Hello folks. Here is the news this week. In this edition:
- Thanks to Everyone Who Participated in the CBC Radio Taping of Julian Fauth at the Dakota Tavern
- Julian’s Summer Festival Bookings
- Snake Oil Johnson CD Release
- Julian Fauth on the Radio – Danny Marks Show on Jazz FM
- Julian Fauth’s Gigs This Week
- How to Book Julian Fauth
Check Julian’s website, www.julianfauth.com.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CBC RADIO TAPING OF JULIAN FAUTH AT THE DAKOTA TAVERN
It was a great night on Saturday for the JULIAN FAUTH concert at the Dakota Tavern. The turnout was excellent and the crowd was very enthusiastic. This is going to make for great radio. The concert will be aired some time this fall on CBC Radio 2 – Canada Live. I will let know when as soon as hear.
Many thanks to the CBC Radio crew, headed by RON SKINNER, for doing this, and thanks also to the Dakota Tavern, an intimate spot with great acoustics, perfect for this show. Special thanks, too, to the many fans and friends of Julian who came out to hear some great music and make their mark on this recording.
And that band is so tight: JAY DANLEY on guitar, JAMES THOMSON on bass and BOB VESPAZIANI on drums. Julian plays with lots of musicians in the many gigs he does, but this is the group of guys with whom he most frequently shares the stage. It shows. Thanks boys.
A family commitment (planned since Christmas), prevented me from seeing the whole show. But I did get there in time to participate. Julian had given me his JUNO statuette that morning for safe keeping as he made his way from gig to gig. So I had a chance to “present it” to him at the end of the evening, and he got a standing ovation from his fans. Then in true fashion, Julian presented the JUNO to the person who made it all possible in so many ways, his mother Barbara.
I have attached some photos of the event, taken by JAMES DORAN and by Julian’s cousin, CHRIS BOEHLER, for those of you on the dedicated list. If anyone on the groups wants the photos, just let me know.
And hey, if any of you all who were at the Dakota on Saturday have some photos you would like to share, please send them to me, or post them on Facebook or whatever and let me know. I am always looking to get more good shots of Julian and the band.
JULIAN’S SUMMER FESTIVAL AND CONCERT BOOKINGS
This week marks the first of JULIAN FAUTH’s summer festival gigs and special concerts. He played a lot of festivals last year, though most of them were fairly close to Toronto. This summer Julian will be venturing further afield, appearing in the Maritimes, Alberta and British Columbia as well as Ontario. Julian will still be playing his regular Toronto residencies most the time. But here is the schedule of special events:
Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival – June 19 – a noon time solo show at the Barrie City Hall
Classic Theatre in Cobalt, Ontario – July 10 concert with the band
Porquis Blues Festival in northern Ontario – July 11 with the band
Mississauga Ribfest – July 17 in trio format
Barrie Lawn Chair Luminata – July 22 – duo
Mini-tour in the Ottawa Valley, hitting O’Reilly’s Pub in Perth, Neat Café in Burnstown and the Rainbow in Ottawa – July 24 to 26, duo
Filberg Festival in Comox, British Columbia – July 31 and August 1, solo – also a solo show at the Cottage Bistro in Vancouver on August 1
Concert for the White Rock Blues Society near Surrey, British Columbia – August 2, solo
Kitchener Blues Festival – August 5 Gala and August 7 on the main stage – solo
Brampton Folk Society – August 6, noon time concert near city hall, duo
Blues in the Vineyard (Hillebrand Winery) in Niagara-on-the-Lake – August 8, trio
Calgary Blues Festival – August 9, backed by Tim Williams and the Electro-Fires
Peter’s Players in Muskoka, Ontario – August 22, with David Rotundo, opening for Johnny Winter
Newmarket Jazz and Blues Festival – August 26, trio
Guelph Ribfest – August 28, trio
Southside Shuffle in Mississauga – September 10, solo
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick – September 18 and 19, duo with David Rotundo
And I guess that’s it for now. If anything new comes down the pike I will keep you posted.
Karen and I had meant to attend this very popular show for ages, but it was only when they announced that the show would be closed down that we made a point of getting tickets. Well, maybe it will close or maybe that announcement was a way to get people like us to buy tickets. But I am sure glad we did. The show started out with the traditional step dancing of Ireland and moved across the ocean (as did so many of the Irish) to North America and all of the influences that the Old World brought to New World. One outstanding number was a “dueling taps” where three guys did Irish steps and two guys tap danced New York style in challenge and response. And the Russian dance was an absolute show stopper. Try to see Riverdance if you can.
I admit, though, that it was the Irish dances that brought a tear to my eye. Ireland is where our folk sprang from the earth, County Wexford in the south for me and County Down in the north for Karen. We have been to the Emerald Isle twice, and that land tugs at my heartstrings.
Then on Sunday we were down in the Distillery District and heard the York Region Police Pipe and Drum Band. Both of our grandmothers hail from Scotland (MacNeil of Barra me and Brown of Lesmahagow her). I don’t know, but I think it would take a cold heart indeed to hear the beat of the drums and the skirl of the bagpipes and not get a lump in your throat.
I do not think of myself as Irish or Scots. I am Canadian, and to me the sweetest music of all is the trill of a White-Throated Sparrow or the laugh of a Loon in the silent forests of Canada. But I love the Blues because to me the music seems so real and so human, and I love the music of Ireland and the Highlands for the same reason. It is ancient and calls to us from the core of being.
SNAKE OIL JOHNSON CD RELEASE
Snake Oil Johnson is a project of drummer BOB VESPAZIANI and multi-instrumentalist SUGAR BROWN. These guys have earned a great reputation around town and have played at many important festivals and events. Their first CD, self-titled, is now out and it’s a good one. You can buy it and hear the band at the CD Release Party on Saturday, June 20, at Ten Feet Tall, 1381 Danforth Ave., Toronto. The show starts at 9:00 PM, no cover.
JULIAN FAUTH ON THE RADIO – DANNY MARKS’ SHOW ON JAZZ FM
DANNY MARKS' show, Bluz-FM, this Saturday features JULIAN FAUTH playing some of his favorites, rare old blues and gospel tracks, a few tracks from the JUNO winning "Ramblin' Son" and a cool interview with Julian. Tune in at 10:00 PM EST at 91.1 FM in Toronto, www.jazz.fm.
JULIAN FAUTH’S GIGS THIS WEEK:
My apologies to the musicians who will be accompanying Julian at the gigs listed below. I have been traveling a lot lately and was unable to confirm who was playing at what gigs.
Friday, June 19 – Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, Barrie City Hall, noon to 2:00 PM
and Grossman’s Tavern, 379 Spadina Avenue, 416-977-7000, 10:00 PM
Saturday, June 20 – Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 416-604-3333, noon to 3:00 PM
and Statlers, 487 Church Street, Toronto, 416-962-1209
Sunday, June 21 – Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 416-604-3333, noon to 3:00 PM
Tuesday, June 23 – Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930, 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 25 – Fifth Grill, 221 Richmond Street West, Toronto, 416-979-3005, 7:00 to 11:00 PM
Friday, June 26 – Harlem Restaurant, 67 Richmond Street East, Toronto, 416-368-1920, 7:00 to 11:00 PM
Saturday, June 27 – Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 416-604-3333, noon to 3:00 PM
and Momo’s Bistro, 664 Queensway, Toronto, 416-252-5560, 8:00 to 11:00 PM
Sunday, June 28 – Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 416-604-3333, noon to 3:00 PM
HOW TO BOOK JULIAN FAUTH
To book JULIAN FAUTH contact John Allen at 1-416-769-2272, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by responding to this newsletter with your inquiry. I will return your phone call or email promptly.
Bye for now,