Saturday, May 2, 2015
History lessons don't have to be boring and dull, especially with Hamilton's colourful past. The Hammer's Mark McNeil and his band of musical historians have taken the city's most interesting tales and brought them to vivid life on Flashbacks,
The CD is an extension of James Street, the incredible musical written by Mark. This Hamilton Music Award nominated album will tell you true tales about infamous alleged killer Evelyn Dick, a crazy monkey called Jacko, Einstein's brain, and Hamilton's military past. History was never this fun!
Mark has enlisted some amazing Steeltown talent to add amazing music to these wonderful stories: Michael Hickey (bass), Paul Panchezak of Trickbag (drums/percussion), Jeff Griffiths (drums), Steve Parisien (guitar), Jay Burr (tuba/trombone), Charly Chiarelli (harmonica), Steve Fuller (fiddle), Cyndi Devereux (fiddle), Geoff Somers (fiddle), Allison Lupton (flute), Gayle Bridger (bodhran/cajon), Major Michael Rehill and the RHLI Military Band, Orange McFarland (bass). Background vocals by Mike Trebilcock, Paula Grove, Jon Gordon Odegaard, Kris Rochard and Scott Cameron Smith.
Copies of his historical CD can be picked up at The Hamilton Store and the front Desk of the Hamilton Spectator building or ordered online vie The Spec Store, Downloads are available through Bandcamp.
Blast from the Past: Videos from the Musical James Street
Links: Mark McNeil, More Mark McNeil stories, Videos above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers, More Releases
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