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Bahamas flies solo 

Afie Jurvanen plays soulful indie folk to wrap up the Long Live The Queen Festival

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As Afie Jurvanen---AKA Bahamas---prepares to depart from Toronto for Halifax's Long Live the Queen music festival, he's excited to play in the atmospheric North Street Church for a rare solo acoustic performance.

"That's a very different type of show," says Jurvanen. "It's something I love doing that I don't do too much of live."

But that isn't the only unusual change in the Bahamas camp over the past few months. After playing in support of his 2009 Juno-nominated album Pink Strat---which found Jurvanen in Halifax three times in 2010---the album was finally picked up for a national release in the US. It was great for his career, but has halted the recording of his new studio album.

"I guess because this album just came out in America, it kind of means we're going to be on tour there for a while," says Jurvanen, who will be travelling from San Diego to New York following LLTQ. "It probably won't come out for a little bit, but we'll be playing some of the songs live so people we'll get to know them before they come out, which is kind of cool."

While Jurvanen waits to work on his follow up to the critically acclaimed Pink Strat, he isn't about to sit back and let things stagnate.

"I have two girls in the band now as back-up singers. Musically it's been really refreshing for me to do that, just to come up with new arrangements. That album came out in Canada a few years ago and we did a fair amount of touring with it, so it's important to me to keep it fresh and find different ways to make it exciting," says Jurvanen.

For fans of his bare-bones guitar and drum combo, his live show will still carry the excitement of his expressive guitar playing and onstage improvisation.

"When you have a rehearsed show it's harder to veer off of the path," says Jurvanen. "But I kind of find that's where all the most exciting stuff is.


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