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Derina Harvey Band ready to get your toes tapping and hands clapping

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Edmonton based Celtic band the Derina Harvey  Band are excited to return to the Slice, Jan. 19.

The Derina Harvey band return to the Slice, Jan 19. Photo by Richard Amery
They have added  a new member to the family in  new fiddle player Jessica Blenis.

“ Our other fiddle player moved to a different part of the province. We’ve played with a lot of different fiddle players. She played her first gig with us last weekend in Fort McMurray. Though she has got on stage with us before,” observed lead singer Derina Harvey.

“ She’s from New Brunswick, so we’re still the most authentic eastern band in the west,” Harvey continued, adding the transplanted Newfoundlanders released two CDs including their most recent “Rove and Go” in 2016, has been playing together for many years.

“ Me and Steve (Pinsent, drummer) were in the same music program in 1998 where we met our guitar player Scott (Greene) who was in the recording program. As it happens, he has been playing with our bass player Ed Smith since they were 14, so we’ve been playing together for a long time. We’re like family,” she added.

They have spent most of the  year playing all around the province as well as into Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They returned to Newfoundland during a summer filled with festivals including the George Street Festival in St. John’s the North Country Fair in Driftpile, Alberta, Springfest in East Coulee, went to Ontario for the Ontario Contact in Petrolia and even played Yellowknife for the first time at the East Coast Garden party this summer under the midnight sun.

They enjoyed playing Newfoundland.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:29 ) Read more...

Adequate heat up miserable New Year’s Eve with a whole lot of funk

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New Year’s Eve was miserable and I wasn’t feeling well, so I only caught a couple of New Year’s Eve shindigs on a night of record setting cold.

: Adequate playing New Year’s Eve at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard Amery
 Adequate and Ben Price magic were just the trick to heat up New Year’s Eve at the Owl Acoustic Lounge Dec. 31.

 Adequate was well underway when I arrived around 9 p.m.

 They played their usual exuberant, funk fuelled, toe tapping set of R and B and soul music, and as usual, looked like they stepped through the smoke on stage right from the ’70s. And even though it was -32 in the shade, Adequate bassist Scott Mezei showed he was  in a summer kind of mood by wearing shorts.

 Drummer Keenan Pezderic sang most of the soulful number including an excellent version of Dr. John’s “Right place, Wrong Time,” though guitarist Josh Thorlakson sang “I’ve Got Sunshine.”

Mezei added the third harmony for “My Girl.”

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:09 )

The show goes on for Papa King despite semi rollover and chilly New Year‘s Eve

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Local bluesman Papa King Cole is a real trooper. Even though he was in a semi rollover the night before from which he escaped relatively unscathed, the New Year’s Eve show went on at the Slice, Dec. 31.

Understandably, King played the show sitting down, but still managed to kill it, singing the blues in his gravelly voice, passing most solo duties to Papa King playing the Slice for New Year’s Eve. Photo by Richard Amerykeyboardist Earl McAuley. Doug Freeman played groovy bass.

 They eased into the evening with one of my favourite King originals “Beale Street  Blues,” which King began solo before being joined by Freeman on bass.

 He followed it up with a solid set of original and traditional blues songs including another one of my favourite “Sugar Babe.”

He brought out the slide for a couple more Delta blues numbers. I enjoyed  “Going Down to memphis,” and “Mellow Down Easy.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:54 )

Bandemonium take the place of ailing Mwansa Mwansa

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Bandemonium warmed up a bone chillingly cold and miserable snowing night, Friday, Dec. 29 stepping in to play in place of Mwansa Mwansa, who had to cancel her scheduled show due to laryngitis.

Bandemonium playing R and B at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Dec. 29. Photo by Richard Amery
 I hadn’t seen Bandemonium for a while so was pleased to hear guitarist/ vocalist James Oldenburg, bassist Paul Holden,  drummer Brad Brouwer, lead vocalists Shawna Romolliwa and  Erica Hunt and keyboardist Don Ponech.

They played an array of popular ’70s hits including country and  R and B music.
Hunt and Romolliwa shared vocals on a cover of Jolene. Oldenburg followed that up with a beautiful version of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” as well as a re-arranged version of “Here Comes the Sun.”

Hunt followed that up with a funky, soulful number called “The Beat Goes On.”

Oldenburg answered with a smooth version of “Lay Down Sally.”
 They will be playing Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 19 and 20 if you missed them.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:32 )

Crooked Creek Warblers sing country on a chilly night

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 The Crooked Creek Warblers were in a folky kind of mood on a chilly blustery , Dec 29 at the Slice.

 Chris Drew and Gabriel Thaine added the big upright bass of Steve Martin to fill out the bottom end in a set full of excellent blues, Gabriel Thaine and Steve martin of the Crooked Creek Warblers. Photo by Richard Ameryroots and country music.

 Thaine and Drew took turns singing lead vocals. Drew’s “ If the Whiskey Don’t Kill Me” was an immediate crowd favourite for the intimate audience.

Thaine followed it up by a John Prine song which inspired it.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:16 )
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