Saturday, November 24, 2012


Programmed and Hosted by Honey Girl

1) Donita Sparkes/Lee Aaron [intro mix] – “Headcheck/Metal Queen” (0:08)
2) Jami Sieber (Hidden Sky) – “In the Silence” (4:13)
3) Nicole Taylor (Ambiguosexual) – “1000 Innuendos” (3:17)
4) Sarah MacDougall (Headed for the Hills) – “Pain Reliever” (3:33)
5) Night Sun (Drive) – “Petawawa River” (3:49)
6) EG Kight (Southern Comfort) – “No Time for the Blues” (3:57)
7) Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddies (When the Money’s All Gone) – “Don’t Cry” (4:46)
8) Gary Kendall (w/ Judy Brown) (Dusty & Pearl) – “Lucky at Love” (4:51)
9) Maggie Mayall & Cadillacs (Dig This – Anthology – ’86-’01) – “Bad for Me” (3:48)


Well, as much as I love the music of Rita Chiarelli and wish her success as CBC’s newest radio show host/music programmer, I can’t help but feel sorry for broadcasting graduates who have lost out on yet another opportunity to even begin to find paid work in their chosen profession.  I mean, seriously, how are they supposed to compete with international celebrities?  Then again, aging musicians are feeling the big squeeze-out these days by performers who are barely out of their diapers, so I guess they have to find a new way to parlay a living in the spotlight.  Community/campus radio stations do, however, offer very inexpensive training and the opportunity to gain real experience (if not an actual income) in broadcasting.  If you are serious about doing this as a career, whether you have studied broadcasting or not, feel free to contact the program director at CHMR.  The station is always looking for new talent, male or female.  The information is on our website at

Competing with Long & McQuade’s Music Therapy Fundraiser tonight at Fat Cat Blues Bar is Sherry Ryan, who is performing her tribute to the music of Lucinda Williams at The Rock House, also on George Street, so it’s a great night to get George-faced, as the T-shirt logo goes.

The Statoil/MusicNL 2012 Christmas Songwriting Contest is now accepting submissions for original holiday and seasonal music.  This is one for the youngsters, as it’s open to songwriters 19 and under.  The contestants will be competing for recording time at Groove Den Studios, with mixing and mastering at The Blue Room, music video production by HeavyWeather, web development by Dc Design House, as well as cash prizes and the opportunity to perform (with parental consent) at the 3rd annual MusicNL Christmas concert on December 17 at The Ship Pub.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 30, at 4:30 p.m.  Late entries will not be accepted.  Visit for full details or use that antiquated invention known as the telephone and call them at 709-754-2574.

The 10th Annual Christmas Goose benefit concert and CD release will be taking place at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Saturday, December 1st.  Featured performers include Al Wood, Arthur McGregor, Chris White, Finest Kind, John Hanson, Mary Moore & Marylise Chauvette, Pat Moore, Tom Lips and YOU, the audience. Come out for a wonderful evening of original and favourite Christmas and seasonal songs in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

I just found out earlier this week that I’m working for a keyboardist/director whose brother is Jim Vivian, formerly of Toronto band The Shuffle Demons, as well as Rob Connell and the Boss Brass.  Mr. Vivian, a member of the jazz studies faculty at U. of T, is very much in demand as a bassist, having performed and recorded with numerous jazz musicians such as Don Thompson, Jeff Johnston, Sonny Greenwich, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Tim Hagans, and John Abercrombie.

I’m Honey Girl, and I’ll be right back with selected “Iron Maidens”, a program comprised of music composed and/or recorded by women determined to succeed in the industry alongside their male peers.  Playlist selections include male-female duos or ensembles comprised of both genders.  Every once in a while I will dub a particular male “an honourary Iron Maiden”.

10) Cee Cee James (Blood Red Blues) – “Blood Red Blues” (3:55)
11) Sue Foley (Queen Bee – The Antones Collection) – “Lightning Boogie” (1:46)
12) Koko Taylor (First Came Memphis Minnie) – “Black Rat Swing” (5:09)
13) Dalannah Gail Bowen (Them Menz) – “Who’s Foolin’ Who” (3:58)
14) Carrie Day (Life Is Like This) – “Life Is Like This” (2:15)


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