surrounded Northern music ever since the first Celtic guitar took its strum.
"[...] a progressive folksy tune, with a jazzy inspiration; and that accent plays right into it." Martin Aak, grass-roots engineer.

Album: Way to Go

Album: Way to Go

Album: Way to Go

Album: Way to Go

Album: Way to Go

 

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