Veteran children’s performer and former folkie Rick Scott has released an ambitious four-CD project featuring dialogue

Veteran folkie, children’s performer releases folk tale opus

The Great Gazzoon is the epic tale of how one boy’s love of music overcomes his fear and transforms his community

On Saturday, Oct 13 at 2 p.m., award-winning family entertainer Rick Scott will give a musical reading at the Campbell River Library, to celebrate the release of his new 4-CD musical audio novel The Great Gazzoon – A Tall Tale with Tunes & Turbulence.

This is a folk tale told by a veteran folkie: for over 35 years Rick has performed in nine countries and released 18 recordings including seven award-winning children’s CDs.

The Great Gazzoon is the epic tale of how one boy’s love of music overcomes his fear and transforms his community.

Over four hours and 60 chapters, through narration, dialogue, poetry and music, Scott and 25 actors, singers and musicians embrace themes of literacy, friendship, discovering creative process, overcoming fear and trusting what you love. CD four, Gazzoon Tunes, contains full and embellished versions of songs from the story, and is also available as a stand-alone CD.  The CDs will be available at the library program, Coho Books and from  www.gazzoon.com.

Like his ancestors before him, Gazoon Wazoo is supposed to be practicing to walk the wire between the towering peaks of Mount Lanadoon.  Instead he’s been playing music and making up songs with a poetry-writing Princess, two thieving friends and his special ekko. Can one boy’s love of music outsmart the angry Winds, defeat wily Lord Grot and bring balance and safety to the Kingdom?

Scott was inspired to write Gazzoon after facing his fear learning to walk tightrope to play the title role in the musical Barnum. He scored the story with folk melodies performed on all manner of dulcimers: strummed, plucked, bowed, E-Bowed, hammered and slide, accompanied by violin, cello, guitar, bass, hang, didgeridoo, percussion, kora, tama, kalimba, shakuhachi, thunder drum, horns, dishwasher and human beat box.

Valley Hennell re-wrote and adapted the story for sound recording and produced it as audio cinema with a cast including actor/singers Joelle Rabu, Saffron Henderson and Andrea L’Heureux and musicians, including Doug Edwards, David Essig, Kinobe Herbert, Trish Clair and Kyle Shepard.

Scottk and Hennell’s seven previous children’s CDs have been honored with three Juno nominations and Parents’ Choice, NAPPA Gold, iParenting Media & Canadian Folk Music Awards.

This free performance at the Campbell River Library will be approximately one hour long, and is most suitable for children aged eight and older.  The Campbell River Library is located at 1240 Shoppers Row.