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Sean Burns and band play toe tapping traditional country

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Winnipeg based country and roots musician Sean Burns gets better every time I see him. Lately that is every couple of months as he tends to play handfuls of gigs around a regular gig at Casino Lethbridge, where he was this past weekend in addition to the Windy City Opry at the Slice, on Wednesday, July 11.

Sean Burns returned to the Slice for the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, July 11. Photo by Richard Amery
 As usually with the early starting Opry shows, I only catch the end of them due to being on the air from 8-10.

Luckily, Burns and a crack band including steel guitarist Ryan Skinny Dyck, drummer Tyler Bird, bassist Paul Holden and lead guitarist Ryan Funk were in the mood to play a lot.

 They had a decent Wednesday night audience of around 40 people two stepping to  upbeat tracks from his new CD “Lost Country: Music for Taverns, Bars and Honky Tonks,” heartfelt ballads several trucking songs and, of course, country classics like “Swinging Doors” and “Streets of Bakersfield.”

 He wound things down around 11 p.m. with one of the songs from his new CD “ Don’t Let the Highway Get you Lost.”

Dyck played sighing steel guitar while Funk added hot guitar solos throughout.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:25 )

Mayhemingways play eclectic Tuesday night show

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I was glad to get out on a Tuesday for Peterborough Folk duo Mayhemingways’ July 10 show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as I missed their February show.Benj Rowlands playing accordion with The Mayhemingways at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 10 Photo by Richard Amery
 But I still missed their first set.
 Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Benj Rowland and drummer percussionist Josh Frewings played a variety of songs from their latest CD “Skip Land,” a highlight called  “Alberta Rose and  a few choice covers.

 Rowland took turns on Tenor guitar, banjo and accordion, while stomping rhythm on bass pedals while Frewings added harmonies and pounded out the beat with a delicate hand.

 Rowland played some excellent clawhammer banjo for a couple of songs and switched to accordion for exceptional covers of Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City, which were worth the Tuesday night out on their own.

— By Richard Amery, LA. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:52 )

Clayton and Joelle share marital bliss though song and stories

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Cranbroook couple Clayton and Joelle returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday to  sing gorgeous harmonies and chat with an engaging crowd abut their newlywed bliss, Friday, July 6.

Clayton and Joelle at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,  July 6. Photo by Richard Amery
I only caught the last song from local songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom, who opened the show with a solo set of music and had the audience clapping along with his last song.

Clayton Parsons and Joelle Winkel have got married since their last visit to Lethbridge, so their show was about love and marital bliss.
 Parsons strummed guitar for most of the set while Joelle added sweet harmonies, picking up a guitar a little later.

 They played roots and country music and even had a touch of gospel.

In between songs they told stories about meeting as the eldest members of the Good Ol’ Goats and talked about their marriage, with Joelle gushing about her new husband’s ability to make beautiful music out of challenging situations. Clayton followed that up by playing a song about his new bride.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:38 )

Honey Tongues bring a variety of sweet circus jazz and pop

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Saxophonist Jen Davidson brought back a lot of happy memories July 6 at the Slice, as she brought her new band, Vancouver music collective the Honey Tongues to be the soundtrack to an art show opening of new works by Laurel Scott decorating the walls of the Slice.

Jen Davidson with Honey Tongues at the Slice, July 6. Photo by Richard Amery
 I remember her playing many a great show with circus jazz folk group Blackberry Wood, and she brought the same gleeful intensity to the stage with the Honey Tongues. The orchestra played a wild set of jazz tinged roots music with  lots of banjo, fiddle, upright bass, keyboard and saxophone.

They played an array of musical styles, with a touch of ’80s synth pop which reminded me a little of the B-52s in places and smooth sultry jazz in other places and straight ahead R and B music in others.

They had a lot of energy as various band members raced across the stage to sing and whistle into different microphones and play a variety of different instruments.

“ Waking the Dead” was an uptempo highlight.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:29 )

Shelter Me: Party in the Park marks relatively slow mid July week in Lethbridge

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Most of the town shuts down this week due to the South Country Fair in Fort Macleod. At least the music going portion of Lethbridge, most of whom go to Fort Macleod to take in three days of great music and good vibes. So the two main music venues, the Slice and The Owl Acoustic Lounge close as their staff, owners and most of their regulars all make an extended weekend out of South Country Fair.Fox Mandy performs for shelter me: Party in the park on Saturday, July 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 Even Honker’s Pub is shutting down their weekly  Friday night and Saturday afternoon for the weekend as most of their hosts will be at the Fair. Open mics resume at Honker’s next week, though they are also taking the August long weekend off.

The Fair features an outstanding line-up as usual including local musicians  John Wort Hannam and Shaela Miller, plus Richard Inman, Wine Soaked Preachers Geoff Berner, Kris Demeanor and Carolyn Mark, Hank and Lily, The Vaudevillian, Amy Nelson, the Red Hot Hayseeds and Spanish/ based Canadian/Cuban and France flamenco group Fin de Fiesta Flamenco, who also play Casa on July 25.
If you aren’t going to South Country Fair, Galt Gardens hosts Shelter Me: Party in the Park, July 21. There will be concessions, a dunk tank, an open air market, bouncy castles and kids activities. There will also be live entertainment beginning at 10:30 with Zumba Lethbridge,Thomas Chiefmoon, singer/belly dancer/ Maddie Young, local rappers the Battlepark Super Crew (lRev, ONTK, $am Hill, Shed Beat boys and JPB) and 21st ave follow. Fox Mandy winds up the entertainment at 2 p.m.

On the weekend, Suzanne Scott will be playing country music at Casino Lethbridge.
Guitarist James Oldenburg and Andrea Walker perform a special afternoon show at Plum on Saturday, July 21 from noon-2 p.m.
 Another option is the annual Coutts Centre Arts Festival happening Sunday, July 22.

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