By Vanessa Broadbent
It’s been almost two years since Naomi Shore wrote her song “Piece by Piece” while spending a winter living in Oliver. Now she’s coming back to perform it at the Firehall Brewery, along with the rest of the album it’s a part of.
When Shore moved to Oliver in November 2016, she had just left a nine-year relationship and was looking for a fresh start.
“I wanted to go to a tiny town where I didn’t know anybody and just be alone and sort through my life and figure out what I wanted to do,” she said.
“Wine country seemed like a good place to sort through my feelings.”
Half of the songs on Shore’s new album, Piece by Piece, coming out next spring, were written before she got to Oliver, but the title track was a jumping point for the rest of the album.
“It was one of those songs that I was crying and playing my ukulele, and it all just happened at once. It seemed like I had a bit of a breakthrough.”
At the time, Shore was sorting through her things and making the drive out to Penticton to donate them to Value Village.
“I had to do it one box at a time so I didn’t have a total panic attack.”
Now Shore is coming back to Oliver to share her work.
“I’m really excited to be back. I made a solid group of musical pals in Oliver, Osoyoos and Penticton and I think it’ll be a nice reunion.”
This isn’t the first time Shore’s been back to Oliver to perform; she opened for Noble Son in January and will open for the Folk Road Show at Medici’s in October.
While living in Oliver she also taught piano and directed The Vagina Monologues with the South Okanagan Women In Need Society, which sold out two shows in Penticton and raised over $6,000.
This time she’ll be joined by Lindsay Walker, an electric guitarist and songwriter who Shore says has “the most incredible belting humongous voice.”
The performance is part of Shore and Walker’s Fall Feelings tour, full of “emotionally-charged, lady-driven songs.”
“I’m really excited to share the stage with Lindsay Walker. She’s hilarious and so talented and I think it’s funny to have two boss babes on stage together – and I can’t wait to be back at the brewery and have the Backdraft Blonde.”
Naomi Shore and Lindsay Walker perform at the Firehall Brewery on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m.