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Monday, December 30, 2019

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

CFMU is a the not-for-profit radio station for McMaster University. They play a lot of local and indie artists. Recently, their government funding was cut so they need your help more than ever,

The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Hamilton's Danny Medakovic Has Something for Everyone on New CD

Very few songwriters around can match Danny Medakovic's skill and diversity. His latest album, The Years offers a variety of tastes for the discerning Folk/Americana connoisseur. From country drinking songs, political commentary, historical tales, soulful emotional laments and beyond, Dan has something for everyone. He even throws in some touches of  reggae, blues and more to spice things up.

Dan's lyrical storytelling is second to none as the songs veer from poetic to whimsical to impassioned and more. Each tune tells a wonderfully-told tale and has its own unique spirit.

Aiding Dan is great group of musicians, including Alan Hinckley (bass), Michael Scott (drums), Chris Altmann (pedal steel), Denis Keldie (keyboard), Geoff Ball (cello), Mark Volkov of Cootes Paradise (sax), Les Smith (harmonica) and Mike Trebilcock (background vocals).

CDs,Vinyl and downloads are available at his live shows at through his Bandcamp page. As an amazing bonus, the recording also includes a songbook with lyrics, chords and comments.

You can stream the album below.

Blast from the Past: Danny's previous album

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Please Support Local Charities

Please Support Local Charities

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

News Roundup (Myriad, Hayley Verrall, Michelle Titian, Passings)


Hamilton Spectator

      Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

      Trebleclef' attending the Gore Park Christmas Tree Lighting featuring music by the great Big Rude Jake Band.

      Click here for more pictures from the event


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      Monday, December 16, 2019

      New Album from Kitchener's Jesse Parent is Rootsy Folk at It's Finest

      Kitchener's Jesse Parent is back with another remarkable album, Somedays, Tomorrows, and Best Laid Plans. This is rootsy folk at it's finest with a warm, welcoming feel.

      Jesse's incredible lyricism is on full display here as he sings about every day life and the human condition. His resonant voice draws the listener into his musical stories and gives them a unique experience. H also does a great job of covering the Paul Simon classic, You Can Call Me Al.

      Joining Jesse on this outstanding recording is Emily Barkley (vocals), Matt Lima (bass), Mike Erb (drums) and Steve Wood (pedal steel guitar, dobro).

      You can pick this phenomenal recording at his live shows, his online store and cdbaby. It's also available at most streaming services.

      More Paul Simon Covers/Stories

      Blast from the Past: Jesse's Previous Album

      Links: Jesse ParentMore Jesse Parent StoriesMore Releases, Videos above courtesy of Jesse Parent

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      Sunday, December 8, 2019

      Support Local Charities

      Support Local Charities

      From their website: The Canadian Heroes Foundation is a Registered Not for Profit organization and is about creating awareness and support for our front line responders, our fallen heroes and families. It is also a tribute to those who have served in the past, present and future.

      The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

      Monday, December 2, 2019

      Friday, November 29, 2019

      Hamilton Blues Lovers Turns 11 Today!

      The Hamilton Blues Lovers is 11 years old today (November 29, 2019).

      A word from Lou, our blogger:
      With the hustle and bustle of last year's 10th anniversary celebration, it was nice to have a more laid back year of music and fun!. Looking forward to another year of great local music! I'd like to thank my wife Linda for all her hard work and support for the site. I LOVE YOU!

      Links: Rodrigo y Gabriela, Video above courtesy of Because Music

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      Monday, November 25, 2019

      GOOD LUCK! Local Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominees + Complete Nominations

      Soon, the Canadian Folk world will be showcasing their talent at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards ceremony. A number of local artists recently received nomination and hopefully, they'll be bring home some hardware.

      NOTE: The Awards will be streamed online on April 4

      Hamilton-born singer/songwriter Ben Caplan is in the running in three categories: English Songwriter of the Year, World Solo Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year

      Links: Ben CaplanMore Ben Caplan StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ben Caplan


      Steeltown's own Luke Doucet (Whitehorse) is also up for Producer of the Year

      Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse StoriesVideo above courtesy of Whitehorse


      Vineland songstress Ariana Gillis is also up for Contemporary Album of the Year.

      Links: Links: Ariana GillisMore Ariana Gillis StoriesVideo above courtesy of Concerts in the Woods


      Waterloo's Danny Michel was nominated for Solo Artists of the Year  as well.

      Links: Danny MichelMore Danny Michael StoriesVideo above courtesy of Danny Michel


      Here's a complete list of nominees.

      Contemporary Album
      • Ariana Gillis: The Maze
      • The Small Glories: Assiniboine and The Red
      • Leaf Rapids: Citizen Alien
      • Abigail Lapell: Getaway
      • Jenn Grant: Love, Inevitable
      • The Al Purdy Songbook
      • Lennie Gallant: Time Travel
      • Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky
      English Songwriter(s)
      • Ben Caplan, Christian Barry: Old Stock (Ben Caplan)
      • Lennie Gallant: Time Travel
      • Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky
      • Kaia Kater: Grenades
      • Abigail Lapell: Getaway
      • Cara Luft, Jd Edwards, Neil Osborne, Catherine Maclellan: Assiniboine and The Red (The Small Glories)
      • Madeleine Roger: Cottonwood
      • Justin Rutledge: Passages
      World Solo Artist
      • Ben Caplan: Old Stock
      • Cristian De La Luna: Sabes
      • Quique Escamilla: Encomienda
      • Roberto López: Kaleido Strópico
      • Wesli: Rapadou Kreyol
      • Luke Doucet: The Northern South Vol. 2 (Whitehorse)
      • Ben Caplan: Old Stock
      • Erin Costelo: Grenades (Kaia Kater)
      • Steve Dawson: Halfway Home By Morning (Matt Andersen)
      • Daniel Ledwell: Time Travel (Lennie Gallant)
      • Jory Nash, Chris Stringer: Wilderness Years (Jory Nash)
      • Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award / Prix Innovation Musicale  Oliver Schroer
      • Elisapie: The Ballad Of The Runaway Girl
      • Samson Wrote: Pigeon
      • Tri-Continental: Dust Dance
      • Vishtèn: Horizons
      Solo Artist
      • Danny Michel: White and Gold
      • Michael Jerome Browne: That's Where It's At
      • Jenn Grant: Love, Inevitable
      • Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky
      • Sarah Macdougall: All The Hours I Have Left To Tell You Anything
      • Irish Mythen: Little Bones
      Traditional Album
      • Old Man Luedecke: Easy Money
      • Vishtèn: Horizons
      • The Slocan Ramblers: Queen City Jubilee
      • Le Vent Du Nord: Territoires
      • Shannon Quinn: Watchmaker
      Children’s Album
      • Ginalina: It Takes A Village
      • The Kerplunks: Lullabies For Big Eyes
      • Amos J + Jérôme Fortin: Magical Lullabies
      • Will's Jams: Rocks And Roots
      • Splash'n Boots: You, Me And The Sea
      Traditional Singer
      • Rachel Davis: Ashlar (Còig)
      • Joshua Haulli: Aqqut
      • Sophie Lavoie: Portraits
      • Old Man Luedecke: Easy Money
      • Allison Lupton: Words Of Love
      Contemporary Singer
      • Matt Andersen: Halfway Home By Morning
      • Jenn Grant: Love, Inevitable
      • Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky
      • Lydia Persaud: Let Me Show You
      • Andrea Ramolo: Homage
      Instrumental Solo Artist
      • Itamar Erez: Mi Alegria
      • Sabin Jacques: Grandes Rencontres (Sabin Jacques & Rachel Aucoin)
      • Graham Lindsey: Tradhead
      • Jon Pilatzke: Amongst Friends
      • Richard Wood: Unbroken
      Instrumental Group
      • Emilyn Stam and Filippo Gambetta: Shorelines
      • Mairi Rankin and Eric Wright: The Cabin Sessions
      • Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres: Mandorla
      • The Fitzgeralds: The Fitzgeralds
      • Toronto Tabla Ensemble: Bhumika
      Vocal Group
      • Fortunate Ones: Hold Fast
      • Geneviève Et Alain: De La Rivière À La Mer
      • Musique À Bouches: L'habit De Plumes
      • The Small Glories: Assiniboine and The Red
      • The Sweet Lowdown: Low Clouds In The Morning
      • Haley Richardson and Quinn Bachand: When The Wind Blows High And Clear
      • Oliver The Crow: Oliver The Crow
      • The Slocan Ramblers: Queen City Jubilee
      • The Small Glories: Assiniboine & The Red
      • Vishtèn: Horizons
      French Songwriter(s)
      • Bernard Adamus: C'qui Nous Reste Du Texas
      • Jordane Labrie, Clement Desjardins: 12 Jours (Jordane)
      • Jean Leloup: L'étrange Pays
      • Safia Nolin: Dans Le Noir
      • Caroline Savoie: Pourchasser L'aube
      Indigenous Songwriter(s)
      • Sugar Plum Croxen, Shelley Hamilton, George Elliott Clarke: Constitution (The Afro-Métis Nation)
      • Jenelle Duval, Danielle Benoit, Stacey Howse: Qama'si (Eastern Owl)
      • Joshua Haulli: Aqqut
      • Diyet Van Lieshout: Diyet & The Love Soldiers
      • Mike Paul: Origine
      World Group
      • Al Qahwa: Cairo Moon
      • Ayrad: Zoubida
      • Emilyn Stam & Filippo Gambetta: Shorelines
      • Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres: Mandorla
      • Toronto Tabla Ensemble: Bhumika
      New/Emerging Artist(s)
      • Birds Of Bellwoods: Victoria
      • Geneviève Racette: No Water, No Flowers
      • Gordie Mackeeman And His Rhythm Boys: Dreamland
      • Hook and Nail: Ghosts Of Taylorton
      • Lydia Persaud: Let Me Show You
      • T. Buckley: Miles We Put Behind
      • The Lumber Jills: The Lumber Jills
      • The Unfaithful Servants: The Unfaithful Servants
      Young Performer(s)
      • Conway: Conway
      • Nick Earle: Breaking New Ground
      • Joshua Haulli: Aqqut
      • Keltie: Expect Inhibition
      • Jacques Surette: Marche, Marche, Marche
      Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

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      Sunday, November 24, 2019

      Please Support Local Charities

      Please Support Local Charities

      From the website: Carpenter Hospice, located in the heart of Burlington, Ontario, provides individuals who are dying, and their families, with high quality palliative care in a home-like setting.

      The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

      Friday, November 22, 2019

      News Roundup (CHCH Videos, Steve Strongman, Lucas Stagg, Treble's Adventures)

      Jerry King
      Bent Pinky

      More Musical Toons

      Adventures of Trebleclef, the Music-Loving Monkey

      Trebleclef's been a busy monkey

      He rocked out to The Matt Weidinger Band performing Van Morrison at the Brantford Polish Hall.


      The rockin' continued when he went to see Trickbag w Dave Rave at Frankie's in Brantford


      Our little monkey also checked out the recently renovated Locke Street in Hamilton.


      Lastly, Treble saw and amazing Lucas Stagg solo dhow at Clifford Brewing Co. in Hamilton.


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        Wednesday, November 20, 2019

        Hamilton's Famous & Betty Create Gritty, Intense Music Together

        New Horizon is the 11th superb album by local Bluesman Famous Framus but it's also the first as a duo with his wife, Betty Bomb. Together they've made a dark, hypnotic and raw disc.

        The duo pack a lot of punch into their incredible sound. Famous' voice just bleeds emotion as the lyrics lead the listeners into the darker themes of heartache, abandonment and pain. His menacing, gritty guitar work accentuates the intensity. Betty's fearsome drumming punctures through the sound to make itself heard. There's also a bit of positivity and hope mixed in, especially in the couples only duet on the album, Blue Betty.

        This unforgettable album can be picked up at their stunning shows or at Dr Disc in Hamilton. It's also available through Apple Music.

        Blast from the Past: Famous' Previous CD

        Links: Famous FramusMore Famous Framus StoriesMore Releases, Videos above courtesy of Famous Framus

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        Tuesday, November 19, 2019

        CONGRATS! Catching Up with the Hamilton Musicians Guild Honourees

        It's been a while since we've updated the list of artists that the Hamilton Musicians' Guild have been honouring at their general meetings.

        Here's a quick rundown:

        September 30, 2019

        June 3, 2019
        • Steve Beach (vocals, keys, Trickbag): Life Membership Certificate and Pin
        • Andrew Uranowski (conductor, Concordia Pops Orchestra): AFM Life Membership Certificate and Pin
        • Joey Dimarco (drummer, The Collective R&B):  AFM Life Membership Certificate and Pin

          Video above courtesy of Joey "Pocket" DiMarco

        • Peter MacDonald: Life Membership Certificate and Pin
        • Bob Richardson: Certificate of Live Membership
        • Jon Richardson: 25 Year AFM Membership Pin
        • Diane Kennedy: 25 Year AFM Membership Pin
        November 26, 2019

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          Monday, November 18, 2019

          CONGRATS! 2019 Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards

          The 2019 Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Awards were recently unveiled. The special supplemental section featured the best that Hammertown has to offer, including our wonderful music community. 

          Here's a list of all the music-related winners.

          D = Diamond (1st place)
          P = Platinum (2nd place)
          G = Gold
          Everything else is in the top ten.

          Local Musician or Band
          • D: Halo
          • P: Blue Tilt Studio / Grant Avenue Studio
          • G: QED Media / BOXO Studio / Catherine North Studios / Studio 410 Sound Productions / Downtown Sound Recording Studios
          A special congrats to one of our sponsors, Picks N Sticks, who won Diamond for Musical Instrument Store.


          Blast from the Past: Last Year's Winners

          Links: Readers' Choice AwardsMore Spec Readers' Choice Awards Stories

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          Sunday, November 17, 2019

          Please Support Local Charities

          Please Support Local Charities

          The Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary is intended to support a different, talented, deserving guitar student each year. In honour of the late, great Hamilton guitarist Brian Griffith.

          The Hamilton Blues Lovers (HBL) want to showcase a deserving local charity every week.  HBL is not affiliated with these charities nor does it fund raise for them.

          Saturday, November 16, 2019

          CONGRATS! Waterloo Region Record Readers Choice Award Winners

          Recently, the Waterloo Region Record tallied up the votes for their 2019 Readers' Choice Awards.

          Here are the music related winners. Click here for the full list.

          Local Entertainment
          Local Musician or Band
          Piano Teacher
          Concert Venue
          Live Entertainment Facility
          Live Jazz Club
          Live Music Bar/Lounge

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