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May 3, 2011

Royal Wood’s romance

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 2:27 pm

Ontario singer-songwriter brings his musical matrimony to New Brunswick. By Kyle Mullin for New Brunswick’s Telegraph Journal, Saturday April 23 2011

Royal Wood doesn’t sing to his audiences -he serenades them.

“It’s kind of like having a new relationship night after night,” he says, adding that the thrill of such wooing is rarely as romantic as it sounds.

“The only person I can depend on is myself in a show, because I don’t know where the audience will be when I get in front of them.”

His stabs at becoming an onstage Casanova for any music lover in earshot stopped short at the Cameron House in Toronto, where he committed himself to a year-long residency in 2006 and performed in front of the same mic Monday night after Monday night. His familiarity with those four walls and the patrons inside them became as intimate as the ballads he sang.

“That’s where I learned how not to take offence if someone is talking (while I’m playing)… and how to get a room engaged,” he says. “It’s where I learned how to bring the stage volume down to force people to listen, how to sort of carve out moments.”




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