Saturday, September 29, 2007

CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS & FESTIVAL (LONDON, ON) - OCT. 9-13/07


Make plans now to attend the 8th annual CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS & FESTIVAL in London, ON, from October 9 - 13, 2007!
Five nights of hilarious entertainment including sketch, improv and stand-up comedy.
Highlights:
Tuesday - Funniest Person in London show
Wednesday - Steve Patterson's one man show, 'Friendlier Fire'
Thursday - Best of the Fest with top men & women stand-up comics; Tom Foolery/The Gay Show with Trevor Boris; sketch & improv shows
Friday - Music & Mayhem night with Arrogant Worms, Doo Wopps, Winston Spear, Black Roses
Saturday afternoon - CBC's The Debaters & the Last Laugh Gala at 8 pm with Royal Canadian Air Farce, Gerry Dee, Rick Miller and special guest from LA Jeremy Hotz (see him in action on YouTube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ePazKStdNPw)
Tickets at Grand Theatre box-office - 519.672.8800 or grandtheatre.com
For groups or more info, contact Bayley Group at 519.263.5050.
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MARK SEPIC - UPCOMING GIGS - SEPT. 29 - OCT. 4/07

hi folks

hear's what's up:

tonight, sept 29, 8-11pm, solo,
The Liberty Cafe. 25 Liberty St. south east of Dufferin and King 416 533 8828

sunday, sept 30th, 5-9pm, solo, The Ancaster Old Mill Inn – 548 Old Dundas Road, Ancaster, Ontario – 905.648.1827

thursday, oct 4th, 8:30 p.m., my friend, Dundsan Morey, plays (great) solo guitar; 2nd set, 9:30ish, I join him with the lovely,talented and delightfully eccentric Noah Zacharin. Now Lounge - 189 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario

www.marksepic.com

Friday, September 28, 2007

DAYTIME BLUES - NRS @ GRAPE & WINE FESTIVAL (ST. KITTS, ON) - SEPT. 30

Hi!

For all our friends that say they're in bed on Saturday nights by 10 p.m., now's your chance to catch the band during the day and in a wonderful setting. No excuses this time! Great vibes, great wines and great food. What more could you ask for?

On Sunday...

What: The Niagara Rhythm Section (Goldberger, Grisbrook, Norris, MacKay & Keldie)

Where: Niagara Grape & Wine Festival
Montebello Park, St. Catharines
www.niagarawinefestival.com

When: Sunday September 30th - 3 pm - Free!

And on Saturday...

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

This week's featured guest: SAT. SEPT. 29 - JOHN DICKIE

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

This Sat., Sept. 29, we welcome back John Dickie (of The Mississippi Hippies). He's a very interesting and unique singer. He also plays a million instruments and we never know what he's going to bring. 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.'

Instruments: played - 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 'Hound Dog' Lorenz broadcasting his R 'n' B show live from the Bon Ton in Buffalo, all those fuzzy years ago.

Coming this fall:

"Live @ the Ank" - a live CD compilation recording of the NRS and our various guests over the last 3 years.

Other upcoming dates of note:

Friday, Oct 19th - NRS with Cleveland Fats @ the Canal Bank Shuffle, Thorold

Plus more musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St., 905-468-2141:

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

Oct 6 - Johnny Max (rootsy blues and a very funny man)
Oct 13 - Martin Alex Aucoin, Paul Martin & Dave Leprich
Oct 20 - Guitars that ate yo' momma w/Neil Chapman (amazing rockin' guitarist/ personality)
Oct 27 - Ed Kopala (more "Guitars that ate yo' momma")
Nov 3 - Mark Rutherford (delightful keyboard player)
Nov 10 - Maria Aurigema (Female Guitars that ate yo' momma)
Nov 17 - Mark Lalama
Nov 24 - Gayle Ackroyd & Ed Kopala
Dec 1 - Bruce Longman (Momma eatin' guitars and great tunes)
Dec 29 - John Mays
Dec 31 - 2nd annual New Years Eve extravaganza
Jan 5 - Chuck Jackson

Load up your ipod with our music at: www.stevegoldberger.com/downloads.html
ARLO GUTHRIE @ MASSEY HALL (TORONTO) - OCT. 27/07

“Sometimes you just want to do things yourself.” – Arlo Guthrie

ARLO GUTHRIE

Solo Reunion Tour – Together at Last

Saturday, October 27, 2007, at 8:00 pm
Massey Hall, Toronto

Tickets $69.50 - $39.50
Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON (September 28/07)

Legendary '60s icon Arlo Guthrie, who galvanized a whole generation’s counter-culture activism and social consciousness with his epic anti-war song, “Alice’s Restaurant”, performs a rare solo concert on Saturday, October 27, 2007, 8:00 pm., at Massey Hall in Toronto.

For well over four decades, the veteran folksinger/composer has toured the world, gathering a wide following for his distinctive and endearing style of singing and storytelling. Arlo says, “It’s coming up to 50 years of life on the road and I’d love to have a chance to do it like I did with nothing but a couple of guitars and a harmonica.” His current solo tour takes him to 84 cities across the United States and Canada.

In 1961, a young Arlo Guthrie took to the stage for the first time … solo. During the summer of 1965 he performed in England, Scotland and Denmark, showing up at clubs or singing on street corners … alone! In November that same year he began work on what would become his signature work, Alice’s Restaurant. For the next two years, he continued to tour as a solo artist as far away as Japan. In 1967, Alice’s Restaurant was released and was an immediate hit.

In 1969, Arlo Guthrie appeared at the Woodstock Music Festival, starred in the motion picture, Alice’s Restaurant, married Jackie Hyde (Miss Malibu), and bought an old farm in Massachusetts. Since then, he has rarely toured alone; one exception was in 1993, when longing for the good old days, he took his pick-up truck on a one-man tour for a few weeks.

In 1983, alongside his thriving performance career, Arlo launched his own record label, Rising Son Records, which holds his complete catalogue. His latest album, In Times Like These (2007), is a dynamic work in which he collaborates with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Of his double CD Live in Sydney (2005), it was said: “The real treasure is Guthrie himself…while staking out his own idiosyncratic territory, he both preserves and furthers the folk tradition.” – Acoustic Guitar

Arlo’s diverse artistic endeavors have included acting roles on the ABC series, Byrds of Paradise, and the USA Network series, Renegade. He has written and published a popular newsletter, “The Rolling Blunder Review”, and is the author of an award-winning children's book, Mooses Come Walking. He is actively working on two screenplays, one based on his father’s book, Seeds of Man. In 2002, he bought “The Church” (immortalized in “Alice’s Restaurant”), which houses The Guthrie Center, a not-for-profit interfaith church foundation, and The Guthrie Foundation, an educational foundation dedicated to providing a wide range of local and international services. Programs include everything from an HD Walk-A-Thon to raise awareness and money for a cure for Huntington's Disease (the disease that killed his father, folksinger Woody Guthrie), to baking cookies with a local service organization.

For the past year, Arlo has toured with his children because the spirit of the Guthrie Family has been handed down from generation to generation and “it was just plain fun”. The First Family of Folk has a legacy: “It's in the songs, the humour, and the commitment to keep making the world a little better for everyone”, says Arlo.

"Guthrie is philosophical in a naturally funny and folksy way and, as with great storytellers such as Will Rogers and even his own father, he always manages to pluck a gem from a lot of dirt." - The Los Angeles Times

For more information, visit www.arlo.net.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Liz Parker, Publicity Manager

Ph: 416 593 4822, Ext. 318

email: liz.parker@rth-mh.com

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OSCAR JORDAN & THE MIGHTY HERCULES
- I AM THE BLUES LEAD GUITARIST






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PAUL GREEN & STRAIGHT SHOT @ ROCKO'S (EVERETT, WA) - SEPT. 28

Straight Shot will be appearing at Rocko’s in Everett, WA, tonight, 9/28, and at the Upstage in Port Townsend tomorrow night, 9/29. The Upstage is a beautiful club in the heart of Port Townsend with great food and a nice atmosphere. Dance the night away, starting at 7:30 pm., with some rocking blues, R&B and funk.

Details at: paulgreenblues.com
CROSSROADS BAND @ THE BLARNEY STONE (SEATTLE, WA) - SEPT. 29

On Saturday, Sept.29, the Crossroads Band will swing on down to The Blarney Stone at 1909 3rd Ave in downtown Seattle, 206-842-5800. I've heard from a reliable source that the food is tasty, the ales are top-notch and the Irish whiskey list is quite extensive. Please come and join us and help us break in a brand new venue for the band. We always have a good time when we're playin' music. 9 pm to 1 am.

Don't forget about The Seattle Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Mainstage in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle on Oct. 5th and 6th. Featuring Josephine Howell, Paul Richardson, The Red Hotz, the John Stephan Band and Crossroads. Go to www.crossroadsblues.net for a link about the show and information for buying advance tickets. This show should be a mighty good time. See ya at the nightclub!

John Lee

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

SHAWN BRUSH's 38th BIRTHDAY BASH!!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

7 PM - MIDNIGHT

KING'S COURT

between Plains Road & North Service Rd

1159 King Road

Burlington, Ontario

905-319-1532

$10 COVER AT THE DOOR


SHAWN WILL DO A FEATURE SET AT 9:30 PM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS.

OPEN ACOUSTIC JAM
(ALL LEVELS WELCOME)
BRING YOUR GUITAR-BANJO-MANDOLIN
HARMONICA-BASS-FIDDLE
(NO ACCORDIONS!!!!)


PLEASE R.S.V.P. ASAP - NEED TO KNOW FOR FOOD !!!

shawnbrush@sympatico.ca

www.shawnbrush.com

SINGING/SONGWRITING WITH LYNN MILES

The Compete Singer/Songwriter Package with Lynn Miles.

Classes will take place one hour a week for four weeks and will consist of no more than five people. We will focus on all aspects of what it takes to be a singer/songwriter: Song Structure, Melody, Style, Rhythm, Intention, Delivery and Presentation, Voice Instruction, Instrumentation, Performance Skills and more.

4 weeks – Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30 – from 5:30-6:30 pm or 6:30-7:30 pm

Fee: $100 for Ottawa Folklore Centre members; $120 for non-members

Lynn Miles is a True North Records recording artist who has written over 500 hundred songs. She tours throughout North America and Europe. Lynn won a Juno Award in 2002 for her CD, Unravel, was nominated again for a Juno in 2003, and won two Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2005 for "Best Singer" and "Best Songwriter". Lynn was a staff songwriter for Los Angeles- and Nashville-based Criterion Music Corporation for seven years. She has taught many classes at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, and, long ago, Alanis Morrissette was one of her voice students. Lynn is working on a new CD to be released in Spring 2008.

Ottawa Folklore Centre
1111 Bank Street
613-730-2887
www.ottawafolklore.com

[Message forwarded by Erin Flynn, Station Manager, CHUO 89.1 FM]

Monday, September 24, 2007

FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS DRUMMER JIMI BOTT - BOTT & PAID FOR


GALA FOR SALVATION ARMY'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY - OCT. 12 (HAMILTON)


Friday, October 12, 2007
LIUNA Station
360 James St. North
Hamilton, ON
Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Black tie preferred.

Master of Ceremonies: Connie Smith, CH TV
Tickets are $125 each or tables of eight for $1000.
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HAMILTON'S TEENAGE HEAD @ BARRYMORE'S (OTTAWA) - SAT., SEPT. 29


(Original line-up: Steve Marshall, Frankie Venom, Gordie Lewis, Mark Lockerbie)

Teenage Head (with Dave Rave - rear middle)

NB: The current line-up includes Jack Pedler on drums.
LINK TO BOB ACTON'S PHOTOS OF IRENE'S STELLAR BLUES SHOWCASES
Bob Acton, of Pathwords Audio Publications, has taken some excellent photos of the Stellar Blues Showcases at Irene's Pub in Ottawa, ON. To take a look at the pics and find out more about Pathwords Audio, visit the links below:
BECKI SUE & HER BIG ROCKIN' DADDIES! NOMINATED FOR MUDDY AWARD

WOW... What an honor!

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies!, a li'l old blues band from Olympia, WA, is nominated for a 2007 Muddy Award in the "Regional Blues Act" category by Oregon's Cascade Blues Association.

The Portland, Oregon area blues scene is one of the very best in the nation. Thank you!

Here is the complete nominee list....

Contemporary Blues Act:

The Insomniacs
Rose City Kings
The Strange Tones

R&B Act:

Linda Hornbuckle Band
Lloyd Jones
Struggle
Norman Sylvester Band

Traditional Blues Act:

Bill Rhoades & The Party Kings
The Insomniacs
Kinzel & Hyde

New Act:

Franco Paletta & The Stingers
Gunnar Roads Band
Joe McMurrian Quartet
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes

Regional Blues Act:

Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin’ Daddies!
Randy Oxford Band
Too Slim & The Taildraggers

Female Vocalist:

Duffy Bishop
Linda Hornbuckle
Rae Gordon

Male Vocalist:

Ben Rice
Curtis Salgado
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner
Vyasa Dodson

Electric Guitarist:

Kevin Selfe
Peter Dammann
Phil “Suburban Slim” Wagner

Acoustic Guitar:

Alan Hager
Joe McMurrian
Stu Kinzel
Terry Robb

Bass:

Dave Kahl
Dean Mueller
Jim Miller
Lisa Mann

Drums:

Dave Melyan
Jeff Strawbridge
Jimi Bott

Harmonica:

Bill Rhoades
Curtis Salgado
Jim Wallace

Keyboards:

DK Stewart
Dover Weinberg
Mac Potts

Horns:

Peter Moss
Randy Oxford
Reggie Houston

Venue:

Cascade Bar & Grill
Duff’s Garage
Trail’s End Saloon

NW Recording:

Jimi Bott - "Bott & Paid For!"
The Insomniacs - "Left Coast Blues"
Paul deLay Band - "The Last of the Best"

National Recording:

Frank “Paris Slim” Goldwasser - "Bluju"
John Nemeth - "Magic Touch"
Tab Benoit - "Power of the Ponchartrain"

Performance of the Year:

Derek Trucks - Oregon Zoo
DME Sail On Sister - Between Friends Cruise
Mavis Staples - at the Waterfront
Paul deLay - Memorial at the Waterfront
Randy Oxford - Blues By The Sea

NW Event:

Blues By The Sea
Remember Me: The Paul deLay Memorial
Waterfront Blues Festival

Lifetime Achievement:

Bill Rhoades
Lloyd Jones
Mel Solomon
Sonny Hess

Final Ballots will be mailed out next week. The Muddy Awards will take place on Thursday, November 1st, at The Melody Ballroom (615 SE Alder St., Portland). Starts at 6:30 pm, free and open to the public of all ages. Guest emcee: Tom D'Antoni, formerly on Oregon Art Beat on OPB, blogger and musical sets by Franco Paletta and the Stingers and a Muddy All Star Jam led by Jimi Bott following the ceremonies.

www.bigrockindaddies.com

Sunday, September 23, 2007

GOOD2GO @ THE DOMINION TAVERN (OTTAWA, ON) - SEPT. 22/07
CD RELEASE PARTY FOR BRAND NEW ACCESSORIZE CD






THE FUNKTION @ TUCSON'S (OTTAWA, ON) - SEPT. 22/07








JEROME GODBOO - HUMDINGER
(CD Review by D. M. Wells - copyright 2007)

Jerome Godboo’s previous releases (Déjà Vu, Live in Tel Aviv 2002, Pain and Glory) have addressed details of his personal relationships in an honest, if negative manner, but Humdinger centers itself on the roundly positive influences now shaping his life.

The fun begins with a whimsical entry entitled, “Beans”, which is introduced by the lyrics, “‘Zydeco’ means ‘haricot’ and ‘haricot’ means ‘beans’, so pass the salt, you gorgeous Cajun queen”. While the music sounds more like swing-jazz than Zydeco, it was inspired by Jane Hayes’ Bean Keepers, a children’s story about growing rare beans.

Never one to focus on blowing his own horn (so to speak), he includes in his liner notes “The Family Side Show”, which gives us personal glimpses into their world of gardening and holistic nutrition as they relate to the sustainability of a healthy life. Another side project, “Cirque D’irt”, naturally incorporates a musical component to its purpose of “dancing through paradise and living on the circus edge”.

“Xmas Storm” details a drive through hazardous road conditions on a trip to visit his daughter, Jessie, now residing in the Greater Ottawa area, while the title track is a lively boogie-shuffle homage, ostensibly to Jane.

“Eye on You”, previously recorded on Live in Tel Aviv 2002 and a favourite in his live performances, is a sassy strutter that is bass and guitar-driven offset with Jerome’s trademark vocal calisthenics. Long-time collaborator Alec Fraser expertly provides his signature bass and production prowess on the CD, while Shawn Kellerman forges an equally strong alliance fingering the treble clef. Renowned drummer Al Cross is always right on the mark, displaying the all-important enthusiasm without being overbearing.

Upping the tempo even more is “Janey Jane”, a raucous blend of Zydeco and rockabilly, with Jerome’s harmonica aptly replacing the typical accordion.

“Wounded Healer” is a slow blues about needing protection and fearing abandonment, showcasing Kellerman’s dynamic talent, alternately tender and then downright blistering.

“Dogman” follows that intense musical reverie with a fast-paced, raunchy cow-punk rocker featuring scorching slide guitar and James Cotton-like harmonica trade-offs that are further enhanced on “Mother”, appearing later in the CD. I’m not sure if the lyrics are about taking risks, but that’s how I interpret “Jerome, you’re too young to die; you can’t even afford your funeral; think about your wife and child; think about me, you silly fool”. This is my favourite fast track, hands down.

The musical rollercoaster takes an enjoyable dip with “Stinky Gardener”, a mid-tempo shufflin’ sway about an unappreciative boss taking the glory for his worker’s hard labour.

“Don’t Cry, Baby” is a relaxed rumba shuffle with lyrical pleading for reconciliation.
“Mother” is a crawl-paced, harmonica-weeping, guitar-wailing conversation about death. At first, I thought he was referring to a near-fatal maternal relationship of a more personal kind. I then realized the cancer-stricken mother was more likely mother earth, and the issue being the gradual but inevitable destruction of her “womb” (i.e. our planet). Hopefully it’s not a combination of the two scenarios. Although it’s almost seven minutes in length, it’s beautifully performed and a thought-provoking, if vaguely depressing musical opus.

“Rock to Build a House On” is classic Godboo, both musically and vocally – a rollickin’ shuffle about maintaining a strong foundation for harmonious family life. Other than at the coda, Jerome graciously steps back to allow his sidemen to shine.

“Deep Sea Diver” (mystic rider) is a memorable closer – a laid-back tempo with a funky bass-driven groove with cascading blues-rock guitar riffs and harmonica that create an unusual musical version of an animated fantasy-adventure film short.

I admit I didn’t hear anything wildly different on Humdinger, historically speaking, but that’s not to say this release is without passion. Jerome is well-known and respected for his flamboyant vocal and musical style, and his sidemen are always impeccable. I would even suggest this recording is the one he is most comfortable with to date, as it seems to reflect a meaningful purpose in his chosen career and personal life. For something that is completely different, check out the Brokenjoe trio project, Long Walk to Nowhere, which is comprised of Joe Toole, Jerome Godboo and Alec Fraser.

GREG QUILL & SHAWN BRUSH @ MOONSHINE CAFE (OAKVILLE) - SEPT. 29

Thursday, September 20, 2007

SHEENA-METAL - QUEEN OF YOUR NIGHTTIME WORLD


MARTY MURRAY TO OPEN FOR JAMIE OAKES AND DAVID USHER - SEPT. 27

Howdy, All.

Just to let you know I have been given a spot opening up for Jamie Oakes and David Usher next Thursday evening at the Grape & Wine Festival in Montebello Park, St. Catharines, ON. My slot is from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. That's Thursday, September 27th. Depending on how long my set is, I'll likely play a mixture of original songs and covers.



DAVID USHER

JAMIE OAKES

MARTY MURRAY

www.myspace.com/martymurraysingersongwriter
http://www.jamieoakes.com/
http://www.davidusher.com/

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SAYS REDHEADS ARE A VISIBLE MINORITY



ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN SEPT. 2007 ISSUE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
(CLICK ON THE GRAPHIC TO READ THE TEXT)
NICK MARCHIONE RETURNS TO THE CASBAH (IN HAMILTON, ON) - SEPT. 27
Greetings, all.
I’m pleased to announce the return of NYC trumpeter Nick Marchione to the Casbah in Hamilton, ON. If you were there last time, you’ll remember what an amazing night it was. With Nick and his incredible rhythm section, this is a night not to be missed - hope to see you there!
The band is:
Nick Marchione - trumpet
Darcy Hepner - saxophone
Geoff Young - guitar
Pat Collins - bass
Joel Haynes – drums
Thursday, September 27
2 sets - 8:30 and 10 pm
$10 at the door
The Casbah
306 King St West
Hamilton, ON
Nicholas Marchione Biography
At age 26, trumpet player Nick Marchione is an active freelancer in New York City and holds down some of the most coveted chairs in his profession, including lead trumpet in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and The Producers on Broadway.
Born into a musical family in Philadelphia, Nick started his trumpet studies at age eight with his father, Tony Marchione, a renowned teacher whose pupils included Randy Brecker and Lee Morgan. He subsequently studied with Vince Penzarella at the Mannes College of Music before becoming a member of Blood, Sweat and Tears in 2001, a position he held until 2006.
Nick has played and recorded with such legends as Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Bob Brookmeyer, Natalie Cole, and James Moody, to name a few.
Most recently Nick played lead alongside Snooky Young in the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at Washington D.C’s Kennedy Center and performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (VJO) at the Bermuda Jazz Festival. The VJO, whose latest CD, Up from the Skies: Music of Jim McNeely, was nominated for two Grammys, toured Europe and Scandinavia this past summer.
An avid educator, Nick has given masterclasses throughout the United States and Canada. He was a featured guest clinician for the Orquestra Jazz Matosinhos in Portugal twice this past year. Nick is also frequently requested to play movie soundtracks and jingles. He can be heard playing lead trumpet in the movie soundtrack of The Producers, several commercials for Coke and Pepsi, and the upcoming Disney production of The Little Mermaid, which opens on Broadway in October.
www.nickmarchione.com (under construction)
THE LEBLANC NEWSLETTER - ISSUE #3 (SEPT. 17, 2007)

In this issue:

  • Grimskunk & George Canyon Rock The Free World.
  • Paul Anka--#2 Written All Over Him.
  • “Sweet Little Sixteen"--Ottawa’s top song ever?

MIKE ROTH REVISITS NEIL

Four decades following his departure from Canada, Neil Young’s ties to his homeland remain quite visible. Borrowed Tunes Two, a two-CD musical tribute to Young, produced by Mike Roth of Big Bold Sun Music, is being released Oct. 16, the same day Young releases Chrome Dreams II, followed by an 8-week North American tour that sees him returning to Massey Hall in Toronto on Nov. 26-27.

Distributed by Universal Music in Canada, Borrowed Tunes Two features Canadian artists performing their favourite Neil Young song. Selected tracks will be featured on Sirius Canada’s Iceberg channel 95.

The first Borrowed Tunes was a two-CD, 36-track album in 1994, co-produced by Roth and Gary Furniss. It raised over $200,000 for charity and included such Canadian acts as Jann Arden, the Waltons, Colin Linden, Crash Vegas, Junkhouse, Randy Bachman, and Art Bergman.

Borrowed Tunes Two, like its predecessor, graphically shows that, as well as being a great singer and guitarist, Young is also one of rock’s most important composers. He's written a phenomenal number of perfect songs and even his lesser songs have an unmistakably magical quality. While the album captures the plaintiveness and haunting emotionality of Young’s music, it also stands on it own: an obvious perspective of his music from a new generation of original Canadian acts (see track listing below).

Says Roth, the former head of A& R for Sony Music Canada, “When I was in grade 8 my mother (who was a teacher at Lawrence Park Collegiate) brought home an LP of a student who had attended Lawrence Park very briefly before leaving to make a career in music. She seemed to think he was a genius. I gave it a quick listen and told her I didn't like his voice and went back to my Beatles’ records. One day I picked it up again and I haven't stopped listening since. To say it changed my life would be an understatement. The LP was After the Goldrush by Neil Young. Making Borrowed Tunes in 1994 and now Making Borrowed Tunes Two have been great experiences for me. Seeing how Neil's music has touched so many great Canadian artists has been astonishing. As well, his songs have stood the test of time and have become part of the Canadian landscape.”

Profits of Borrowed Tunes Two are being donated to the Bridge School, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and the Safehaven Project for Community Living in Toronto.

Soon after his birth in November 1978, Neil and Pegi Young's son, Ben, was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy. For the couple, it was an appalling coincidence; Neil's oldest song, Zeke, from an earlier relationship, had been born with a mild form of cerebral palsy. The Bridge School was founded in 1986 by Pegi, and Jim Forderer, another parent of a child with severe speech and physical impairments, and Dr. Marilyn Buzolich.

The Safehaven Project for Community Living provides respite and day programs for Ontario children and young adults facing severe physical, mental and health challenges. The parent-run charitable organization operates four residential homes and one respite care home.

Borrowed Tunes II--Out of the Blue - Songlist

1. Borrowed Tune--54-40
2. Mr. Soul--Jets Overhead
3. Ohio--Dala
4.Wonderin--Barenaked Ladies
5. Cowgirl in the Sand--City and Colour
6. Sugar Mountain--Pat Robitaille & Harpoondodger
7. Don’t Cry No Tears--Great Lake Swimmers
8. After the Goldrush--Danny Michel
9. Walk On--Finger Eleven
10. Alabama--Andre
11. Old Man--Tom Cochrane
12. Expecting To Fly--Tom Wilson
13. A Man Needs a Maid--Chantal Kreviazuk
14. Don’t be Denied--Alana Levandoski
15. Philadelphia--Ron Sexsmith
16. A Dream That Can Last--Dave Gunning
17. Cinnamon Girl--Melissa McClelland
18. Bandit--Liam Titcomb
19. Helpless--Kyle Riabko

Borrowed Tunes II--Into the Black

1. Change Your Mind--Neverending White Lights
2. Don’t Let it Bring you Down--Raine Maida
3. Harvest--Jeremy Fisher
4. Come On, Baby, Let’s Go Downtown--The Trews
5. Needle and the Damage Done--Jorane
6. Rockin’ in the Free World--Grimskunk
7. Sample and Hold--Matt Mays
8. Sleeps with Angels--Astrid Young
9. A Man Needs a Maid--Attack in Black
10. Unknown Legend--Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
11. Pocahontas--Adrienne Pierce
12. When God Made Me--Joel Kroeker
13. Thrasher—The Saint Alvia Cartel
14. Bad Fog of Loneliness……Justin Nozuka
15. Words--Cuff the Duke
16. Natural Beauty--Tara MacLean
17. Harvest Moon--George Canyon
18. Long May You Run--Chris Seldon

PAUL ANKA--#2 WRITTEN ALL OVER HIM

Paul Anka's latest album, Classic Songs: My Way, on Decca Records, debuted at #2 on the Canadian album chart according to AC Nielsen Soundscan data. It wasn't enough to beat out the High School Musical 2 soundtrack which, with a mere 31 more copies sold, remains at #1 for a fourth consecutive week.

Anka’s five-decade career is a remarkable story in which he transformed himself from being a '50s teen idol into a superb vocal musician recognized around the world, and one of most successful pop songwriters in history.

Anka has recorded 126 albums to date and sold close to 15 million albums worldwide. Among his Billboard chart statistics are three #1 songs - "Diana"; "Lonely Boy"; and "You're Having My Baby", as well as 22 Top 20 hits. Anka has a staggering 900 original songs to his credit--130 recorded by other artists including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Robbie Williams. He is particularly well-known for penning signature songs for others, notably "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (Buddy Holly), "She's a Lady" (Tom Jones), "Puppy Love" (Donny Osmond) and, of course, "My Way" (Frank Sinatra).

Anka has been the discoverer of artists you wouldn’t expect to be even on his radar. He boosted the careers of Canadians Michael Buble, and David Clayton-Thomas, of course, but he also discovered, and brought to U.S. labels, American singer/songwriters John Prine and Steve Goodman. Anka also discovered Corey Hart at age 16, funding his first singles for United Artists.

In the summer of 1956, when Anka was 14, his parents allowed him to travel by himself to Los Angeles to visit his uncle Maurice. Anka began working at the Civic Playhouse selling candy bars during intermission. Every day he would leaf through the telephone book calling record companies, asking them to listen to a song he had written with his uncle. He was turned down by all of them. One day at Wallach's Music City, at the corner of Sunset and Vine, Anka was listening in the store's booths to “Stranded in the Jungle” by the Cadets. He noticed on the record label that Modern Records had offices in nearby Culver City. The Modern label was formed in 1945 in Los Angeles by Saul and Jules Bihari. The label recorded R&B, country & western, jazz, popular, blues, and gospel. The subsidiary label RPM was formed in 1950 and released blues, jazz, R&B and rock & roll. Modern/RPM was highly successful in the late '40s and early '50s, with such blues performers as B.B. King, Roscoe Gordon, Elmore James, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, and John Lee Hooker, and in the rock & roll field, with the vocal groups the Cadets, Marvin and Johnny, the Jacks, and the Teen Queens, and such singers as Jesse Belvin, Etta James, Richard Berry, and Shirley Gunter.

Anka convinced his uncle to drive him to Modern. The label's A&R head, Ernie Freeman, a veteran of Los Angeles' jazz scene, then listened to his song, "Blau-Wile Deveest Fontaine", inspired by the African village in John Buchan's novel Prestor John (which Anka had studied in high school), and signed Anka as the only white act in the company. "Blau-Wile Deveest Fontaine" was released on RPM in 1956. Uptempo with a slight Middle Eastern feel and arrangement, it was an oddity in contrast to the simple and conservative true love songs of the mid-'50s.

“The back-up singers on the record were the Cadets; I could not believe what was happening to me”, recalls Anka. Despite pioneering R&B disc jockey George "Hound Dog" Lorenz trying to break it in Buffalo, the record stiffed. However, Anka did get to appear nationally on CBC-TV's Pick the Stars and Cross-Canada Hit Parade. The track surfaced in 1959 on the Riveria Records budget album, The Fabulous Paul Anka - Paul Anka and Others.

At 16, Anka went to New York City, carrying with him "Diana," a song written about his crush on an older high school friend. He stayed with the Rover Boys - sleeping in the bathtub of their suite at the President Hotel -and eventually he met with Don Costa, then handling A&R at ABC-Paramount Records.

"A disc jockey in Toronto sent ABC a lead sheet on 'Diana'", recalled Costa in 1975. "There wasn't even a demo with it. I read it over - and it looked interesting. So we sent for a demo. Paul was so crazy that when we sent for the demo he came down from Ottawa. He floated around the city waiting for an appointment, and one day we sat down and played a bunch of his songs.”

Costa was so impressed that he called in other label executives. They all agreed Anka had talent. Within the week, Paul’s father arrived to sign a recording contract on his son's behalf.

ANKA, CHUCK & RAY

As a teenager, whenever a rock and roll show came through Ottawa, Anka was there trying to get backstage to meet his idols. This included a rock n' roll revue at the Ottawa Coliseum in the mid-50s featuring Fats Domino, the Platters, Chuck Berry, and Clyde McPhatter. It was at that show that Berry, after watching an Ottawa fan, was inspired to write "Sweet Little Sixteen.”

In 1962, trying to reach a broader audience, Anka left ABC-Paramount and signed with RCA Victor. In leaving ABC-Paramount, Anka purchased his masters and publishing—an unheard-of feat in those days. It set him back $250, 000.

“That was all I had in the bank”, recalls Anka. “But I felt strong about my future.”

Soon afterwards, ABC-Paramount offered Ray Charles a contract with an increased artist royalty, a producer's royalty, his own label named Tangerine, plus the rights to his recordings that would revert to him when he left the label.

“Ray was a buddy and I told him, 'If you are going to ABC, get your masters'”, recalls Anka. “He took a shot and he got them as well.”

QUICK TAKES

In an evening at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on October 15, entitled, "A Gift of Music: from Tradition to Tomorrow”, several of St. Michael’s Choir Schools’ illustrious graduates will show their dedication to their beloved alma mater. Matt Dusk, John McDermott, Stewart Goodyear, Michael Burgess and Kevin Hearn, with members of the Barenaked Ladies will be joined both by the Canada Pops Orchestra and the 250 voices of the St. Michael’s Choir School choristers.

Montreal-based singer Corneille has signed a U.S. deal with Motown Records, which will release his album, The Birth of Cornelius, in early 2008.

“I never thought that this dream would ever come true”, says Corneille. “This proves that you should always believe in your wildest dreams.”

The documentary film, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, hit theaters in the U.S. this week. With archival footage and personal films made by Seeger and his wife, this authorized biography, directed by Jim Brown, chronicles the life of the legendary artist and political activist who was banned from U.S. television for over 17 years. It includes appearances by Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Maines, Tom Paxton and Peter, Paul and Mary.

OBITS

Singer/drummer Brian Cotterill passed away In Uxbridge, Ontario, on Sept. 9, at age 55, after a battle with cancer. He played with the '70s rock group Abraham’s Children, which had Canadian chart hits with “Gypsy” (reaching #7 on RPM Weekly), “Goodbye Farewell”, “Thank You”, and “Goddess Of Nature.” More recently Cotterill was playing with Trypp, which was set to release its second album, 7 Deadly Sins.

Noted trumpet & master flugelhorn player/composer Bob Day passed away in Calgary, Alberta, on Sept. 9, at age 61. He played with various bands including Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass as well as with Paul Anka and Frank Sinatra Jr. A respected educator, Day spent the past several years teaching at Mount Royal College in Calgary as part of the jazz faculty.

Journalist/broadcaster/historian Larry LeBlanc has been a leading figure in Canadian music for four decades.

To be added to his email list, write him at LJLE@aol.com.

[N.B. Blue Mother Tupelo recorded a rendition of Paul Anka's hit, "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", which was included on the Daltry Calhoun film soundtrack. D.D.]
GINA MILANESE - SHE SHALL REJOICE (2007 RELEASE)



RITA CHIARELLI - PRESS RELEASE (SEPT./07)

Mad Iris Music and By the Bay Productions are pleased to announce:

Uptown Goes Downtown Tonight


Rita Chiarelli (http://www.ritachiarelli.com/) has been called the “Goddess of the Blues” by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers.

Magic happens when roots/blues diva Rita Chiarelli joins forces with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra http://www.tbso.ca/ is the only professional orchestra located between Toronto and Winnipeg and is one of Ontario’s best kept secrets! Together they make beautiful music and they’re going to record it.

Building on a highly successful cabaret show last season featuring Rita Chiarelli with the TBSO, the recording of Uptown Goes Downtown Tonight will include 11 of Chiarelli’s songs. Arranger Joe Phillips has charted Rita’s songs for the symphony and producer Keith Horner will fly up to Thunder Bay from Toronto to oversee the production of the album. Rita’s three-octave voice will be highlighted, but you’ve never heard her with a back-up band like this one!

Following three days of recording at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium (TBCA), Rita Chiarelli and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, at the TBCA. The evening will include the songs from the album and an additional classical repertoire chosen by resident conductor Jason Caslor, who will be wielding the baton throughout this project.

For more information or to arrange a media interview with Rita, contact Liz Harvey-Foulds, By the Bay Productions, 807-886-9910 or lizharvey@tbaytel.net.

Rita’s interview with Jeff Goodes on CBC’s Fresh Air and one of the songs (a version recorded during rehearsal) can be heard on Rita’s website.

Tickets are available for the concert by calling the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium 1-800-684-4444 or visiting their website http://www.tbca.com/. To order an advance copy of the CD, visit Rita’s on-line store or call the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra office at 807-474-2284 .

Uptown Goes Downtown Tonight… Rita Chiarelli with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra - NOVEMBER 14TH, 2007

DON’T MISS IT!

Mad Iris Records –“Mad for Music”


Liz Harvey-Foulds, Box 119, Red Rock, ON P0T 2P0

807. 886-9910

lizharvey@tbaytel.net www.ritachiarelli.com

SACKVILLE (NB) FALL FAIR - SEPTEMBER 22/07 (REMINDER)

Dear Friends,

This is just a quick reminder of the upcoming festivities this weekend, as noted below. The show is free as our way of saying thanks to you for all the support over the years. We hope to see you at the show.

Regards,


The Tantramarsh Blues Society (TBS) Team

Sackville Fall Fair and TBS Present

Cuban born, Toronto-based Carlos del Junco and his band on Saturday, September 22nd, at 9 PM in the Bridge Street Tent, Downtown Sackville, NB.

ADMISSION IS FREE

Also Playing are New Brunswick’s Bluegrass Masters Caledonia Drive (David Lewis, Ron Girouard, Ron Savoie and Calvin DeLeavey) on Saturday, September 22nd, at 7 PM.

ADMISSION IS FREE

FOR DETAILS, PLEASE VISIT http://www.mta.ca\tbs and http://www.sackville.com/community/FallFair
EPILEPSY OTTAWA-CARLETON - PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING - OCT. 1/07
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING


Speaker: Tammy Kuchynski
Program Manager
Vista Centre - Supported Independent Living Program

Topic: “Epilepsy and Acquired Brain Injury”


Date: Monday, October 1, 2007

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Bronson Centre,
211 Bronson Avenue.
Room 212
Ottawa, ON

For more information, contact the Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton office at 594-9255 or send an email to epilepsy@magma.ca.
Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton is a local non-profit organization providing support and information meetings for people with epilepsy, their families, friends and the general public.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ROB TOGNONI - FREE MP3 AND U.K. TOUR DATES

Hi, All.

I hope you are all well & happy! I'm looking forward to getting out on the road again next week!

Here are the UK & European dates at hand:

2007 - SEPTEMBER

01 Sat - Deutschland BRÜHL - Em Höttche

22 Sat België HARELBEKE - Classic Rock & Blues Festival

25 Tue England SOUTHSEA - The Cellars At Eastney

26 Wed England LONDON - The Jolly Farmer (Purley)

27 Thu England NEWCASTLE - The Cluny

28 Fri England OXFORD - Fat Lil's

29 Sat England TOWN BRIDGE, PETERBOROUGH - Blues on the Boat, Charters Real Ale Bar

30 Sun England LONDON - The Real Music Club, The Bull and Butcher

2007 - OCTOBER

01 Mon England LONDON - Recording session for BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones' Show, broadcast times to be announced.

03 Wed England NORTHHAMPTON - The Maltshovel Tavern

04 Thu England HARTLEPOOL - The Studio

05 Fri Scotland ABERDEEN - The Blue Lamp

06 Sat England NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - Wilbarston (Opening for Wishbone Ash)

07 Sun England LEICESTER - The Musician

08 Mon England OXFORD - The Famous Monday Blues Club, The Bullingdon

09 Tue Wales SWANSEA - Tawe Delta Blues Club

12 Fri Deutschland KRONBERG - Recepturkeller

19 Fri Deutschland IDAR OBERSTEIN - Dampfschleife

20 Sat Deutschland RHEDE - New Orleans

24 Wed Polska - TBA

25 Thu Polska TORUN - Pamela

26 Fri Polska TUREK - MDK

27 Sat Polska Ostrów Wlkp - Jimiway Festival

28 Sun Czech UHERSKY BROD - Dom Kultury

2007 - NOVEMBER

10 Sat Nederland HOOGEVEEN - Blues Festival De Tamboer

Of course there could be last minute changes/additions, so please check with the venue or my website for updates.

The free MP3 was recorded "off the mixing desk" at the Caf Conc in France a few years ago, but please, if strong language offends you, don't download it! (the lyrics of the song are what they are)

You can get it here, raw, live & out of tune at www.myspace.com/robtognoni

(Song: "Head Above Water - Live")

Take care!

Kind Regards

Rob

www.robtognoni.com
COMPANY OF WOMEN PRESENTS..."IN CANCERLAND"

Libby Znaimer, TV personality and reporter, will be sharing her story and journey with breast cancer at the Company of Women dinner.

Women's Health Show - October 3/07

5-7 p.m. - dinner

7-9 p.m. - speaker

Held at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road, Oakville, ON

Cost $ 55 + GST, includes three-course dinner.

Sponsored by Soft & Dri.

To register, go to http://www.companyofwomen.ca/ or phone (905) 338 1771.

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CROSSROADS IS ON COMCAST CABLE'S "ON DEMAND"

If you are a Comcast cable subscriber in the Puget Sound area, you can view five tunes from The Crossroads Band's show at this year's "Bite of Seattle". Go to the menu, just select ON DEMAND, then Get Local, Around the Sound, and finally the Roadhouse folder. It's free. Enjoy!

www.crossroadsblues.net
JEFF HEALEY CONTINUES HIS BATTLE AGAINST CANCER GENE

Guitarist, band-leader and musician Jeff Healey, despite his ongoing battle against the cancer gene that stems from retino blastoma - the disease that took his sight in early childhood - is continuing to work on a variety of projects.

Currently in the middle of a course of chemotherapy, he is working on two different recording projects - one a jazz recording for Stony Plain Records, the other a blues CD for Stony Plain and for Ruf Records in Germany. He is also continuing his Monday evening radio show, "My Kinda Jazz", on JazzFM in Toronto.

"I have had to repeat one earlier show, and I'm taping some shows this week, but I'm doing the show live whenever I can, because I much prefer to do it that way," he said.

A handful of concert dates have been postponed, and Healey was sad to miss a Scandinavian tour, which would have lasted too long to allow his ongoing treatments.

"I have great confidence in the doctors who are working with me", Healey says. "I'm doing everything I can to keep busy while my doctors and I fight the good fight. Keeping my various projects on the go is as important to my health as are the treatments."

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For further information, contact:

Richard Flohil
PH: 416 351-1323
CELL: 416 997-4788
E-Mail: rflohil@sympatico.ca

Sunday, September 16, 2007

THE FUNKY SISTAS OF THE FUNKTION (PHOTO BY JAMES NORMINTON)



PHOTOS FROM IRENE'S THURSDAY STELLER BLUES SHOWCASE - SEPT. 13

REEF SPANO

ROB PAPAS

ROB PAPAS & STEVE MARRINER
BAND SHOT
GUITARIST PAT JOHNSON AND DRUMMER DON GIBBONS

www.irenespub.ca

22ND ANNUAL ARKANSAS BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL - OCT. 4-6/07


THANK YOU FROM IRISH2000 PRESIDENT


Dear Festival Supporters -

I want to thank all of you for your tremendous support of Irish 2000. Our Friday night Punk show was a rousing success with a very positive review in the Albany Times Union and huge crowds. We are committed to making this show a new Irish 2000 tradition (with more beer trucks open and less lines!)

On Saturday, you braved the brisk weather to pack the Fairgrounds for another great day of music. Thank You. We could not do this without all of you. Put aside next year's dates -September 19th and 20th.

Slainte


Matt Nelligan
Festival President
www.irish2000fest.com

Friday, September 14, 2007

BLUE ANGEL PRODUCTIONS


SAXOPHONIST ASTRID HEPNER


PHOTOS FROM "BLUES WITH A FEELING 2007" - JUNE 2007 (HAMILTON, ON)

ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO THE LATE RICHARD NEWELL (a.k.a. KING BISCUIT BOY)

JESSE O'BRIEN (ON KEYS)

MARK LAFORME BAND (WITH BASSIST NEIL NICKAFOR)

TRICKBAG (WITH SONNY DEL-RIO ON SAX AND KELLY JAY ON KEYS)

PHOTOS FROM "BLUES WITH A FEELING 2007" - JUNE 2007 (HAMILTON, ON)



ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO THE LATE RICHARD NEWELL (a.k.a. KING BISCUIT BOY)



TOO GOOD TO MISS - "ARTS IN CONCERT" - DJANGO & GRAPPELLI - SEPT./07



TOO GOOD TO MISS 'ARTS IN CONCERT'
PRESENTS

DJANGO & GRAPPELLI NIGHT
Featuring Vancouver gypsy jazz sensations
Van Django
and stone sculptor and glass artist
Heidi Brannan
*September 28, 2007* - 7:00 Reception - 8:00
Concert-Art Exhibit
Liuna Station, Hamilton, ON

Included with your $80.00 ticket is a $15.00 donation to Habitat for Humanity, Hamilton, a delectable assortment of hors d'oeuvres, an art exhibit of stone sculptures and art glass by acclaimed fine artist, Heidi Brannan, a spotlight mentorship performance by Mohawk College's Jazz program and, of course, the dazzling musical talents of "Van Django", who perform the rich gypsy jazz of 1930s Paris, as inspired by world renowned Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli.
For more specific information, please visit our website:
Learn more about this concert, the tour to Toronto' s Isabel Bader Theatre (Sat., Sept. 22 - Prices: $37-33) and Gatineau/Ottawa's Canadian Museum of Civilization (Tues., Sept. 25 - Prices: $28-26) and future concert events while browsing our site. We hope to see you there. Groups 8+ - Price $73.00. Tickets: 1-877-700-3130or On-line TicketWindow.ca

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

CARLOS DEL JUNCO @ SACKVILLE (NB) FALL FAIR - SEPT. 22/07

Sackville Fall Fair and TBS (Tantramarsh Blues Society) Present Cuban-born, Toronto-based Carlos Del Junco and his band on Saturday, September 22, at 9 PM, in the Bridge Street Tent, Downtown Sackville, NB - ADMISSION IS FREE!

Also Playing:

New Brunswick’s bluegrass masters Caledonia Drive (David Lewis, Ron Girouard, Ron Savoie and Calvin DeLeavey)

Saturday, September 22nd, 7 PM - ADMISSION IS FREE

2005 "Best Blues" Award - NOW Magazine, Toronto, ON

1997 - 2006 Harmonica Player of the Year - SEVEN times out of the Canadian Maple Blues Award's TEN year history

1998 JUNO NOMINATION for BIG BOY CD

1996 Blues Musician of the Year Award - Jazz Report Magazine

1993 Hohner World Harmonica Championship – Trossingen, Germany - two Gold Medals in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz

Born in Havana, Cuba, Del Junco (loosely translated "of the reeds") immigrated with his family at the age of one. He bent his first note on a harmonica when he was fourteen and has an honours from a four-year programme, majoring in sculpture at the Ontario College of Art. Sculpture has definitely had an influence on his outlook on music: "Music is just a different way of creating textures and shapes."

Playing a ten-hole diatonic harmonica, Carlos has developed the unique ability to play chromatically by using a recently developed "overblow" technique taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy. Overall, this approach to the diatonic harmonica, although much more difficult to achieve, is in many ways more expressive and communicative than the mechanised tone produced by the chromatic harmonica.

Carlos is one of the few pioneers of this overblow method, bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many in the music industry - a fringe folk instrument. The sophisticated sound produced by Del Junco is at once sensitive, soulful, and sexy while never forgetting the rawness inherent in blues music. During the '80s, Del Junco performed with many bands, including Latin/reggae/r&b band Eyelevel, Ontario College of Art Swing Band, with Bill Grove, and he had a six-year stint with rhythm and blues group The Buzz Upshaw [R.I.P.] Band.

With Kevin Cooke, in 1990, he formed a blues/jazz/fusion band, The Delcomos. He has recorded with Marcel Aymar (Cano), Cassandra Vassick, Oliver Schroer, Zappacosta, and has also worked with Dutch Mason, Domenic Troiano, Hock Walsh (Downchild Blues Band) and Holly Cole.

In 1991, Del Junco performed and composed the music for Tomson Highway's Dora award-winning play, "Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing". The production toured Canada and was held over for seven weeks at Toronto's Royal Alex Theatre.

In 1993 Carlos won two gold medals at the Hohner World Harmonica Championship held in Trossingen, Germany. He was judged world's best in both the diatonic blues category and the diatonic jazz category. With the late Bill Kinnear, Carlos released his first CD, Blues, on independent label Big Reed Records in November 1993. The rich collection of blues classics was a collaborative effort, with Kinnear playing acoustic and dobro guitars and handling lead vocals.

Five out of six reviewers in the Toronto Blues Society selected Blues in their top ten releases of 1993. In March/April 1995, Del Junco travelled to Chicago with a Canada Council grant to study with Howard Levy.

This year saw the release of the critically acclaimed Just Your Fool, a sizzling live session with Kevin Breit on guitar, Al Duffy on bass, and Geoff Arsenault on drums. It was this CD and the collaborative effort with Thom "Champagne Charlie" Roberts, Big Road Blues, that won Carlos the 1996 Blues Musician Of The Year Award.

Del Junco continues to produce an eclectic palette of music on Blues Mongrel, his (2005) 6th recording and his debut for Northern Blues. The set features his daring harmonica style, which flirts with Latin rhythms (“Let’s Mambo”), rockabilly (“Run Me Down”) and even a quirky jazz-ska hybrid (“Skatoon”). And, as a singer, Carlos’s voice is almost as unique as his harp playing. Remarkable guitar work by Kevin Breit, one of the most sought-after session players in Canada and now in the U.S., thanks in large part to his work with Norah Jones and Cassandra Wilson, adds texture to the 13-track collection.

Carlos has toured Canada regularly since 1996 and tours often in Germany and the United States. He has played all the major jazz, blues, and folk festivals across Canada. For more on the Fall Fair and the lineup in the Tent, please visit:

www.sackville.com/community/FallFair

'Hope to see you at that show....

Regards,


The TBS Team
Mount Allison University
Sackville, NB
KIM DOOLITTLE - NATURAL BORN WOMAN RELEASE


GARY KENDALL - DUSTY & PEARL RELEASE


SEB AGNELLO & WESTHILLBILLIES (WITH KEVIN BELL)

@ THE BLACK SWAN (TORONTO) - FRI., SEPT. 14/07



Musical political gadfly Seb Agnello will be doing a rare solo performance on Friday, Sept. 14, at The Black Swan (154 Danforth Ave., Toronto ON, (416) 469-0537), opening for Kevin Bell's "westhillbillies". Cover is only $5.00.


Start times are:


Seb - 10:00 PM (one show)


"westhillbillies" - 11:00 PM (2 shows).

Seb will be previewing songs from his soon-to-be-released new CD, titled Take Your Lumps.
Hope to see you there.

"I’ve never seen anyone turn a venue into his living room with such ease as Seb”.
(Bob Segarini, singer/songwriter and Sirius Radio's '"The IceMan")


Seb Agnello has been a controversial and uncompromising artist since the age of 14. In a move that would define his career, Seb walked out on his band, The Lords Of London, in the midst of the recording of their first album because he refused to make bubble gum music. Seb has built his career on an unwavering commitment to upholding his principles and standing by his beliefs. Through hard work and dedication to his craft, he has gained critical acclaim and wide-spread recognition for his songwriting, musicianship, and abilities as a live performer.


He worked throughout the '70s as a sought-after session player/sideman, but it is as a guitar player where he has gained the most respect for his considerable chops and lightning fast hands. Although, if you ask Seb, he will tell you "the guitar's just a prop" - it is what allows him to get on stage and "shoot his mouth off" because, first and foremost, he is a protest singer. Scathing and often hilarious, his protest songs are edgy and controversial, refusing to be politically correct.
(Review from Coffeehouse.ca)


For more info on Seb, visit http://www.turtleshellmusic.com/.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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

This week's featured guest: SAT., SEPT. 15th - Terry Walsh

Where: The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, 905-468-2141

When: every Saturday night 10:00 pm - 12:30 am - no cover

As we continue our "Guitars That Ate Your Momma" series.... another veteran guitar player, a St. Catharines legend, Terry Walsh, will duel it out with our resident guitar slinger.

Coming this fall:

"Live @ the Ank", a live 2-CD compilation recording of the NRS and our various guests over the last 3 years.

Other upcoming dates of note:

Sept 15th - Penner's drum festival: the 2nd annual, Drums Along the Niagara - www.drumsalongtheniagara.com Noon - sunset @ Navy Hall 305 Ricardo Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Here's the line-up:

Rick Gratton @ 1 pm - Drum set clinic ($10)
Ft. George fife and drum corps. @ 2:30 pm - Rudimental workshop
Heather Jones @ 3:30 pm - Yoga for drummers
Jeff Salem @ 4:30 pm - Hand drum clinic ($10)

As usual, Niagara's own Drumming Fools will perform. There'll be lots of good eats this year as well as some crafts people, and naturally, a drum circle. One lucky attendee to the Rick Gratton workshop will be walking away with a Pearl snare drum. There's also lots of other cool giveaways including a Sabian cymbal. And, last but not least, wine by the glass from the best winery in Niagara...MARYNISSEN ESTATES.

Sept 30th - NRS in concert @ Niagara Grape & Wine

Oct 19th - NRS @ the Canal Bank Shuffle, Thorold, ON

Plus more musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St., Niagara-on-the-Lake - 905-468-2141

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

Sept 22- Lance Anderson on the B3 (organ wizard)
Sept 29 - John Dickie (another great personality and vocalist)
Oct 6 - Johnny Max (rootsy blues and a very funny man)
Oct 13 - Martin Alex Aucoin, Paul Martin & Dave Leprich
Oct 20 - Guitars that ate yo' momma with Neil Chapman (amazing rockin' guitarist/personality)
Oct 27 - Ed Kopala (more "Guitars that ate yo' momma")
Nov 3 - Mark Rutherford (delightful keyboard player)
Nov 10 - Maria Aurigema (Female Guitars that ate yo' momma)
Nov 24 - Gayle Ackroyd & Ed Kopala
Dec 1 - Bruce Longman (Momma eatin' guitars and great tunes)
Dec 31 - 2nd annual New Years Eve extravaganza

www.stevegoldberger.com
PLAYLIST FOR "IRON MAIDENS" - WED., SEPT. 12/07 - CKCU 93.1 FM
Yanah – “Plus de Larmes” (The Girl in the Picture)
Yanah – “Where the Sad Winds Blow” (The Girl in the Picture)
Kathy Evans – “Worndown” (Unreleased)
Christa Couture – “day 4” (Peace Songs for a Better World)
Mad Agnes (Adrienne Jones) – “Guardians” (Peace Songs for a Better World)
Layah Jane – “Reverend and Ridicule” (Songs for a Better Planet)
Kate MacDonald – “Our World” (Songs for a Better Planet)
Amelia K. Spicer – “Moving Mountains” (Songs for a Better Planet)
Ndidi Onukwulu – “Wicked Lady” (No, I Never)
Sheila Wilcoxsin – “Louie” (Portland’s Best Blues)
Doug Skoog & Blues Alliance (Laurie Johnson) – “Comin’ Down with the Blues”
Yanah – “The Girl in the Picture” (The Girl in the Picture)
Andrea Karam – “I’m a Woman (I’m a Backbone)” (We Got Something Good)
To view subsequent lists, visit www.geocities.com/irocktheblues (my alternate site).
PAT JOHNSON - PITCHIN' DAY (LATEST CD) AND UPCOMING DATES


Thursday, September 13, 2007, 9:30 PM
Irene's Pub (885 Bank St., Ottawa)

NOTES - I will be the featured artist for a night of blues featuring Mike Ktenas (bass) and Corky Kealey (Drums)

Thursday, September 20, 2007, 10 AM
International Plowing Match (Portland, ON)

Saturday September 22, 2007, 6-9 PM
Rockport Boat Line (23 Front St., Rockport, ON)

NOTES - The Blues Cruise!! Featuring Trio – Hard Pushin’ Papa, Matthew “Tuba” Wilson, Glen Crotty

Tickets available through me or Mr. C's - 613-342-7377 & Rockport boatlines. $45 (incl. 3 hr. 1000 Islands cruise & meal). Get there by 5:30 - boat leaves at 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 7, 2007, 11 am
Rockport Boat Line (23 Front St., Rockport, ON)

NOTES - Thanksgiving Cruise - check the website for details on the meal, etc.

Saturday, October 27, 2007, 6-9 PM
Rockport Boat Line (23 Front St., Rockport, ON)

NOTES - This is the date for the annual Halloween Cruise!! Featuring Trio – Hard Pushin’ Papa, Matthew “Tuba” Wilson, Glen Crotty.

I will post details as they develop.

Friday, November 9, 2007, 9 PM
O' Reilly's Ale House (43 Gore St., Perth, Ontario)

NOTES - Featuring Trio - Hard Pushin' Papa

Friday, February 29, 2008, 8 PM
Joshua Bates Centre (Athens,Ontario)

NOTES - Opening for Wendell Ferguson!!! - 6-time "Canadian Country Guitar Player of the Year". This guy is a RIOT. Check out his website at http://www.wendellferguson.com/.

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