Wednesday, March 30, 2011

James Anthony, Les Smith and Friends @ Carrigan Arms (March 26, 2011)

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James Anthony (guitar, vocals), Les Smith of Trickbag (harmonica, vocals), Bobby Blake (vocals on Unchain My Heart), Charlie Cooley (drums), Garth Vogan (bass)

More Taj Mahal Covers/Stories

Links: James Anthony - More James Anthony Stories - Les Smith - More Trickbag Stories


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Monday, March 28, 2011

Daniel Lanois, Neil Young, Jim Byrnes Big Winners at Junos

Hamilton's own Daneil Lanois won for best producer at the Juno Awards on March 27, 2011. He was recognized for his work with Neil Young on the CD, Le Noise - which also won for for best adult alternative.


Here are other wins of note:

Roots & Traditional Album, Solo: My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs, Old Man Luedcke

Roots & Traditional Album, Group: La part du feu, Le Vent du Nord

Blues Album: Everywhere West, Jim Byrnes

Below is a bit of Lanois's acceptance speech


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Terry Sumsion Passes

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of local singer/songwriter Terry Sumsion. He was 64.

The following was placed on his Facebook page:

"Sadly on March 26th 2011, the world lost an amazing Husband, Father, Friend and Musician. Thank you to all of the angel's who have sent all there thought's and prayer's during this sad time." The Sumsion Family.

Terry's music was known throughout Canada, the US, England, Ireland, Scotland, and more.

Reaction from the local music scene has been swift on Facebook. Here are a few quotes:

Duane Rutter: "I just learned we lost our brother and friend Terry Sumsion. RIP Terry! Your passing has left an unfillable void."

JP Riemens: "Just thinking about my buddy Terry Sumsion who passed away last night. He will be missed."

Alfie Smith: "You voice, songs and friendship will be missed by many."

Gary White: ""You will be missed. I dont think I ever had more fun on a stage"

We wish to extend our condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Links: Terry SumsionMore Terry Sumsion Stories

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sarah Harmer: iTunes Session EP

Recently, Juno-nominated Burlington singer/songwriter, Sarah Harmer, released the iTunes Session EP. This is a collection of 6 must-hear live recordings available exclusively through the iTunes.

The offering includes performances of songs from her most recent album, Oh Little Fire and much more. Each tune is given a bit of a new, different spin.

Below is a live performance of Washington, which is part of the EP.

Links: Sarah Harmer - More Sarah Harmer Stories


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Chris Chambers CD: Never Say What You Mean

With his latest disc, Never Say What You Mean, local guitar slinger/vocalist Chris Chambers has created a stupendous mix of soul, blues and rock.

The new collection also has a modern sound while still maintaining its roots. Chris can really rock out (Distraction, All Undone) or take it nice and slow when needed (Remember, Can't Understand).

The CD is available at his live shows and can also be purchased as a download on iTunes and VIP Rock Shop.

Below is a video where he performs the title track

Links: Chris Chambers Site - More Chris Chambers Stories


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ray Farrugia (Junkhouse) Plays on New Fearing & White CD

When Canadian folk star Stephen Fearing (Blackie and Rodeo Kings) teamed up with Belfast musician Andy White for a new CD project, Fearing & White, they brought in Hamilton drummer, Ray Farrugia (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond) to handle the percussion. Ray's great talent on the skins can be heard throughout the album.

The disc is a great addition to Fearing's great body of work. Andy White also adds his brilliant guitar work and outstanding voice. Both musicians harmonize well and complement each other.

Songs range from catchy folk rock tunes (You Can't Count on Anyone Anymore, Heaven for a Lonely Man), slower pieces (Faithful Heart) and music with an Irish feel (What We Know Now, Dream Maker).

The CD is available at Maple Music and iTunes. There's a rocking iTunes exclusive bonus track "How Long" that is also available as a free download if you join their mailing list.

Below are a few related videos.

Links: Fearing & White - Ray Farrugia - More Ray Farrugia Stories


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

New Yitka CD: Diplomatic Dream

Diplomatic Dream, the latest CD by local singer/songwriter Yitka, is definitely well-named. A global theme is certainly prevalent throughout the disc.

Yitka's accent (she immigrated from the Czech Republic) adds an international flavour to all the songs. On top of that, she includes Latin sounds (To Mexico, Maria), some reggae (the title track), and much more. This is all while adding a wonderful pop/rock/folk feel. To finish things off, there's also a cover of Marianne Faithfull's Broken English

Many talented musicians worked with Yitka to create this amazing disc: Peter Sisk, Ray Poirier, Sandi Stirling, Joe Mavety, Steve Negus, and Danny Z (also producer and engineer).

The CD is available at her live shows and can be ordered though CDbaby, as either a CD or download. You can also get it on iTunes.

See below for live performances of songs from the album.

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Max Wray Live EP

Late last year, Hamilton singer/songwriter Max Wray released his latest EP: Max Wray Live.

The 6-song collection showcases Max's wonderful acoustic guitar work and his unique, amazing voice. He creates wonderful emotional, sometimes catchy, pop songs that still have their roots in the classic singer/songwriter sound. It's an incredible blend of the modern and the traditional.

The CD is available at his shows and as downloads on iTunes and CDbaby.

Below are a few related videos.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Duane Rutter, Judi Rideout and Friends @ Robot Cafe (February 27, 2011) (48 Hour Guitarathon, Part 3) + Bonus Videos

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Duane Rutter (guitar, left), John Loucks (Mandolin) Judi Rideout (guitar, vocals), Tom Wells (drums on Misunderstood), Jeff Webster (drums on last two songs), Harry White (bass)


Bonus Videos of Judi

Videos courtesy of Judi Rideout

Links: Judi Rideout - Duane Rutter - More Duane Rutter Stories

More from this show: Part 1, Part 2

Duane played to raise money for Camp Trillium. Click below to donate.


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