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Chief Mountain return to Owl Acoustic Lounge

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 Chief Mountain  rocked the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, Sept. 14. Chief Mountain playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept.14. photo bY Richard Amery

I only caught the end of the local  punk band’s set for a packed house.

But, as they did last week at the Slice, played a tight set of punk and surf music. A highlight was about  the back to the future DeLorean time machine.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 September 2018 09:40 )

Jo Jo O and the Woods bringing a piece of England back to tour Alberta

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Jo Jo O and the Woods, may be from Lacombe, but they are bringing a little bit of England back to them for their first Lethbridge show, Oct. 2 with the Silkstones at the Slice.
“We’re usually a duo,” observed lead singer Jo Jo O’Donoghue who is joined by guitarist Rylan Woods.

Jo Jo O and the Woods play the Slice, Oct. 2. Photo submitted
 But for this quick Alberta tour, including stops in their home town of Lacombe, Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge, they will be joined by Isle of Wight musicians lead guitarist Keir Hicks, bassist Max Battista and drummer Andy Barker.
 The trio will be supporting them on their tour in support of their new CD “MoonChild,” though they don’t appear on the CD.

“We recorded another CD with them when we were in England. But we recorded this one here with Nich Davies, drummer and producer and Kurtis Cockerill on bass. But they couldn’t join us on this tour because they are touring with other people,” O’Donaghue continued.

They usually play in the United Kingdom and Europe.
“Though we we’re from Lacombe, We both have dual citizenship. Mine is Irish and Rylan’s is English, so that opens a lot of doors for us,” she said.

“We’ve taken advantage of that. Otherwise, if you tour the U.S., you need to get visas. Audiences are so passionate there. There’s more people there and the distances are shorter,” she said.
“We played Spain and audiences there are so passionate. Going out to shows is more a part of their culture. So they might not be there to hear you, but they really listen,” she observed.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:55 ) Read more...

Music from the UK and the Necessities reunion happening this week

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September has flown by. This week, a little bit of England comes to Lethbridge. Scottish singer/songwriter Simon Kempston visits the Slice on Saturday, Sept. 29 with  Tyson Ray Borsboom.

The Glacticas return to the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Kempston, originally from Dundee, calls  Edinburgh home. He is a talented finger style guitarist who has won awards and released nine CDs.
 Later on, Lacombe duo Jo-Jo O and The Woods make their Lethbridge debut at the Slice, Oct. 2. They spend most of their year touring Europe and The United Kingdom. They will be bringing a trio of Isle of Wight musicians to help them release their new CD  MoonChild. The show begins at 9 p.m.

But first, end September with laughter at the monthly comedy open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Owl also features a poetry open mic on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Bluesman Darryl Düus plays one last show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with his own band  on Friday, Sept. 28 before heading back home to B.C.

Calgary geek punks the Galacticas  return to the Slice, Sept. 28 as well. Local punk band Sessions will be joining them.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:04 ) Read more...

Boots and the Hoots host Windy City Opry

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Windy City Opry shows start early at the Slice, so I don’t catch  much of them on Wednesday, as was the case on Sept. 12.

Sometimes I get lucky and the band play an extended Boots and the Hoots hosting the Windy City Opry, Sept. 12. photo by Richard Ameryencore, which wasn’t the case with guest host Boots and the Hoots and the full band.

Boots was a real trouper, perched on a stool and performing, as he broke his leg in three places a couple weeks ago.

 I caught the last two songs including a a great version of The Big Bopper penned George Jones hit “White Lightning.”

They had a great turnout of attentive folks out on a Wednesday night. I missed the opening set from Lance Loree and his wife Toby.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:41 )

John Wort Hannam opens Geomatic Attic season with heartfelt folk from new CD

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John Wort Hannam premiered his hot new CD “Acres of Elbow Room for a packed and sweltering Geomatic Attic, to open their new season on Sunday, Sept. 9.

John Wort Hannam playing a full house at the Geomatic Attic, Sept. 9. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hannam and his tight band of upright bassist Jason Valleau, drummer Jon May and keyboardist Steve Fletcher, played several  tracks from the new CD including the new single “ Key of D minor” and the title track. I missed the first couple of songs and the opening set from Skinny Dyck and Carter Felker.

The ever so earnest Hannam joked and told stories. Jon May’s piano playing was just right especially on the outstanding “Key of D Minor.” they picked up the pace and the humour with “Wild Young Things.”

 Another highlight was his Kasey Chambers cover “The Quiet Life.”

 Hannam dug deep into his repertoire with the more country rock stylings of “Meat Draw,” which was a highlight. Another  old song “poor man” was another more countryish highlight which featured drummer Jon May coming to the front of the stage to play tambourine.

They introduced a new song called “I Believe” which was inspired by the mass shooting at the big country concert in las Vegas earlier this year.

 Hannam picked pretty acoustic guitar licks throughout.

 He noted he wasn’t going to do the fake leaving the stage and returning  for an encore bit that most bands do, and so ended an uplifting show with “ That’s life” from the new CD and sent everyone home with “Ain’t Enough.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:34 )
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