Danny Michel solo show in Wakefield, Quebec

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by admin on September 3, 2009

Black Sheep Inn shows Sept. 4, 5

Singer-songwriter Danny Michel has a theory that any audience with more than 200 people is too big. Beyond that number you lose your connection with the crowd.

Michel, who made a name for himself over the past decade as a solo artist, will put that theory to the test with two consecutive shows at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec. “I could go play a bigger venue in Ottawa but I don’t want to,” said Michel.

Michel, a hugely popular Canadian folk and pop musician who is known for experimenting with different sounds, now living in Waterloo, Ont., went independent in 2008. Michel said he will record his new album in the winter, and that he has had time in the fall to be selective about where he plays.

He said the Black Sheep Inn is one of those special venues he tries to play at least once a year. “When everyone’s there they’re really there for the right reasons,” he said.

Michel’s two gigs at the Sheep, which will be on Friday Sept. 4 and Saturday Sept. 5, could be the last time for a while to see him perform as a solo musician. He said he has been playing with a new band that he will tour in the new year. “It’s the last chance to see the one you like now,” he said in jest.

Now that Michel is his own boss, he said he plans to experiment with the next album and release it on just about every format possible, from vinyl to digital downloads. “In those times where everyone (in the music industry) is so unsure I prefer to have my hands on the steering wheel,” he said.

Tickets for both of Michel’s shows at the Black Sheep Inn are $20. They are available at the Black Sheep Inn, all Compact Music stores in Ottawa, the Ottawa Folklore Centre and at Ticketweb.ca.