David Sinclair & Keith Bennett
Expect to hear, see and feel music deeply when David Sinclair and Keith Bennett perform together. Their impressive musicianship and quirky, humorous and unpredictable musical buffet is always a memorable experience.
David Sinclair is truly a humble master of acoustic guitar and commands it like few others. Sinclair plays with the grace, dexterity and wisdom of someone who has dedicated his life to being the best guitarist he can be. You will hear a lifetime of dedication in every phrase of his playing, whether he is fluidly picking energetic patterns, simultaneously playing percussion and an intricate melody, or bringing you to tears with a tender ballad.
Keith Bennett’s expressive and nuanced playing redefines harmonica for every listener. The chromatic harmonica is one of the most difficult reed instruments to improvise on. With each hole containing four different reeds (notes), it’s mind-blowing to watch Bennett extract fast, complex phrasing from the instrument (which he plays upside down).
Also a multi-tasker, Bennett simultaneously “doubles” an improvisation section on guitar and harmonica.
In addition to their instrumental mastery, both musicians sing beautifully, including vocal harmonies a la Everly Brothers.
Sinclair’s and Bennett’s arrangements can only be defined as eccentric. Their originals include “Celtic-inspired surf music” and “an illuminated stickman doing Tai Chi in the dark on a floating dock”. Innovative arrangements of standard tunes (“what if U2 was Hungarian?”) help complete a repertoire that spans big band jazz, classical, blues, roots and much more. The duo continues to shake up its set list, and there isn’t a genre of music they won’t tackle.
Inherently modest, gentle-spirited individuals, Sinclair and Bennett bring authentic exuberance to their music, playing straight from their souls. Listeners can’t help but be emotionally drawn in.
When not performing as a duo, Sinclair and Bennett both have busy musical careers. Sinclair shared the stage for many years with k.d. lang and Sarah McLachlan, has recorded with Michael Buble among many others, has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, the Grammy Awards and the Juno Awards. Bennett has played with Rodger Hodgson of Supertramp, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, at Vancouver Canucks games for a decade and was North America’s top medalist at the 2013 Hohner World Harmonica Championships.