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October Poppy pumped to return to Lethbridge this week

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Vernon based folk/ indie pop musician Eryn Kleyh aka October Poppy makes her second visit to Lethbridge in about as many months when she plays Megan Rourke’s masquerade party at the Slice, Nov. 16.

October Poppy (Eryn Kleyh)  October Poppy (Eryn Kleyh) and Meagan May at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 15. October Poppy returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Ameryand Meagan May at the Owl Acoustic lou8nge, Sept. 15. October Poppy returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
“When I was playing Vancouver last week, people were asking me what they high points and low points and the high point was Lethbridge and getting to share the stage with three kick ass women (Kimberley MacGregor and Jenny Allen at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Sept. 15). It was my first time playing out of province anywhere as October Poppy. But I spent a few years living in Calgary, so I’m no stranger to Alberta,” she said from Vernon,  taking a break from her day job as a silversmith. She will spend the winter making silver jewelry, working at the local  ’80s and ’90s radio station the Beach and working on a new EP, including the first single “Howl.”

“I wrote Howl when I was driving down to Colorado to visit my best friend. I was driving home all alone and thinking about a major life change, so when I got back, I moved  from Vancouver to Vernon,” she said, adding she moved back home  with her parents and younger sister.
“The best thing is, everyone in my family is musical as well. My younger sister plays violin and piano and sings as well. So when we sing together, it’s the closest I can come to singing harmonies with myself,” she said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:07 ) Read more...

Seas brings together members of Moneen and many other bands

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Seas returns to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic lounge, Monday, Nov. 19 in support of their brand new record “Cursed,” which was just released, Nov. 9.Seas visit Lethbridge, Nov. 19. Photo Submitted
 “Five years ago, I had a pretty serious accident. I had a lot of bad things happen to me that year. So  a lot of the lyrics stem from that period of time, when I was stuck on my couch and couldn’t do anything,” said guitarist/vocalist Crisp Hughes, who is also part of 2000 alternative rock band Moneen.

He will be flying out with guitarist Adrian Mottram, who produced  the new record, to join drummer Clay Shea from the band Choke and Black Mastiff and drummer Tristan Helgason from Molten Lava! and Pet  Blessings, who form the backbone of Seas for their 11 date Western Canadian tour.

Hughes noted Moneen and Seas share some similarities.
“Most of Seas, Eric Hughes and Peter Krpan are also in Moneen, but it‘s different because I play a more of a songwriting role in Seas, while I didn’t in Moneen, because Kenny (Bridges, Moneen vocalist/guitarist) is such a great songwriter. But there are some similarities. I come from a more ’90s indie rock perspective,” he said.

“ And I’m more the atmosphere guy. I produced the album and Crisp asked me to play guitar with the band,” added Adrian Mottram,  who is also in the band Sights and Sounds.
“I’m happy to just play guitar in Seas. I’m more of a songwriter in Sights and Sounds,” he said.
 They have played Lethbridge a lot.
“Moneen used to play  Lethbridge a lot in the 2000s,” Hughes said.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 November 2018 23:55 ) Read more...

Manitoba musician Carly Dow to make Lethbridge debut this week

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Manitoba folk musician Carly Dow is enjoying her current tour which comes to the Slice, Tuesday, Nov. 13.Carly Dow makes her Lethbridge debut this week. Photo submitted
“It’s been great, we’re two thirds of the way through it,” Dow said from Vancouver.
 She is touring in support of her second CD “Comet,” with her trio including bassist Ashley Au and guitarist Darwin Baker. she also plays guitar and banjo and sings.
“So we have three part harmonies, which are great,” she said.

“ I’ve played with Ashley for five years and Darwin engineered the last two of my albums,” she said.
She is pleased with the tour and the response to the new CD, which was released, Oct. 19.

“It’s 10 tracks. It‘s all of my original material.  A lot of the songs are about people and their relationships to their natural surroundings,” she said.
“Musically it is similar to my last album,” she added, adding it has received positive response.

“ For the past two weeks it’s been at the top of the roots and blues charts. So that’s exciting,” she said.
Her band mates figure prominently on the album, but there are a few special guests.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 November 2018 16:41 ) Read more...

Adequate add the funk to the comedy for Halloween

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Local funk rock  trio Adequate split Halloween night with the owl Acoustic Lounge’s monthly comedy open mic for Halloween, Oct. 31.Adequate getting funky for Halloween at the Owl Scoustic Lounge, Oct. 31. Photo by Richard Amery
 As expected the place was packed with an assortment of costumed revellers including aliens, monsters and Starfleet Command.

 As the comedians warmed up the audience, Adequate warmed up by improvising backing music to comedian and host Lakshijit Singh Gill’s  routine covering topics as diverse as India and airports.

 They laid down the funk with an assortment of catchy, toe tapping ’70s style funk and disco music. Their set was familiar, but as usual I enjoyed their mash up of a variety of tunes including the theme form Shaft and  the theme to the TV show Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:51 )

Birds of Chicago and Steve Dawson play beautiful show of folk

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The Geomatic Attic was hopping this past week, but I only caught one show and was lucky to  have made it for that.
I missed the opening act, but was excited to catch the always lovely Birds of of Chicago, made even more beautiful by the addition of guitar maestro Steve Dawson to the fold of JT Nero and Alison Russell.
 They opAlison Russell doing double duty on clarinet and banjo at the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Ameryened a stultifyingly beautiful set dripping with stories and oozing dollops of soul from Russell’s gorgeous voice, with the upbeat “Alright Alright.”

Russell alternated singing lead vocals with her husband and they each added perfect vocal harmonies throughout.

Dawson added guitar pyrotechnics with  fabulous fingerpicking and cascades of crystalline harmonics. He added subtle slide guitar to a couple of songs on, which focused on their last two CD including “Love in Wartime” and “American Flowers”, which they recorded in Dawson’s Henhouse studio in their new home of Nashville.

 They played such a mellow set that I was nodding off. Surprisingly, though “Love In Wartime” is their new rock album, the brighter, more up tempo moments came from the acoustic “American Flower.”
Nero noted there needs to be more love in the world, so Russell crooned out “Superlover.”

 She was all the more impressive as her voice dripped dollops of soul, but she alternated between banjo and clarinet, sometimes in the same song. A couple of the highlights were that song as well as the title track and “Lodestar.”

 Another highlight was a rare cover which  they recorded for “American Flowers” featuring Dawson and Russell while Nero left the stage to “visualize the rest of the set.”
The duo played a beautiful bilingual version of Hoagy Carmichael’s jazz standard “Stardust (Etoile d’Amour.)”
 Nero told a touching story about a good friend and inspiration who died too young and played a tribute song he wrote for him called “Hold Steady, Rock Slow.” also from the “American Flowers” CD.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:46 )
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