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Riding the rails to Altona

Greg Vandermeulen
Bryan Moyer Suderman is embarking on his cross-Canada train tour to promote his new album with one stop coming in Altona.

Bryan Moyer Suderman is embarking on his cross-Canada train tour to promote his new album with one stop coming in Altona.

It's not a typical album launch tour, but then again, Bryan Moyer Suderman has never attempted to be a typical musician.

Tour buses, airplanes, or just a regular car heading across the country is the usual mode of transportation for musical artists as they crisscross North America. Instead of doing that, Moyer Suderman will be travelling more than 9,000 km by train, from Toronto to Vancouver and back.

His trip will take him to Altona, although he won't be hopping on a CP Rail freight train from Winnipeg, but will arrive by car.

He will be in the early stages of his month long tour promoting his new album "A New Heart: songs of faith for small and tall" on Sept. 19 in Altona.

As a musician traveling and performing are a necessary part of his job. But to reduce his impact on the environment, as well as spend as much time as possible with his family and church in Stouffville, Ontario, he packs as many dates into a month long tour as possible.

Travelling by train allows him to reduce his carbon emissions, as compared to flying. He completed a coast-to-coast American railroad tour last spring, and is planning another.

"I love to travel by train," Moyer Suderman said.

The music also has a wide audience.

Moyer Suderman describes his newest CD, the fourth released on his SmallTall Music label, as the most "playful" and "ambitious" of any recording he's done so far.

Described as "original songs that are evocative, engaging, and simple without being simplistic", Bryan sings from Genesis to the Gospels, Esther to Ephesians with a top-flight crew of backing musicians in styles ranging from folk and bluegrass to zydeco, bossa nova, and New Orleans jazz.

Moyer Suderman has become known for his unique gift of crafting songs and performances that draw from the deep wells of biblical vision and wisdom while being accessible and fun for young and old alike.

Since the release of his first CD in 2002, Bryan's "songs of faith for small and tall" have become favourites with families and churches across North America and beyond, and have been published in various hymnal, songbook, curriculum and other resources. Moyer Suderman will be performing an all-ages concert at the eXchange (Seeds Church) 116 Main Street in Altona at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19.