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Singer/Songwriter Acoustic Rock Night soothes audience at Café Montmartre on Main Street

A review of live music at Cafe Montmartre in Vancouver.

Cafe Montmartre on Main Street, fashioned after the district in Paris, France was fitting for the gentle and cultured music of Matthew Gong, Sound Refuge and Stephanie Chatman.

Matthew Gong is part Nooksack, Squamish, Chinese and Caucasian. His articulate yet soothing voice resembles that of Romeo Stodart of English rock group The Magic Numbers and Glen Hansard of Irish rock group The Frames. Strange he has neither accent when he speaks. Vocalist Jade Chu joined Gong for harmonies completing a very suitable duo.

Markus Michelucci of Sound Refuge met applause with songs like 'Happy Sad' and 'Vancouver's On Fire'.

Stephanie Chatman's warm intimate tone is only exceeded by her own unwavering guitar accompaniment and comforting composition. Chatman's talent fuses two of her listed influences on, Elliott Smith and Feist into a neat, smiling bundle. The only difference is she plays her own violin parts!

Give these three a listen when you're feeling bright or blue. Each possesses a certain quality able to make your day.


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