Makeshift Island

short bio

Emerging from years in the jazz and indie Americana worlds, Makeshift Island launches Rebecca Hennessy as an innovative songwriter and showcases her voice, trumpet and original songs. Her band is Grammy and Juno winner Kevin Breit on guitar, Tania Gill on piano, Juno nominated Michael Herring on bass and Dave Clark(Gord Downie/Rheostatics) on drums.

long bio

Trumpeter, vocalist and composer, Rebecca Hennessy has seven albums to her credit, and has performed extensively in Canada, as well as in Mexico, the United States, Panama, Sri Lanka and throughout Europe. She has recorded and shared the stage with Adele, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Owen Pallett, Kevin Breit, Broken Social Scene and Feist. She leads or co-leads several ensembles, including Way North, Hobson’s Choice, Rebecca Hennessy’s FOG Brass Band, and won the 2018 Emerging Jazz Artist prize awarded by the Toronto Arts Foundation. Rebecca is also musical director of the Women’s Blues Revue, an annual event presented at Massey Hall. 

Now, she is launching her Jazz-indie Americana project, Makeshift Island into the world with a Canada Council for the Arts funded debut album featuring Rebecca singing and playing her original songs alongside Grammy and Juno award winning Kevin Breit on guitar, Tania Gill on piano, Juno Nominee Michael Herring, and Dave Clark (Gord Downie/Rheostatics). Makeshift Island has been playing regularly since 2012, but when Kevin Breit joined the band in 2017, Rebecca started to write songs with a new sound in mind. This sound comes from Rebecca’s love of jazz, roots, indie Americana music and the chemistry of the band members. All the musicians in Makeshift Island have distinct artistic voices that are powerful, moving and exciting and they all work beautifully together to engage and lift audiences. 

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