Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017: Year in Review

Like 2016, 2017 was also a  was a mixed year. Many in the musical community (both local and international) passed away but there were a number of wonderful news items as well. This year, the Hamilton Blues Lovers also proudly won the very first ever George R. Robinson Award from the Hamilton Musicians' Guild

Local musicians who passed away in 2017 include: Skip Prokop of Lighthouse, Carl Horton,  Kathryn Stachyra (Whisky Concussion), Bill Crawford (Caledonia Folk Club Founder), music supporter Paul C Young, Herve Basset, Greg Peltz (local supporter), Hamilton superfan Gary DePodesta, Bryon Wapole (Backbeat Brian)David Gerry and Festival of Friends Volunteer Mosche Freedman

The rest of Canada also lost quite a few musical greats: Gord DownieFormer April Wine Bassist Steve LangFounding Steppenwolf Keyboardist Goldy McJohn, Streetheart Singer Kenny ShieldsTerry Graves of Headframe, Jurgen Peter of the HauntedBobby Taylor (of the Vancouvers)Music Teacher (and Oscar Peterson's sister) Daisy Peterson SweenyQuebec songwriter Réjean DucharmeQuebec Singer Tex LecorJohnny BurkeJan V. Matejcek (First SOCAN CEO)Canada's 'Pet' Juliette (Cavazzi)Drummer Pentti 'Whitey' GlanPatrick Bourgeois of Les BB

A number of international stars passed away this year as well: Tom Petty, Fats DominoChuck Berry, James CottonGregg Allman, Lonnie BrooksCharles BradleyGlen CampbellWalter Becker (Steely Dan)Soundgarden Frontman Chris CornellMalcolm Young (AC/DC), David Cassidy (Partridge Family), Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle, singer), John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson), Geoff Nicholls (Black Sabbath keyboardist), Jim Fuller (Surfaris guitarist)Sib Hashian (ex-Boston drummer), Col. Bruce HamptonJimmy CopleyAnita Pallenberg (Keith Richards' ex-girlfriend), Erik Cartwright (ex-Foghat guitarist), David Hlubek (Molly Hatchet), George Young (Easybeats member and AC/DC producer), Jimmy Beaumont (Skyliners singer), Michael "DikMik" Davies (Hawkwind), Johnny Halladay (French rocker)Vincent Nguini (Paul Simon Guitarist)

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

More FREE Amazing Valleyview Studios Christmas Albums

A few years ago, we wrote about the amazing FREE holiday music offered through Valleyview Studios.  It features incredible, multi-genre seasonal tracks from many talented local artists.

Here's what they've been up to since. Click the song title to listen and download.

2016 Compilation
  1. Carl Didur and Mike McLean - I've Been Away for a While
  2. Dave Rave - Not Just Christmas Time

    Links: Dave RaveMore Dave Rave StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

  3. Doug Feaver - All Because It's Christmas Time
  4. Gary Pig Gold - East West
  5. Hailee Rose - It's Christmas Time Again
  6. Kris Kringle and The Jingled Bells - Santa's High (Above On Christmas Eve)
  7. Kyle Kuchmey - Welcome Christmas
  8. Rick Andrew - Long Way Down
  9. Rocket and The Renegades - Lonely Jew At Christmas
  10. Ruth Sutherland - The Coventry Carol
  11. The Horsewig Singers - The Holidaze
  12. Trickbag - Merry Christmas Baby
  13. Vader's Raiders - Older By Year And Younger By Soul
  1. Carl Didur and Mike McLean - O Christmas Tree
  2. Chloe and Tom Forsyth - The Man With The Bag
  3. Chris Wheeler, James Gannett and Matt Burns - Mr. Grinch Medley
  4. Dave Rave - Come On Now (It's Christmas)
  5. Doug Feaver - Christmas Night
  6. Doug Feaver - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  7. Hailee Rose - I Cannot Wait
  8. James Anthony - All I Want For Christmas
  9. Kyle Kuchmey - Music from Edward Scissorhands
  10. Lester Smith - Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without My Missus)

    Links: Les SmithMore Les Smith StoriesVideo above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

  11. Rick Andrew - Alone At Christmas Blues
  12. Robin Magder (aka Rocket) - Lowdown Christmas
  13. Ruth Sutherland - Carol of the Bells
  14. Scott McLeod and Alistair Shields - Jelly of the Month
  15. The Sheanderthals - Glasgow's Cryin' (Teenage Head cover)
  16. Tim Gibbons - Like An Old Christmas Tree
  17. Trickbag - Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas? (Staples Singers cover)

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hamilton's Piper Hayes Creates Beautiful Ethereal Soundscape on New Album

There's a lot of folky acoustic goodness in Piper and Carson, the latest album from Hamilton's Piper Hayes. The Hammertown songwriter teamed up with her partner Carson Ritcey-Thorpe and recorded the album live off the floor. The relaxed atmosphere gives the songs room to breathe and express themselves.

It's also a bit of a concept album as the tunes depict a full day from beginning to end. The storytelling is incredible featuring a tribute to her late mother, protest songs and more. The duo manage to tell their tale and create a beautiful, ethereal, organic soundscape.

Helping them along is Chris Bartos (producer, multiple instruments), Kevin Neal (pedal steel) and Leah Ritcey-Thorpe (backup vocals).

You can get this magical album from the online shop or Piper's Bandcamp page. Hamilton music shops Cheapies and Dr. Disc also carry it. It's also available through iTunes and cdbaby.

Stream the album below

Click here if you can't see the player above

Blast from the Past: Piper on Barber Shop Podcast + More Stories

Links: Piper Hayes, More Piper Hayes Stories, Videos above courtesy of Piper HayesMore Releases

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hamilton's David Gerry Passes

Picture courtesy of David's website
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hamilton flutist David Gerry (aka David Royce-Gerry), who passed away on December 4, 2017 after a brave fight with adenocarcinoma. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. A memorial concert is being planned for 2018.

Before his passing, he was interviewed by the Hamilton Spectator. Click here for the story.

Click here for the Spectator obituary.

Here are a few reactions from Facebook:

Suzuki Method Northern Ireland
Thank you so much David Royce-Gerry for all your amazing work for SECE research and the whole of the Suzuki world. I had the pleasure of hearing David speak at the 2013 Convention in Matsumoto and he was incredibly inspirational. Sending lots of love to his family and friends.
Symphony on the Bay
Rest in peace, our dear friend and inspiration teacher and musician, David Royce-Gerry. There is a place in our orchestra-family heart that you will always occupy. We extend our sympathies to David's husband Jonathan Royce-Gerry, mother Lucy Gerry and all of David's family, friends, students, and colleagues.
David's career highlight include:

Video above courtesy of Judith Shedden

Video above courtesy of AndreaCannonGuitar

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Yodelin' Slim Clark's 100th Birthday

Picture Courtesy of Athol Daily News
Today (December 11, 2017) would have been Yodelin' Slim Clark's 100th birthday.

From Wikipedia (abridged):
In 1936, he went on the air as "Wyoming Buck" and a few months later the radio station manager renamed him "Yodeling Slim Clark" - which was his trademark throughout his career. 
Though primarily known as a single act, Slim's bands included the "Red River Rangers", "The Trailriders" and "The Trailsmen". 
During his very active career, Slim recorded over 25 albums. Copies of his old 78s are in the Library at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and have become collector's items. After a partial retirement in the early 1970s, he recorded for Palomino Records and played many festivals during the summertime.
Slim won the World Yodeling Championship in 1947 and was inducted into the Yodeler's Hall of Fame, He was a member of the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame. 
Here's a comment from Tiny Bill Cody:
Yodelin' Slim Clark was one of a handful of people who introduced me to the novelty tune "She Taught Me to Yodel" (there is a superlative version by Kenny Roberts I think, but regardless).  I kind of love the postmodern edge of these kinds of songs.
I'm yodelling a song whose lyrics are about the fact that i'm yodelling (is there any other kind of singing that is so self-referential?). I also love the notion of someone being so entranced by yodelling that they wouldn't even attempt it without going to switzerland to be inititated.   These things give yodeling its otherworldly power--its status as a thing that is comical yet also enchanted--a kind of benevolent magic.
I don't consider myself a good yodeller, but I am good enough to understand its value as a kind of enchantment.  God bless Slim for being so committed to the form.
Here are some videos from the man himself:

Links: Yodelin' Slim Clark, Videos above courtesy of mrblindfreddy9999

More 100th Birthday Celebrations

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hamilton's Carl Horton Passes

Picture courtesy of Carl's Facebook page
It is with sadness that we announce that Hamilton musician Carl Horton passed away recently.  Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

UPDATE! Hamilton Spectator story about Carl's passing

UPDATE! A musical celebration of his life will be at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton on Wednesday, December 13 (2 pm)
Carl started his professional music career in 1979. Highlights includes scoring numerous films/TV shows, creating over 450 advertising jingles, teaching, session work, arranging, directing and much more. He's performed for politicians and royalty.  Click here for more detailed bio.

Carl was beloved by many in the Hamilton music community. Here are a few comments from social media:

Jude Johnson (Carl's longtime musical partner): 
My heart is dear friend...musical partner for 35 brother...Carl Horton....a King of a man...unbearable loss for his beloved Tina and daughters Ali and Annie ...our community has lost a great soul...there are no words....
Adrean Farrugia
Carl was one of my teachers at Mohawk College in the 90’s. He was a beloved teacher, and musician—always enthusiastic about music and supportive of others. I’m sad to hear that he’s gone. I’ll miss him. It’s a reminder to make the best of each day as we never know how long we’ll be here.
My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Carl and thanks for the friendship and inspiration.
We will add more comments as we find them.

Video above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

To honour his legacy, here are some of his students performing an original tune they wrote.

Video above courtesy of Altheta Rutherford

Blast from the Past: Carl Horton and Friends Perform at Pine Street Gardens

Links: Carl Horton, More Carl Horton StoriesJude JohnsonMore Jude Johnson Stories,

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

News Roundup, Part 2: Canada and World (Patrick Bourgeois, Awards, CBC's Top Albums, Passings)

Click here for News Roundup, Part 1: Local

Picture courtesy of SOCAN
Links: Les BB, Video above courtesy of UnidiscMusic


Highlights below. Click title above for complete winner list

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Help Local Artists Win the 2017 No Depression Readers Poll! VOTE! Deadline Dec 15

International Americana online magazine No Depression is holding their annual year-end readers poll (for best album) and a few local artists on on the ballot.

This includes:
Other Canadians on the ballot include:
Acts can also be added to the ballot during the voting process so if there are any artists you'd like recognized, this is your chance!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

News Roundup (Ben Bowman, Easy Lemon, The Band, Canadian Grammy Nods)

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      Wednesday, November 29, 2017

      Merle Travis' 100th Birthday

      Wednesday, November 29, 2017 would have been Merle Travis' 100th birthday.

      Recently, we asked a number of local musicians for comments about this legendary country performer.  Here are a few responses:

      Marty Allen
      Merle Travis, the template of Americana. It still moves me so!
      Shawn Brush
      Travis picking… How many people have a style named after them?
      Ty Baynton
      Merle Travis was a great songwriter and unique guitar player. I still use his picking style now and then while playing acousticly at shows or radio spots and I'm sure he influenced many other players as well.
      Jonathan Knight (Soulstack)
      Merle Travis is one of the cornerstones of my guitar playing. Travis picking was one of my first few chosen challenges and it's still part of my practise routine everyday
      Tim McDonald (of the Barn Katz) responded with his cover of Merle's biggest hit: 16 Tons.

      Links: Barn Katz, More Barn Katz StoriesVideo above courtesy of Tim McDonald

      Here are a few videos from the man himself.

      Video above courtesy of antonichkov

      Video above courtesy of justformusicvideos

      Video above courtesy of TVHotRock

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