Thursday, June 28, 2007


I will most certainly be offline for the next four or five weeks (June 28-August 7), while I complete my move from Hamilton to Ottawa. Happy arts & crafting, everyone!

D.D. Rocker

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


"Four String Winds" by Blue Rodeo is first single to radio; CD due July 17

Ian Tyson has been one of Canada's most distinctive songwriters for more than 40 years. Since the early '60s, he has created a spectacular body of work - and now a distinguished group of Canadian and American artists have recorded some of his classic songs for a tribute album in his honour. The album has been in the works for more than a year. Stony Plain Records' Holger Petersen and award-winning music journalist Peter North asked Tyson's friends, associates, admirers and one-time sidemen to contribute and shepherded their songs through production. The response was both positive and immediate. The result is The Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson, with 15 of his songs performed by an all-star cast including Blue Rodeo, Jennifer Warnes, one-time Byrd Chris Hillman, Gordon Lightfoot and rowdy Alberta renegade Corb Lund. Former musicians who have worked with Tyson over the years - David Rea, Stewart MacDougall, Amos Garrett, Cindy Church, Buddy Cage and Jeff Bradshaw - all contributed tracks.

Other participants include Ramblin' Jack Elliott, The Good Brothers, The McDades and Tom Russell. The CD joins a Stony Plain catalogue that already boasts more than a dozen Tyson albums, including 1986's platinum selling Cowboyography. Tyson has been a Stony Plain artist since 1985. And all of his earlier solo material has been reissued by the label. Stony Plain's catalogue is distributed by Warner Music Canada.

Tyson, who marks his 75th birthday next year, continues to run the Tyson Ranch in the foothills of the Rockies south of Calgary - and tours in Canada and the US, playing some 75 concerts a year. He's a member of the Juno Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Order of Canada. Said producer Peter North, longtime music writer for the Edmonton Journal and as music director of Alberta's CKUA radio network:

"Tyson's songs cross a musical landscape that includes the folk revival of the '60s, the birth of country rock, hardcore honkytonk music and his own chosen place as a spokesperson for cowboy culture. A tribute to Ian, who is certainly not ready to call it a day on the ranch, has definitely been in order for some time now."

The first single from the album - already sent to radio stations across the country - is Blue Rodeo's interpretation of Tyson's best-known song, "Four Strong Winds." Covered by dozens of artists, including Neil Young (who still includes it in all his concerts), Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and others as varied as The Kingston Trio and The Tragically Hip, "Four Strong Winds" was also chosen by CBC Radio listeners as the greatest Canadian song of all time. The Gift includes versions of Tyson's finest songs, offering passionate performances, framed by the artistry of the man to whom tribute is being paid.


For further information please contact:

Richard Flohil
(416) 351-1323

Holger Petersen
Stony Plain Records
(780) 468-6423

Track Listing and Artist

1. Four Strong Winds - Blue Rodeo
2. MC Horses - Corb Lund
3. Blue Mountains of Mexico - Jennifer Warnes
4. What Does She See - Chris Hillman
5. Red Velvet - Gordon Lightfoot
6. The Gift - David Rea
7. Range Delivery - Cindy Church
8. Smuggler's Cove - The McDades
9. Some Kind of Fool - Amos Garrett
10. Old Cheyenne - Tom Russell
11. Someday Soon - The Circus in Flames with Buddy Cage
12. Will James - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
13. You're Not Alone Anymore - Stewart MacDougall
14. Summer Wages - The Good Brothers
15. Moondancer - Jeff Bradshaw
16. (Bonus Track - Interview with Ramblin' Jack Elliott & Buddy Cage)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Billboard Memorial Article on Richard Bell


Keyboardist Richard Bell Dies

June 15, 2007

By Larry LeBlanc

Legendary Canadian keyboardist Richard Bell died June 15 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto following a long fight with cancer. He was 61. The son of Leslie Bell, a leading Canadian choir conductor/educator/composer, Bell was best-known for being a member of Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band, as well as being in a later version of The Band. A child prodigy, Bell began playing the piano at age 4 and studied at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music.

Bell began his professional musical career in the '60s as a member of the Toronto pop band, The Just Us. In the mid-'60s he joined Arkansas rockabilly Ronnie Hawkins, following the departure of Hawkins' previous band, Levon & the Hawks (who would gain fame as The Band.)

While performing with Hawkins at the Fillmore East in New York in 1969, Bell was approached by Janis Joplin's manager, Albert Grossman, and invited to join Joplin's new band. Bell can be heard on the singer's posthumously-released album, Pearl. After Joplin's death in 1970, Bell recorded or performed with Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Bonnie Raitt, Judy Collins, Cowboy Junkies, Michael Kaeshammer, and Joe Walsh. Bell took over the piano chair in The Band in 1991 following the death of Stan Szelest and had been a member since then.

In the last 16 years, Bell also performed extensively and recorded with Nashville-based guitarist Colin Linden, also from Toronto, and was the keyboardist in the Toronto-based band, The Porkbelly Futures.

Until recently, Bell remained a much-in-demand session player and producer in North America, recording with Big Bill Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters; Burrito Deluxe in Nashville; and Toronto soul singer Danny Brooks.

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Welcome to summer! Time to pick up on some cool new music from Blind Pig Records. Now you can pre-order our upcoming new releases from guitarist Elvin Bishop and American troubadour Peter Karp.


A rollicking new live set from blues icon Elvin Bishop. Ever since coming of age as a bluesman on Chicago's South Side and joining up as an original member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1965, Elvin has always infused his music with a distinctive freshness and vitality. His reputation as an outstanding live performer comes from his ability to turn every show into a raucous party. Or, as Rolling Stone put it, “a good-time romp, delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and wit.” Downbeat said, “Bishop is a good-hearted soul whose life mission is the entertain to the best of his ability.” This CD finds him at the top of his game, delighting his audience with new tunes and old favorites. Note: The first 150 people who order Elvin's new CD from our website will receive a copy autographed by Mr. Bishop himself.


Peter Karp is a master songsmith and a truly original and unique voice in American roots music. He’s an accomplished musician, but it’s his knack for penning songs that truly defines this prolific artist and places him in an elite class. He crafts tunes that are poignant, funny, irreverent, romantic and true to life. Blues Revue called him “an underground genius…like Jackson Browne and John Prine, with a healthy dose of blues, too.” Steppin’ Out magazine said, “Karp’s unusual style enables him to effortlessly merge folk, funk, blues and rock into a steamy mixture of American music styles…Fans of J.J. Cale, Freddie King, and Bob Dylan will love him.”

To pre-order these releases for only $15 each, or to listen to samples, please click HERE. To purchase these and other Blind Pig CDs for only $10 each as part of our 5 CDs FOR $50 Sale, you must click HERE.

For more information visit


****George Olliver is back in home territory with his band, Gangbuster.

He's playing the hot spot in Oshawa for blues and r&b, CHICAGO'S DINER, this Sat., June 30th - 926 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 4W2, (905) 436 9191

It's going to be a great nite and George will be hitting those high notes and trying out some of the great moves he's known for so don't miss it.



Friday, June 22, 2007

Books by Newfoundland writer
Paul Butler


Friday, June 22/07 - 10 p.m. - ?

Butler's Sports Bar
284 Mary Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

We're playing at the Sports Bar for the final time this summer on Friday night, June 22. The Niagara Rhythm Section consists of me (Steve Goldberger) on bass, Dave Norris on drums, Penner MacKay on percussion & Steve Grisbrook on guitar. We'll be rockin' out with our usual eclectic madness.

Niagara Rhythm Section's Saturday Night "MUSICAL IMPROV" Series

Every Saturday night - 10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. - no cover

This week's featured guest: Sat., June 23 - JOHN DICKIE

The Anchorage
186 Ricardo St.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

This Saturday (June 23), we welcome back John Dickie (of The Mississippi Hippies) to the Anchorage. Last time he was here we had a blast. What an excellent singer and personality. Here's what it says on his website.

Name: John 'Little Johnnie' Dickie

Astrological Sign: cancer- 'cancer shmancer, as long as you've got your health.'

Instrument: plays lead vocal, which is like lead guitar, only it's like vocals; also guitar, mandolin, harmonica and piano.

Past musical tribes: John and the Sisters (which is also a current tribe), The Prima Donnas, The Cameos, Mondo Combo and Piledriver back in the '70s.

Hallmark musical moment: sharing stages with all the greats over the years, like Albert Collins, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Dr. John, Holly Cole, n' The Neville Bros. Also, interviewing people like Oscar Peterson and Buddy Guy on all-night talk radio, and never having to compromise my deal...musically.

First Became A Hippie: the first time I heard the legendary Buffalo New York DJ George 'Hounddog' Lorenz broadcasting his R 'n' B show from the bon ton in Buffalo live, all those fuzzy years ago. Don't miss this one!

Other upcoming dates of note:

More musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage - now in our 3rd year:

The Niagara Rhythm Section (Goldberger, Grisbrook, Norris & MacKay) with special guests:

June 30 - Gayle Ackroyd & Ed Kopala (country soul & blues)
July 7 - Steve Grisbrook's birthday bash with Herb Nelson on keys
July 14 - Bruce Longman (eclectic roots & roll)
July 21 - James Brown & Terry Walsh (local legends)
July 28 - Chuck Jackson (Downchild's lead vocalist)
Aug 4 - "Guitars that ate your momma" with Eric Mahar, Steve Grisbrook & Herb Nelson
Aug 11- Denis Keldie (legendary keyboardist and personality)
Aug 18 - Espanola Slim (amazing harmonica player)
Aug 25 - John Mays (wonderful singer - frontman for Fathead)
Sept 1 - Scott & Simon (local popsters with great vocals)
Sept 8 - surprise guest!
Sept 15 - Neil Chapman (amazing rockin' guitarist and personality)
Sept 22- Lance Anderson on the B3 (organ wizard)

Aug 5th - NRS @ Canal Days, Pt. Colborne
Aug 6th - The Drummin' Fools @ the Shaw Fair & Fete
Sept 8th- NRS at the South Side Shuffle -
Sept 15th - Drums Along the Niagara -

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Women in Film and Television

Toronto announces SUN TV Pitch Competition at 2007 WIFT International Summit in July

(TORONTO – Tuesday, June 5, 2007)

Women in Film and Television-Toronto (WIFTT) is pleased to announce the SUN TV Pitch Competition at the 2007 WIFT International Summit. WIFT-T will host the Summit in Toronto at the Park Hyatt Hotel from July 16-19, 2007.

For more info, visit
Nortel Ottawa Dragonboat Race Festival (a.k.a. Poet's Day) - June 22-24/07
Mooney's Bay Park - Riverside Drive - Ottawa, ON

Festival Schedule

Friday, June 22

5:00pm to 9:30pm DJ Juchi "Oddessy" Jobim – Royal Oak Main Tent

6:00pm – 8:00pm Collins Barrow Pledge Tent Open

6:30pm – 7:30pm Team Captain’s Meeting and Wristband Distribution

7:30pm – 9:00pm Royal Oak Beer Garden and BBQ Open
Mighty Popo – Royal Oak Main Stage

Saturday, June 23

7:00am Free OC Transpo Shuttle Services Begins
Collins Barrow Pledge Tent Opens

7:20am Race Staging

7:50am Races Begin

9:30am Brymark Merchandise Tent Opens

10:00am Little Ray’s Reptiles Display Opens – Tim Hortons Children’s Area
Chris Pilsworth and Circus Montreal – Roving Entertainment Begins
Silent Auction Tent Opens
Exhibitors and Food Concessions Open
Tim Hortons Children’s Area Open
Six String Nation Tent Opens

11:00am Little Ray’s Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage
Royal Oak Beer Garden Opens

12:00 pm DJ Juchi "Oddessy" Jobim – Royal Oak Main Tent

12:30pm Race Break – Opening Ceremonies – Royal Oak Main Stage

1:00pm Ceremonial Lion Dance – Royal Oak Main Stage

1:30pm Jupiter Ray Project – Royal Oak Main Stage
Mad Science Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage
Kung Fu and Tai Chi – Demonstration Area

1:10pm Races Resume

2:30pm Little Ray’s Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage
Kung Fu and Tai Chi – Demonstration Area

3:00pm Skydiggers– Royal Oak Main Stage

3:30 pm Aytahn – Circus Montreal Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage
Kung Fu and Tai Chi – Demonstration Area

4:00 pm Collins Barrow Pledge Tent Closes
Silent Auction Tent Closes

4:30 pm Little Ray’s Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage

5:10pm Charity Challenge Cup Race

5:15 pm Oto-Wa Taiko – Royal Oak Main Stage

6:00pm Challenge Cup Awards Ceremony – Royal Oak Main Stage

7:45pm Last OC Transpo Shuttle Leaves Site

8:00 pm Royal Oak Beer Garden and BBQ Closes

Sunday, June 24

8:15am Free OC Transpo Shuttle Services Begins

9:00 am Races Begin
Collins Barrow Pledge Tent Opens

10:00 am Brymark Merchandise Tent Opens
Little Ray’s Reptiles Display Opens – Tim Hortons Children’s Area
Chris Pilsworth and Circus Montreal – Roving Entertainment Begins
Exhibitors and Food Concessions Open
Tim Hortons Children’s Area Open
Six String Nation Tent Opens

11:00 am Silent Auction Tent Opens
Little Ray’s Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage
Breast Cancer Survivor Challenge Cup
Flower Ceremony
Royal Oak Beer Garden Opens

12:00 pm DJ Juchi "Oddessy" Jobim – Royal Oak Main Tent
Mad Science Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage
Kung Fu and Tai Chi – Demonstration Area

12:30 pm Alfalfa – Royal Oak Main Stage

12:40pm 100 Meter Sprint Race

1:00 pm Little Ray’s Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage
Kung Fu and Tai Chi – Demonstration Area
Collins barrow pledge Tent Closes

1:10pm Women’s Petite Final Race

1:20pm Women’s Final Race

1:30 pm Jeff Healey & the Jazz Wizards – Royal Oak Main Stage

2:00 pm Aytahn – Circus Montreal Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage
Kung Fu and Tai Chi – Demonstration Area
Silent Auction Tent Closes

3:00pm Championship Final Race
Little Ray’s Show – Tim Hortons Children’s Stage

3:10pm Youth Challenge Cup

3:30pm Final Awards Ceremony

4:45pm Last OC Transpo Shuttle Leaves Site

6:00pm Royal Oak Beer Garden and BBQ Closes

For more information on the Dragon Boat Festival, visit

For a complete listing of upcoming Ottawa festivals, visit

Ottawa Jazz Festival - June 21 - July 1 - Confederation Park - Ottawa, ON

Rockin' the Capital @ The Thirsty Toad - Ottawa, ON - Saturday, June 30/07
- A Concert Benefit for Champions for Children
Jerry Salfi - News Update (June 2007)

Hello - sorry I've been out of touch for a while.

The past winter and spring have been a challenge healthwise, etc., and the playing schedule has been constant. Can't seem to keep up on the paperwork.

Just to let you know I'm still playing with the Midnight Gypsies every night... yes, that's 7 nights a week.... at the CopaCabana on Fallsview Ave. in Niagara Falls [Ontario]. The start time is usually 6:45 pm to 11 pm. That will continue through to at least Thanksgiving weekend.

This week I'm also doing the solo acoustic guitar/vocal thing at the Maid of the Mist Market Place in Niagara Falls on Wed., June 20, from 11 am to 6 pm and Fri., June 22, from 11 am to 4:30 pm. I hope to see you soon.

Jerry (

(formerly of Nightshift Blues Band and Midnight Shift)
Photos from "Blues with a Feeling 2007" - June 9 - Hamilton, ON
[forwarded by Neil Nickafor]

Neil Nickafor Mugging It Up

Ray Harrison on keys with Trickbag

Mike Eastman

Sonny Del Rio (on sax), Kelly Jay (on keyboard) and members of Trickbag

Hamilton Guitar Trio (Steve Strongman, John Gibbard and Mike Eastman)

BWAF Organizer Rob "Cueball" Platsko

Steve Strongman Band (with Jesse O'Brien on keyboards)

Les Smith on harmonica

Jude Johnson and bassist Bucky Buchanan

Mark Laforme

Cancer Claims Richard Bell at 61

June 18, 2007
By Graham Rockingham
Hamilton Spectator

Richard Bell, an orginal member of Hamilton rock band Crowbar, who went on to record with Janis Joplin and The Band, has died of cancer at the age of 61.

Bell, who passed away Friday, June 15, at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital, had performed in recent years as keyboard player with Canadian roots-rock performers such as Colin Linden, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Kathleen Edwards.

Considered one of the greatest blues-rock keyboard players Canada ever produced, Bell first came to prominence in the late '60s when he teamed up with Hamilton harmonica player Richard Newell (King Biscuit Boy) as part of the Ronnie Hawkins Band.

Newell and Bell were part of the original lineup of the Hamilton-based band Crowbar, which had a No. 1 hit in the early '70s with the song, "Oh, What a Feeling (What a Rush)".

“The opening bars of "You Done Tore Your Playhouse Down" (on Official Music by King Biscuit Boy with Crowbar) was one of the greatest blues piano intros I’ve ever heard”, said former Crowbar lead singer Kelly Jay in an interview from his home in Calgary.

Bell left Crowbar to join Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band, performing on her final album and touring with her on the Festival Express train across Canada. After Joplin’s death, Bell moved to Woodstock, N.Y., and Alabama, working as a session musician with people like Paul Butterfield, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and John Sebastian.

In 1991, Bell joined The Band and performed on their final three albums (Jericho, High on the Hog and Jubilation). The Band folded after the death of Rick Danko in 1999 and Bell went on to play with Colin Linden, Bruce Cockburn, the Cowboy Junkies, Burrito Deluxe and many others.

“Richard Bell was the best musician I ever met, period”, said Linden, a Nashville-based producer and a member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

Linden, a close friend, flew to Toronto last week to be close to Bell in his final days. Linden is helping organize a tribute to Bell, which will take place Wednesay at 2 p.m. at the Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto.

[Article forwarded by Marty Murray]

To view John Gibbard's photos of Hamilton's "Blues with a Feeling 2007" (a tribute to King Biscuit Boy), click here:

[Link forwarded by bassist Neil Nickafor -]

Thursday, June 14, 2007

German Water Bridge - A Work of Art

Even after you see it, it is still hard to believe! Water Bridge in Germany .... What a feat!
Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters this is engineering! This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.
To those who appreciate engineering projects, here's a puzzle for you armchair engineers and physicists. Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?
Answer: It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of the water! Why? A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

Frankye Kelly @ Yoshi's (Berkeley, CA) - June 20/07

Hi, Everyone.

I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying your life as much as possible. I just returned from a trip to Texas and Louisiana and I am ready for my show at Yoshi’s on June 20th. That’s right, next Wednesday.

I would truly appreciate your support and attendance. I will have some wonderful musical artists appearing with me: Tammy Hall on piano, Marlon Green on drums, Carla Kaufman on bass and Michael O’Neill on woodwinds.

I plan to sing some jazz classics as well as some new material that you will enjoy.

The shows are at 8 PM ($10.00) and 10 PM ($6.00).

I hope to see you there and please have a great day.

Peace and Love,

Frankye (Bea) Kelly
Irish Festival Line-up Change

Dear Friends:

Due to an unforseen circumstance, The Fenians were forced to cancel their appearance at this year's festival. I wish them the best of luck, and sincerely hope that they will be back at Irish 2000 some time in the future. In the meantime we are excited to announce that we have gotten a top-notch act to replace the Fenians in our lineup. They are The Tossers from Chicago. Below you will find some information on the band. I know that they will be a huge hit at this years festival.

Thanks for your continued support and see you in September.

Matt Nelligan
Festival President

The Tossers

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, which is known for its huge Irish Catholic community, The Tossers emerged in the early '90s with their own brew of Celtic music fueled by a love of traditional folk songs and punk rock fury. They named themselves a pejorative term that some trace back to Shakespeare; depending on who you ask, it means commode, drunk, or the currency Britain rejected when the Irish established their independence in the 1920s.

After twelve years and four albums, The Tossers are back with their follow-up to The Valley of the Shadow of Death, called Agony. It is a collection of songs that run the gamut, from slow to fast, sweet to angry and back again. Using traditional instrumentation comprised of mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle and banjo beefed up with guitar and drums, The Tossers play with a furious edge that teeters between rage and raucousness.

"Favorite sons of the Chicago scene, The Tossers possess an unparalleled work ethic, playing anywhere, anytime, for anybody, with anybody", banjo player Clay Hansen mused. The majority of the band members grew up together, and while no one remembers exactly how the band formed, early gigs are described by Hansen as pretty much the same as now consuming massive amounts of alcohol, playing all night and not getting paid. Eventually their name got out and while continuing to play the pubs and taverns of Chicagos South Side, they began to open for legends like Shane McGowan and Stiff Little Fingers. The Tossers' live shows are legendary for attracting fans of all ages and from all walks of life drenched in Guinness and Jameson, the dancing crowd are always one step from a riot.

Illinois Entertainer had this to say of their set with McGowan: "The seven-piece band did something few opening bands really do: won over the crowd and made you forget that the headliner was a ways off."

For more info on the 2007 Irishfest 2000, visit:
The Undesirables to Release Doghouse Dreams CD - June 23 - Hugh's Room (Toronto)

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! release Big City Blues CD

The new cd by Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! is finally here! Titled "Big City Blues", the disc features 12 great cuts, a mixture of band originals and blues covers, mostly recorded at Fastback Studios in Seattle. One cut was recorded at Studio 61 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the heart of The Delta!

Featured on the disc along with Becki Sue, T-Boy, Jim, WildChild and Jeff, are nationally known blues artists, vocalist Candye Kane and keyboard giants Mitch Woods and Two Scoops Moore, local B3 wizard Ron Weinstein, and longtime Paul deLay guitarist, Peter Dammann. The cover artwork is by Phil Chesnut and so of course it looks cool, too!

We will be holding a cd release party this Saturday, June 16, at the Raging River Cafe & Club in Fall City (just past Issaquah on I-90), WA, in conjunction with "Fall City Days". We play outside on the main drag in front of the club from 12:30-3:30 and then again inside the club from 9pm-1am. PLEASE come on out to see and hear the band and get a copy of our new cd hot off the press!

We will also be at The Vancouver MicroBlues Festival on Friday, June 15, from 5:45-6:45. WE HEAR THIS FESTIVAL IS A BLAST!


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

This week at "The Ank" - Maria Aurigema (Saturday, June 16)

Niagara Rhythm Section's Saturday Night "MUSICAL IMPROV" Series

This week's featured guest:


Where: The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-2141
When: every Saturday night 10:00 pm - 12:30 am- no cover

We are pleased to welcome back the amazing Maria Aurigema.

"Don't take this the wrong way, but you play like a man" said Jimmy Thackery the last time he heard her play. She has music and entertainment in her blood. Maria grew up in North Tonawanda, New York, with her home being the stop-over to many traveling entertainers who played Melody Fair in the late 60's, early 70's and who visited her singer/dancer/entertainer father, Jay Aurigema. She went on to graduate from The State University of New York at Fredonia with a degree in instrumental music, received her master's degree in creative studies from Buffalo State College and currently works as an instrumental music instructor in Kenmore, NY. Maria studied guitar at SUNY Fredonia for four years with Jim Piorkowski, formerly of the Buffalo Guitar Quartet, and with Buffalo jazz guitarist Stu Weissman for four years. She was formerly a core member of Wild in Blue, Fitzhugh and the Fanatics, and an Emile Latimer project which spanned a total of almost 10 years. Maria's combined influences of world beat, roots rock, jazz, blues and soul have developed such a style that once you hear her it certainly suggests big things to come! Maria has traced the roots of rock players such as Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page back to the immortal sounds of players like Albert and BB King and has drawn upon these influences. Along with singing and playing with passion and abandon she warmly chats to the crowd and creates a genuine atmosphere.

"The time has come to devote more time to my own project", says Maria, and that is just what she has done. Maria has just released her debut C.D. entitled "Take Me", which contains mostly original music and hosts Downchild Blues Band members: Gary Kendall (bass), Mike Fitzpatrick (drums), Mike Fonfara (keyboards) and Pat Carey (sax). Also rounding out the line-up are: Larry Goodhand (guitar), Wayne St. John (percussion) and Toronto's own Jeff Healey appears as "special guest" guitarist on three tracks. It's hard to imagine anyone not being impressed with Maria and her music! She's like a freight train picking up speed!

Please visit for more information, photos, sound clips, etc...

Other upcoming dates of note:

June 22nd - NRS' final summer date @ the Sports BarMore musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St., 905-468-2141

Now in our 3rd year, The Niagara Rhythm Section (Goldberger, Grisbrook, Norris & MacKay) with special guests:

June 23 - John Dickie (another great singer/personality)
June 30 - Gayle Ackroyd & Ed Kopala (country soul & blues)
July 7 - Steve Grisbrook's birthday bash with Herb Nelson on keys
July 14 - Bruce Longman (eclectic roots & roll)
July 21 - James Brown & Terry Walsh (local legends)
July 28 - Chuck Jackson (Downchild's lead vocalist)
Aug 4 - "Guitars that ate your momma" with Eric Mahar, Steve Grisbrook & Herb Nelson
Aug 11- Denis Keldie (legendary keyboardist and personality)
Aug 18 - Espanola Slim (amazing harmonica player)
Aug 25 - John Mays (wonderful singer - frontman for Fathead)
Sept 1 - Scott & Simon (local popsters with great vocals)
Sept 15 - Neil Chapman (amazing rockin' guitarist and personality)
Sept 22- Lance Anderson on the B3 (organ wizard)

Aug 5th - NRS @ Canal Days, Pt. Colborne
Aug 6th - The Drummin' Fools @ the Shaw Fair & Fete
Sept 8th- NRS at the South Side Shuffle -
Sept 15th - Drums Along the Niagara -

Load up your ipod with our music at:

Louise Laurier - "You Can’t Keep a Happy Girl Down" (Out of the Blues)
Missy (Marianne) Burgess - "Pour Me a Song" (Pour Me a Song)
Penny Lang - "Brokedown Girl" (Gather Honey)
Atlantic Union - "Blackwaterside" (The Whole Dance)
Cecilia (di Benedetto) - "Market Place" (Kardamom)
Terra Hazelton - "Anybody’s Baby" (Anybody’s Baby)
Buzz Thompson & The Honeybees - "Life on the Fly" (It’s Yesterday Once More)
Burnt Rose - "Clown Prince" (Piece of the Part)
Blue Monday Band - "Mr. Dictator" (Highways)
Bettye Lavette - "Joy" (I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise)
Andrea Lake - "Borderline Addiction" (Bender)
Ndidi Onukwulu - "Horn Blower" (No, I Never)
Nicole Fournier - "Man of My Dreams" (From the Beginning)
Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys" (Pretenders)
D.D. Rocker Bids Farewell to Hamilton (c/o Cartoon Monster -

The Brown Hornets Rock The Bovine Again - June 16/07 - Plus Upcoming Gigs

Hi, everyone.

We have a pile of upcoming June shows from one end of Ontario to the other.

Our next Toronto show will be this coming Saturday, June 16th, at The Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. West, headlining the Toronto Tattoo Expo NIX party weekend. We will be joined by our good friends, Daylight For Deadeyes. Hornets hit the stage at 11:30. Come early to make sure you get in. Our last Bovine show was sold out.

Other upcoming June dates

June 15th @ The Boathouse, Kitchener / Waterloo

June 16th @ The Bovine Sex Club, Toronto

June 17th @ Wonderclock, 873382 5th line, EHS Sovereign Township of Mono,
near Orangeville. On at 10 AM

June 22nd @ Rainbow, Ottawa

June 23rd @ Call The Office, London. Opening for former Deadboys guitarist Cheetah Chrome

Also a very special thanks to everyone that came out for the NXNE show. We know that everyone was really thirsty, including us. We can't thank you enough for sticking around for the show. There will be lots of Jager and Beer at the bovine show... we guarantee it.

Hope to see you out at a show soon.


The Brown Hornets
Higher Octane (f. guest Marshall Paul) Participating in Sound of Music Festival

As part of the 28th Annual Sound of Music Festival in Burlington, Ontario, our band, Higher Octane, will be performing at Joe Dogs on Friday, June 15, at 10:30 p.m. Come early or risk a long line-up.

Check out the full music line-up for the Sound of Music Festival - June 14-17/07 at:

George Olliver returns to "LAKE SIMCOE ARMS", 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson's Point, Ontario, (905) 722-5999 this Sat., June 16th, 8 pm -12 midnight and he's fired up.

George has just performed at 2 major r&b events in Toronto (see below) and Jackson's Point has always been a stronghold for soul music.

George will be inviting several of his local special guests, so it's going to be a great night. Bring your dancing shoes and if you can't dance, don't worry; George has moves for everybody.

God Bless,

Hunter-Hughes Prods.
Whitby, On


George Olliver helped celebrate CHUM RADIO'S 50TH birthday @ Nathan Philips Square in Toronto on Saturday, May 16/07.............. 5,000 people turned out for Gordon Lightfoot, George Olliver and Keith Hampshire. It was a great show reminiscent of a Mandala concert with special guests.

He also just headlined the LUMINATO (YORKVILLE "SUMMER OF LOVE" FESTIVAL) on Saturday, June 2/07. Also on the bill were Luke and the Apostles (featuring Peter Jermyn) and Sylvia Tyson. This was a tremendous success, as the heart of the Cumberland/Yorkville district was flooded with patrons from across Canada, reminiscing about Toronto's 60's and 70's music scene, which was YORKVILLE.

George Olliver was hired to perform at these events because of his credentials as a Juno nominee and also for his significant contribution to this era in Canadian recording and live performance with his legendary bands ........... "MANDALA", "GEORGE OLLIVER & THE CHILDREN" AND NATURAL GAS".


Hunter-Hughes Prods
Whitby, On
Fundraiser for the family of the late Said Shiragha Rahimi (political cartoonist)


A Celebration of the Afghani Political Cartoons of the late Said Rahimi, who was tragically killed in Hamilton [Ontario] on Jan 15. Featuring four outstanding Canadian political cartoonists:
Terry Mosher, political cartoonist - Montreal Gazette; Brian Gable - Globe and Mail; Graeme MacKay - Hamilton Spectator; and Roy Carless, Hamilton Political Cartoonist.
Saturday, June 23, 7 - 10 pm
The Pearl Company
16 Steven St at King William
Hamilton, ON

Also featuring live music, Afghani hors d'oeuvres, door prizes and original cartoons and other items for sale. MC for the evening will be CBC radio personality Jeff Goodes.

All money raised by the event will go into a trust fund for Rahimi's wife and children.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Bryan Prince Bookseller, the Carnegie Gallery, Arts Hamilton - Jackson Square, La Jardinere, OPIRG and The ICAA.

Please call 905-524-0606 or email for more info.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

D.D. Rocker to debut "Iron Maidens" on CHUO 89.1 FM

Tune into CHUO 89.1 FM on Monday, June 11/07, at 3 p.m. for the debut segment of "Iron Maidens", a multi-genre music programme highlighting music from the female of the species. The show will have a special focus on lesser-known local (Ottawa) and other Canadian women in the music industry, but will also include international female performers/composers from the U.S. and elsewhere.

The show has not yet been allotted a regular time slot. Stay tuned for more information.

In the meantime, visit my website(s) at to view playlists from my former show, "Patchwork Blues" (aired in St. John's, NL, and Hamilton, ON).

Happy listening!

D.D. Rocker

Friday, June 08, 2007

The Stingrays - Blues


Willie Leigh – Vocals, Harp John LaRocca – Guitar

Babe Myles – Drums Shawn O’Halloran – Vocals, Bass


Fri. June 22 - 9 pm

The Ancaster Alehouse
1242 Garner Rd. W. (at Hwy 2)
Ancaster, ON

( Formerly Duff’s Bar - at Duff’s Corner next to The Egg & I )

Check out The Stingrays Website:

For bookings or information, contact:

John LaRocca
(905) 574-9857
Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! - News Update

Hey, Blues Fans!

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! will be at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA, this Friday and Saturday nights, June 8-9, at 9 pm. We will have as a special guest Son Jack Jr. playing Delta-style blues on our breaks. You do not want to miss this!

Our new cd, Big City Blues, should arrive from production some time next week. Please look for our cd release party announcements to come soon!!! The new disc will be available at our gigs, on our website, at, and hopefully at record stores near you!


Friday, June 15 - Vancouver Microblues Festival at Esther Short Park - Vancouver, WA
5:45 - 6:45

Saturday, June 16 - Fall City Days @ Raging River Cafe & Club - Fall City, WA
12:30 - 3:30 (outside) and 9:00pm - 1:00am (inside)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Upcoming Acts at The Rainbow - June & July 2007

Thursday, June 7 - Benefit for Cancer Cure

Friday, June 8 - Maria Hawkins

Saturday, June 9 - CD Release for Kevin Marks (Montreal)

Friday, June 15 - Eddie Turner (Colorado)

Saturday, June 16 - The Hammerheads

Wednesday, June 20 - Storm( Montreal)

Thursday, June 21 - Tea For The Voyage (Kingston)

Friday, June 22 - The Brown Hornets (Toronto)

Saturday, June 23 - Barrelhouse

Wednesday, June 27 - Eamond Dowd (Dublin)

Thursday, June 28 - Jen Plummer + Paul Disalle

Friday, June 29 - David Gogo (Vancouver)

Saturday, June 30 - Fathead

Sunday, July 1 - Canada Day Party! with Salted, Big Mojo & David Gogo

Monday, July 2 - Chris Jagger's Atcha, Opening: the Echo Hunters

Friday, July 5 - Watermelon Slim

Saturday, July 6 - Eric Tessmer

Sunday, July 7 - Burnside Style

Wednesday, July 10 - Anthony Gomes

Thursday, July 11 - Elmer Ferrar & Chris Duarte

Saturday, July 13 - Dead String Bros

Sunday, July 14 - John Mooney & Blusianna
Update on Shane Bernier's Birthday Card Guiness Book Record Quest

KISS 105.3 FM announced at a CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario) birthday party for Shane, an 8-year-old survivor of leukemia, that he has received over 5.6 million cards, an astonishing feat that nevertheless fell short of the 350 million he was seeking. Considering he had only about 125,000 last month, that's still something he can be very proud of! He turned eight years old on May 30/07.
Dave Rave to Release In the Blue of My Dreams CD

Hey, everybody.

I just wanted to remind you to circle your calendar with some of my upcoming shows including the CD Release party at the D Lounge on June 20th. I’m very excited about this show, this being my New York City release party for my new album with Mark McCarron, In the Blue of My Dreams. We will have a full woodwind quartet with cello and string bass all conducted superbly by Mr. Mark McCarron himself and possibly some special surprise vocalists.

And don’t forget this weekend I’m in Chester, CT, with Lauren Agnelli and other special guests. More details are below:



4 Liberty Street Chester, CT 06412

6-9 p.m.

Dave Rave & Lauren Agnelli with Ira Sakolsky, Dave Brush, and Rodney Maxwell, Clan Rutherglen, Paul Neri, Lisa Rich & Friends, Eric & Sandra Lauren Lichter

June 20

CD Release of Dave Rave and Mark McCarron's brand new effort, In The Blue Of My Dreams

D Lounge

Doors at 7 pm

Show at 7:30

101 East 15th Street, Basement Level
New York, NY 10003 (p)212-375-1110

Check out my site for more shows that I’m playing at

Hope to see you soon. It’s gonna be a fun summer.

The Jukes - Upcoming Dates

News for JUNE 2007

Good Day! We are in Toronto on Fri. June 8th @ Axis Gallery & Grill, if you are in the area drop by and join us! Axis Gallery & Grill 3048 Dundas Street. West Toronto, ON (416) 604-3333 NEW Live recording...

Listen to our live performance @ Timothy's on April 15th of this year, we have 4 songs recorded 'Live' in our alias myspace account. Performance included a selection of R&B, Funk, Rock, and Blues covers. When you get a chance, drop by and say 'Hi' at our first account @ Thank you for your support!

Jun 08,2007
Axis Gallery & Grill3048 Dundas Street. WestToronto, ON (416) 604-3333

Jun 15,2007
Happy Hog Roadhouse2 Mill Street EastTottenham, ON 905-936-6086
First time appearance

Jun 16,2007
The Fox and Fiddle1300 King St. EOshawa, ON 905 438 9333

Jun 23,2007
Mad Dogs and Englishmen Pub2157 Royal Windsor Dr.Mississauga, ON (905) 855-0217
First appearance in 2007

Jul 07,2007
Harwood Blues7 Harwood AvenueAjax, ON (905) 427-2143

Jul 13,2007
The Ganaraska Hotel - "The Ganny"30 Ontario StPort Hope, ON 905-885-5571

Jul 14,2007
The Ganaraska Hotel - "The Ganny"30 Ontario StPort Hope, ON 905-885-5571
Matinee, 2:00-5:00pm

Jul 14,2007
The Ganaraska Hotel - "The Ganny"30 Ontario StPort Hope, ON 905-885-5571

Sep 21,2007
Wally's Tavern107 Wyndham Street NorthGuelph, ON 519 827-1486
Back for the new school year

Sep 29,2007
Jack's Filling Station948 Simcoe NorthOshawa, ON (905) 723-4047
Mark Sepic - Upcoming Appearances

hi folks

here's what's up this season, starting with the slippery boot pub's ever popular open mike tomorrow night (Thursday, June 7). it goes from 9pm-1am and is open to all musicians.

excuse the re-use of an old message - but it's very apropo here:

a great way to get your yaya's out at the beginning of the week - express yourself - do your thing, be it

stevie wonder, kerouac
martha graham - arching back
way beyond the blue horize
of the starship enterprise

ah - swilling suds in swell salloons
or juggling or playing spoons
with peter sellers and the goons
so many wonderful baffoons

to brighten up a thursday night
and give 'toronto life' a fright
or-if they're good-a righteous wedgie
come out and ride the cutting!

Thursday, June 7th, hosting the open mike at Slippery Boot Pub 1552 Avenue Road, North York - (416) 783-9992

Friday, June 8th, 10-11am, private event, Oakville, ON.

Friday, June 8th, 1-1:30pm, Trio with Steve Tattersall, drums and Colin Campbell, bass, in a benefit for the Herbie Fund on the front lawn of the Hospital for Sick Children which is located at 555 University Ave.

Saturday, June 9th, 1:30-2pm, interactive family percussion at 245 Queen's Quay West, with Peter Jarvis and the Subtonic Monks

Saturday, June 9th, 6-10pm, with Carlos Del Junco, harmonica/vocals at Tara 128 Dunlop Street East, Barrie, ON 705-737-1821
Sunday, June 10th, 1:30-2pm, interactive family percussion at 245 Queen's Quay West, with Peter Jarvis and the Subtonic Monks

Friday, June 15th, 8pm to 10pm, duo with Espinola Slim, harmonica, at Ground Swell, in alliston, ON
96 Victoria Street West Unit 6 Alliston, ON. 705-435-4120

Saturday, June 16th, 10-11am, private event, Mississauga, ON.

Saturday, June 16th, 6-10pm, with Carlos Del Junco, harmonica/vocals. Jumpin Jax Downtown 17 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON Phone: 705-730-6759

Sunday, June 17th, 10-11am, private event, Toronto, ON

Wednesday, June 20th, 10-11am, private event, Pickering, ON.

Friday, June 22, 6-9pm, Trio with Steve Tattersall, drums and John Yelland, bass, at the danforth/logan stage for the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival

Saturday, June 23rd, 2-6pm, private event, Uxbridge, ON.
June 24th, 5-9pm, solo, at The Ancaster Old Mill Inn – 548 Old Dundas Road Ancaster, Ontario – 905.648.1827
Saturday, July 7th, 3-6pm, private event, Toronto, ON.
Saturday, July 7th, 9pm-1am, solo, The Emerald Inn - 3073 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke - (416) 236-4586
Sunday, July 8th, solo, 6:30-10:30pm, The Waring House. located at the junction of Hwy 33 and County Rd. 1 in Picton. For Reservations call : 613-476-7492 or 1-800-621-4956

Friday, July 13th, 8-11pm, with Phil Kane, guitar/vocals, The Moonshine Cafe
137 Kerr St. Oakville, ON 905-844-2655

Saturday, July 21st, 5-8pm, private event, King City, ON.

July 22nd, 5-9pm, solo, at The Ancaster Old Mill Inn – 548 Old Dundas Road Ancaster, Ontario – 905.648.1827

Friday, August 3rd, 10pm-12am, with Lesley Young & Band at Mitzi’s Sister, Toronto, ON1554 Queen Street West (416) 532-2570

Friday and Saturday, August 10th and 11th, 8-11pm, solo, The Crow’s Nest, Tobermory ON (519) 596 2575

Wednesday, August 15th, 7-11pm, with Espinola Slim, vocals/harmonica, The Oasis Bar & Grill 31 King Street East, Cobourg, Ontario (905) 372-6634

Thursday, August 16th, 8-11pm, with Carlos Del Junco, vocals/harmonica, The Crow’s Nest, Tobermory ON (519) 596 2575

August 30th, 8pm, with Carlos Del Junco, harmonica/vocals; Al Cross, drums. Hugh’s Room 2261 DUNDAS ST. WEST, TORONTO ON, (416) 531-6604

Sunday, September 2nd,
3:30-6:30pm, solo, Ten Feet Tall 1381 Danforth Avenue - (416) 778-7333

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

July 20-22/07 - The Winthrop Music Association Presents the 20th Annual

Featuring Eric Burdon & The Animals, Nicole Fournier, Eddie Turner, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Chubby Carrier, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Margaret Wilder, Polly O'Keary, etc.

Festival du Film de Tremblant - June 24-24/07

Festival International du Blues de Tremblant - July 6-15/07

For more information, visit

Monday, June 04, 2007

Thursday Blues Jam, with special guest players - June 2007 - Irene's Pub (Ottawa, ON)

Hello, everybody - 'hope you are all well.

Thank you for your continued support of the Stellar Cast thursday nite blues showcase.

Corky Kealy and I look forward to bringing you fine music week after week.

Take care,

Mike Ktenas
Mojo Guitar Repair


Book Release - Joel Thomas Hynes - Right Away Monday

Right Away Monday - Synopsis
Clayton Reid is stuck in a vicious cycle. He spends just as much time scraping the bottom as he does being high as a kite and can’t seem to find middle ground. A hopelessly self-destructive and at times unforgivably brutal young man, Clayton is a sometimes bartender at the Awl and Hatchet with a bad attitude that elicits love and loathing in equal measure. Over the course of a write-off year, Clayton wrestles with the conflicting desires of wanting to matter to somebody and to care for no one, wanting to prove he’s different from the so-called wasters around him but not enough to say no to a pint. In the filthy bars, cold back alleys and soiled bedrooms of downtown St. John’s that Clayton inhabits, we spend a debauched year with him as he drinks and dreams, fights and fails, screws and screws up. He lives his life as an eternal weekend, sure he can stop any time and accomplish great things. But then Clayton meets Isadora, who stirs something real and achingly human underneath the swagger, sending him on the bender of his life.

Right Away Monday is a stormy novel of unlikely beauty, peopled by unforgettable characters — including one Valentine Reid, Clayton’s burnt-out and battered rocker uncle; the lovely though world-weary Monica; and the shrewd Mike Quinn, slum landlord and owner of the Awl and Hatchet. Unnervingly authentic, these are the constituents of a world grown weary and wasted, with a new generation stumbling blindly behind. But oblivion is only skin deep. Beneath the wreckage of youthful distraction lie the vast and abiding questions that haunt our quietest moments — questions of destiny, fate, mortality and of our connections to one another.
Ushering the chaos and uncertainty of this dark bar-room universe into the bright intensity of Hynes’ unflinching gaze, Right Away Monday will grab you by the throat and not let you go.
News Update from Rob Tognoni

Hi, All!
I hope life is good and everything is going your way! I haven't mailed out for a couple of months, so I thought I might update you somewhat.
The European Tour has slowed down a little now, so I have a chance to relax a bit here in Aachen, Germany, where Leonnie & I have a small's really nice, as it looks directly out into a private garden courtyard with no traffic, just the birds tweetin' away...really lovely.
There are some more photos in the "Photo Gallery" if you wish to check them out, plus in the "Links" section (under "New Artists"), I have a few links to take you to some up and coming young blues Artists. If you live in the US, Oli Brown will be touring soon. I spoke to him via email and he has just turned 18. (He tells me it will be much easier getting gigs into the Pubs from now on. You really must give these guys a listen, as their talent is strong....and they are the future of this genre.
Also, I have been asked to do a BBC Session in London on October 1st... very exciting, but young Oli Brown beat me to it at 17 years of age! It should be a lot of fun, and, as I understand, it is where Led Zeppelin used to record, so...COOOOOL!!
I also now have a way for you to purchase select single 192K MP3 from my'll see it there if you visit.
One last thing, hopefully Kevin Borich will tour Europe in the near future (it's rumoured)! He is one of my alltime favorite guitar players and I used to go and see him play in the '70s when he toured Tasmania and in the early '90s when I lived in Melbourne. Check out this live recording by Kevin Borich at the following link:
That's all for now..Take Care!
Kind Regards,

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Drew Nelson - 30 Odd Years

Another pretty piece of architecture for Toronto

I wonder how many poverty-stricken people in other Canadian cities that money could have gone towards, for a change? (I can't wait to see how much money gets wasted on the proposed human rights museum in Winnipeg.)
Ryan Laird and Friends @ 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN - June 25/07

Friday, June 01, 2007

Dave Rave & A Ravin' Newsletter!

Hey, everybody.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what’s been happening in this past month… and what a month it’s been!

First off, I want to thank everybody who participated in every way, shape and form to my birthday party at the Casbah (in Hamilton) on the 18th of this month. From the wonderful family and friends who played at the party and came by to wish me well and the generous people who contributed to my surprise gift of a guitar, which I look forward to picking up soon, thanks to you all. I’d also like to thank those of you who sent me birthday greetings from abroad - they meant so much. A special thanks to Lisa Millar and Rick Andrew for organizing the party and to Brodie for donating the club. A great night!

Two days after the party, I took off for Liverpool, UK, along with Rick Andrew, Dave King and Mark Foley, where we played three shows, including 2 amazing shows at the Cavern Club and 1 at Lennon’s. At the first show at the Cavern it was the AC-Milan Cup match and the audience, all revved up for a great cup final, joined the band in a rousing Buddy Holly medley. At that show it was also nice to see fellow Bongobeat artist, Linda McLean, who was on tour with Nick Harper.

The second show we closed the night at the Cavern Club. Highlights of the night included an energetic show by Ari Shine and the Plastic Heroes, along with an amazing reunion of the Diodes, all of whom joined us for a rousing version of “Let’s Shake”, featuring Bongobeat ringleader Ralph Alfonso. Also joining us onstage was Bullseye’s Lisa Millar.

The third show was an afternoon show at Lennon’s - a couple of doors down from the Cavern. At this show Dave King’s friends from the Pete Best band joined us for the encore where Paul, Pete’s bass player, blew us away with an amazing version of Long Tall Sally, and then we took it home with Rick, Paul and I singing the joyous Beatles song, ‘One After 909’.

To cap a wonderful afternoon, we all joined the Diodes onstage for their hit, “I’m Tired Of Waking Up Tired.” Bullseye President Jaimie Vernon was also in the audience filming us for posterity.

Ralph and I were also interviewed that day for BBC-Merseyside by celebrated DJ and legendary British Invasion historian, Spencer Leigh.

On the final day of our trip Dave King and I went to a local Parbold pub and appeared as special guests of Brian Gold - a fine singer from Liverpool. Brian had also joined us onstage at the Cavern for a couple of songs on the second day. This was a very special show because it was the end of the trip and the people from Parbold gave us such a warm reception. What a way to say good-bye. A special thanks to UK friends Brian and Gail Shackley for acting as chauffeurs, hosts and navigators.

I’ve got a new album coming out with Mark McCarron on Bongobeat and lots of shows to look forward to this summer. I’ll keep you posted but in the meantime, check out my website, as it's being updated daily.

In the meantime, here are two of my shows coming up in the next couple of weeks:

Dave Rave with Bill Culp

June 1 - Lightnin’ Jack’s - 230 Main St. - Port Dover, ON. Show starts at 9 pm, 519-583-9719

Dave Rave with Lauren Agnelli & Friends

June 9 - Chester Meeting House - 4 Liberty St. - Chester, CT. Show from 6-9pm

Thanks again for an amazing month, everyone.