April Gislason - Lead and Background Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Blues Harmonica
Tom Lang- Lead and Background Vocals, Acoustic Guitar. See TomLangMusic.com
Together since the summer of 1995, the Acousticats are made up of two exceptional musicians: April Gislason and Tom Lang. They formed as a result of long standing love of their acoustic guitars. Like most musicians, April and Tom started out playing the acoustic guitar. Later they graduated to electric instruments and now have come full circle to the simplicity and elegance of their original instruments. Throughout their careers both have played in a variety of different musical situations which contributes to their wide musical vocabulary.
The combination of their rich vocal harmonies, the sweet sound of the acoustic guitars and some subtle technical wizardry produces a sound that is much more than merely the sum of its parts and must be heard to be believed. Acousticats have enriched the ambience of many a local establishment. They would be glad to do the same for yours. Sample a few of the Acousticats songs.
"I was lucky enough to have the Acousticats play a small private party for my husband's 50th birthday celebration. The inclusion of these two talented musicians made for an unforgettable, intimate evening in the garden - everyone was dancing under the stars. We have a number of friends from the music and media industry who were at the party, people who might be hard to impress, but so many commented on the great band (of two!) and excellent musicianship. April was very accommodating, professional and friendly in planning the event, and both April and Tom fit in like old friends in the crowd, something that was important to me. Most of the all, their performance and song selection was just great - making every song feel like a favorite. I am so grateful to have had these two play, making this a party neither of us will ever forget."
-- Alice Bacon, Shine*ola Communications and Events
"On several occasions now, I have had the pleasure to be part of events the Acousticats have played. From large galas to weddings they are a great fit to any event wanting live music and dancing. April’s energy, and passion for music comes out in her vocals, she is an amazing women inside and out. I recommend the Acousticats for any live music events."
-- Barbara Hastings, Wedding Consultant and Event Planner, Victoria, BC
"As chair of a fundraiser event for the past three years I have had the pleasure of working with April Gislason for all three years. She is a professional vocalist, who is appealing to a wide range of audiences. She is very comfortable in both large and small venues. She is a regular performer at the Fairmont Empress New Years eve celebration where she plays a big band sound, including jazz, blues and nostalgia. She is very versatile and can perform to younger audiences in venues that, if there is a dance floor handy, it will be full, and even if there is no dance floor people will be up dancing. In this type of venue she can play rock & roll, R & B, or the blues with equal professional competence. Personally, I am very impressed with her stage presence, and ability to engage the audience in her performances. I would recommend April to anyone looking for a successful evening where music is part of the format."
-- Daryl Clegg