The ‘magic garbage can’ comprises of the duo Elly Parker and Ric Lafontaine. Both singer/songwriters are inspired by their combined family of 7 children, and 6 grand children. In the tradition of ‘the Fables of La Fontaine,’ the album is filled with colorful characters faced with some of life’s challenges. Like Ric and Elly, the songs celebrate life in a magical way.
Ric is a driving force in the music scene on Vancouver Island. He co-founded Island Showcase and Nanaimo Songwriters Circle. Many websites, including Cd Isle, were developed by Ric. With 5 cds to his credit, this west coast singer/song-scaper is reminiscent of Cat Stevens. His music paints pictures of faeries dancing on water and eagles soaring on one wing.
Elly Parker has a natural talent for reaching into your soul and singing your song. Her love of family and zest for life is more than apparent in her songwriting. Elly’s self-titled cd 'Elly' offers the listener an amazing palette of musical stylings from blues, jazz, and gospel to hints of folk, country, and celtic. Served up on one hot compact disc that only this woman can spin. Her radiant smile, playful nature, and sense of humor, has brought her audiences from Sheffield, England to New Orleans, Louisiana. Her powerful voice has been heard in night clubs, festivals and theatre productions. Elly is currently working on her second album entitled “Lavender Blue.”