The upcoming 1st Tuesday Fundraiser, sponsored by the Mex Pub, on Feb. 5 will feature local guitarist extraordinaire Alan Jossul lending his music to raising funds for the Canadian Council of the Blind, Comox Valley Chapter.
The Canadian Council of the Blind - Comox Valley Chapter for the blind and visually impaired provide education and awareness of blindness throughout the community as well as encouragement and support to its members along with social and recreational activities at a local level. They will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Council and White Cane Week in Canada.
The Comox Valley Food Bank will also be in attendance accepting foodstuffs for Valley families in need.
Born and raised in the Comox Valley, Alan has been playing and teaching guitar for most of his life. His influences abound covering a full gamut of genres from classical music to heavy-metal. He has also picked at the banjo, bass and a few other instruments and managed to make a few of these stringed things sing.
He realized early that music is his life's calling. After years of forming his technique Alan went on to Vancouver Island University-College, (Nanaimo), undertaking their Jazz Performance program to broaden his horizons and graduating 2001. He is educated in a wide variety of styles including jazz and bluegrass and is a regular in the music scene in Canada’s Cultural Capital (2009), the Comox Valley.
Alan's fingerstyle, acoustic guitar playing achieves a sound that is playful and descriptive. He often performs solo but also collaborates on a variety of projects with other musicians here and elsewhere. When he isn't teaching or out with his dog, he is generally on a stage performing or in an audience appreciating and keeping the art of live performance alive and kicking.
The evening begins at 7:30 with a warm up set by hosts Coast to Coast and Alan will play at 8 pm.