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Rave reviews for upcoming Africville Stories

by on November 2, 2011

The Fredericton Playhouse is pleased to announce that phenomenally gifted singer/actress Jackie Richardson will be joining the Joe Sealy Quartet, along with special guest artist Paul Novotny, for Africville Stories (formerly entitled Joe Sealy’s Africville) on November 3 at 7:30pm. In this rare and special performance, Sealy will unveil an exciting new version of his celebrated Juno Award-winning Africville Suite, which will feature new songs and stories about the legendary Afro-Canadian community.

A dazzling performer, Richardson will punctuate the evening with her powerful and supple voice, and her warm and vibrant stage presence. Fredericton audiences will remember her from past performances at The Fredericton Playhouse and with the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Richardson’s music is an experience of soul – a profoundly personal synthesis of the remarkable gospel, blues, and jazz women she has embodied on stage and screen. Couple this with the vivid tapestry of Sealy’s newly re-imagined works, and the deep bass lines and strong rhythms of bassist Paul Novotny, and you’ve got a memorable experience in the making.

Rave reviews have already been pouring in after the launch concert of Africville Stories last week in Kitchener, Ontario. Robert Reid of The Record describes the “special treat” that was Jackie Richardson as narrator and vocalist, stating “Simply said, Richardson is one of this country’s musical treasures — a Canadian Ella Fitzgerald, if you will.”

“Both as a narrator and a vocalist, Richardson gives you goosebumps with a voice that rumbles at the bottom of the barrel one minute and then takes flight and soars the next.” Sealy is also praised by Reid as having “had the enthusiastic and appreciative crowd hanging on every note of music and narrative nuance.”

Don’t miss what The Record described as “a landscape sound painting — a blend of historical snapshot, anecdote (with such figures as Joe Lewis and Duke Ellington making cameos) and dramatic vignette.”

Patrons are also invited to join Joe Sealy and Jackie Richardson after the show on November 3 for the next installment of our In Conversation Series post-show talks at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.  Hosted by Russ Hunt – a professor in the Department of English at St. Thomas University – this forum gives fans the opportunity to talk with Sealy and Richardson about their work, inspiration, and accolades. Tickets for the post-show talk, available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office in limited number, are complimentary and include a free glass of wine.

Tickets for Africville Stories are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at


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