Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 3/7/2019 (563 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Keith Alessi is the kind of guy who only looks forward through the windshield, never in the rear-view mirror on his life’s journey, but in his one-man dramedy, the Vancouver, B.C.-based storyteller examines his whole personal history, from growing up in a large Italian family with an imposing father, through his time as a business executive to being diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer, brought on from acid reflux after a lifetime of eating tomatoes (really).
Alessi has an easygoing style with an honest vulnerability. He admits to owning 52 banjos, but never learned to play until surviving his battle with cancer almost four years ago. With a new lease on life, he started attending banjo classes and went to Virginia to study old-time music, which he shows off on three different instruments.
Using a mixture of humour (yes, there are banjo jokes), observations, self-reflection and music, Alessi’s inspirational and compelling tale will pluck at your heartstrings, clawhammer style.
— Rob Williams