Solo Musician Interview: Amanda Rheaume

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What Instrument(s) do you play, if any? And how long have you been playing your respective instruments(s)?
I play acoustic and electric guitar. I started playing guitar when I was 12, after learning piano from the age of 9 to 12. The first guitar I learned on was my uncles enormous and old Western acoustic guitar. Every guitar was a breeze to play after that!

Who are your biggest influences?
As a teenager I’d say Alanis Morissette and Ani Difranco. Jimi Hendrix too. Now I’d say Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow.

What song(s) do you remember most from your childhood?
You Oughta Know by Alanis, Sunshine of Your Love by Cream, You Had Time by Ani Difranco.

Do you perform covers and if so what’s your go to?
Ha! I spent YEARS playing covers in bars in Ottawa. Now my faves to play are Landslide by Stevie Nicks and Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

Do you have a process for writing your songs?
I usually keep song title and lyrics ideas in my phone notes and musical ideas in my voices notes on my phone. When I sit down to write I will revisit all my little ideas and start there.

Have you released any music yet, and if so how has it been received?
I’ve been releasing music since 2002. I’ve been very fortunate and have had a great response every time I’ve put music out ☺ My latest single “The Skin I’m In” came out January 11th , along with a brand new video, and I’ve received so many messages of support and encouragement.

Are you planning any music releases for the near future?
February 15th, 2019  my new album “The Skin I’m In” will be released.

If you have released music, where can fans to be find it?
Apple Music

Do you have social media, if so please provide links?




Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
All across Canada, Germany, Holland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Swizterland, France England, Ireland, Scotland…. My favourite venues include The Blacksheep Inn (Wakefield QC), The Fourth Stage (ottawa, ON), The Dakota (Toronto, ON)

Do you have any gigs in the near future, and if so where and when?
February 16th: NAC Fourth Stage Ottawa, ON
February 21st: Cadillac Lounge Toronto ON
February 23rd: The Mansion Kingston ON
March 1st: Gilmour Street Music Hall, Peterborough ON
March 9th: Lavigne Tavern Lavigne ON
March 23 Turnhout, Belgium – Het Keizershof
March 26 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Cafe Trianon
April 4 – Hamburg DE – Happy Billiard
April 5 – Dillenburg DE – Erbse
April 6 – Weilburg DE – Lindencult
April 7 – Son, Netherlands, La Sonnerie
April 11 – Kitzbuhel AT – Cafe Praximar
April 12 – Hayingen DE – Wimsener Muhle
April 13 – Haag Am Hausruck AT Ghost City Saloon
April 17 – Karlshue DE – Jubez
April 19 – Veendam NL – Blueprint Radio
April 19 – Steendam NL – Peter and Leni’s
April 20 – Weert, NL – Muziekcentrum Bosuil
April 21 – Aalsmeer, NL – De Oude Veiling
April 22 – Dedemsvaart, NL – Theatre Dina
April 24 – Chur Switzerland – Folk Club
April 25 – Zwickau- Lichtentane, DE – St Barbara
April 27 – Gottengen, DE – Norgelbuff
April 29 – Wesel DE – JZ Karo
April 30 – Neustadt DE Weingut Scheffer
June 7 – Lambach AT – Open Air Performance
June 8 – Vilsbiburg DE – Mitanad Open Air Festival
June 9 – Furth DE – New Orleans Festival

How do you balance your music with other obligations?
Similarly to a circus clown juggling.

Following on from that question, what has been your biggest challenge as a performer and have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
My biggest challenge has been to believe that I am good enough to be on stage sharing my music. I still struggle with self doubt but more and more trust and believe in myself. I’d say that has come from doing at least a hundred shows a year for the last few years.

What advice do you have for beginners?
SAY YES the figure out the rest. Perform as much as possible. Get on as many stages as you can.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, living or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
Dolly Parton. She just seems fun.


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