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Lucinda Jones is preparing for her next project, though this one has nothing to do with any pictures, paintings, or prints.
Perhaps most well known in Stratford as the owner/operator of My Custom Framer for the last 11 years, Jones will be turning some heads when she performs a repertoire of jazz and blues numbers at The Church Restaurant this Friday, Nov. 22.
For most, it will be the first time seeing Jones on stage and in command of a microphone, though for those close to her, her talent is anything but a surprise.
Friend and co-worker, Jan Van Stralen, says Jones is always singing in the back of her Albert Street business while working. But it was an impromptu solo Jones delivered one night at Van Stralen’s house that convinced her Jones needs to be heard by a wider audience.
“What are you doing hiding?” Van Stralen remembers thinking. “That voice needs to get out. It’s beautiful.”
While Jones’s experience in front of a crowd is somewhat limited – she’s performed a handful of times at various restaurants and bar, and competed the last three years in the Kiwanis Festival, winning her class each time – she gained invaluable confidence last May when she was asked to perform a solo with the Perth Community Choir.
Since then she’s been working with a team of vocal and body movement coaches and rehearsing with other musicians in anticipation of headlining her own show.
“There’s just a voice inside me that wants to get out and wants to be heard,” she says emphatically.
Accompanying her on stage for Friday’s concert will be Paul Coates on the piano. Coats is also the musical director of the Perth Community Choir.
“I felt that with Paul helping, I can do anything,” Jones says. “He has so much experience putting together concerts and programs.”
They will be joined by Earl Filsinger on guitar, Laurence Gauci on bass, Chris Adair on percussion, and special guest Glen Dias.
Tickets for the show are $25 in advance, and can be purchased at My Custom Framer. They will sell for $35 at the door the night of the concert. A three-course dinner at the restaurant on show night costs $39. Jones expects to take the stage at 9 p.m.
Jones says she will be performing both well-known jazz and blues songs and some that are more obscure.
“I feel the music,” she adds. “The stories of loss and longing in the music aren’t necessarily what I’m experiencing in my life, but I feel a strong connection to that.”
And ss for her future on stage, Jones says she plans to continue performing as long as there’s an audience.
“I just want to do as much as I can,” she adds. “If it’s going somewhere I’m going with it.”