The Olympic Symphonium

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If one of your New Year's resolutions is to relax and drink more pints in 2008, this Saturday, January 5 show at Ginger's Tavern is your bull's eye (show at 10pm). Don Brownrigg and The Olympic Symphonium are on the bill, and their aim is to please. The Olympic Symphonium (Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, Graeme Walker) hail from Fredericton and are making two stops early on in Halifax this year—one this weekend, and an upcoming show on February 1, at St. John's United Church with Hayden.

As far as stops further abroad go, it looks like the group will be taking it slowly, as their other musical commitments are calling. "We are doing a little Quebec stint in February with Share but since all of us are in so many other busy bands (Grand Theft Bus are releasing their new album soon, Share are currently touring their third album), it's hard for us to find the time to do extensive touring," says Kyle Cunjak. "We'd love to play out west at some point but that will probably wait until our new album is out." The Olympic Symphonium play melodic folk and country with old-school touches and the group are gaining lots of interest for their mellow vibe. Fans will be pleased to hear that a new release is coming soon.

"We are currently recording our second album and are almost sold out of the limited-edition (500), hand-screened copies of our first," says Cunjak. "We'll most likely re-press it when we have some extra cash or find someone who wants to help us push it, probably through our label." (Forward Music Group, forwardmusicgroup.com.) The group doesn't have to look far for inspiration, for the most part. "Personally, I am really influenced by the local music community," says Cunjak. "I grew up going to as many shows as I could and admiring the people who I now get to play with on a regular basis. My friends and peers inspire me. Also, wizards and dragons."

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