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South Country Fair Songwriting Contest finals this week

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There are lots of awesome local shows by local bands happening this week.

The Shaela Miller Threesome plays the Slice, Thursday, May 13 with the Record Holder. And the Skilletlikkers play on Friday, May 14 with the Granzow Brothers.Heather Blush caps off the South Country Fair Songwriting  cometition finals, May 15. Photo submitted

Probably the biggest show this weekend is at the Slice, May 15 where the winners of this year’s South Country Fair Competition will be chosen. All of the finalists will be performing their songs for a panel of judges and Heather Blush and the Uppercuts will be closing off the night.
The semi-finalists are, for the beginner’s category, are: Ryan Dyck — Four White Walls (Hospice Blues);
Jolene Draper — Deal Breakin' Shake; Steve Foord — The Cricket Song (death to the san!); Bruce Allan Roome — Ride Away (Why Should I Stay); Robert Mulder — One of Those Days; Roy Sternhagen & Rick Mogg — Cowboy's Dream; Tyler Bird — Sleep; Brenna Lowrie — The Slipping.
 The the experienced category, or artists who have released a commercial CD, the semi-finalists are: Jon Martin — Razor Heart Strings; Ira Provost — True North's Strong; Richard Leigh Doerksen — Love Shapes; Gaven Moore — The Wise Open Eyes; Karen Romanchuk — Go On Now Go; Sidney York — Roll With Me; Cort Delano — Finest Suit in Town and Chris Gheran — No Milk Today.

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Kelliane excited about new CD

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Lethbridge pop rocker Kelliane Litchfield is excited about releasing her new CD, ‘Say It’ which was officially released at a CD release party April 30 at the Blarney Stone.
Kelliane performing at Mood, Jan. 29. Photo by Richard Amery“It was standing room only, so that surprised  us,” Kelliane said, adding her band, including husband Curtis Litchfield on guitar and vocals, drummer/guitarist/vocalist David LeBel, Kate LeRocque on keyboards and vocals and Jaron Hearty on bass and cello, recorded the CCD in their own studio with Curtis and LeBel handling recording and producer duties.


“It’s been about two years since I formed the band and we began writing songs,” she said adding after many years of playing popular  cover hits all over the world, including six months overseas  playing in Asia with a Phillipine band which toured South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Phillipines.
“My belief  from the beginning was if you get a record deal, they provide the songs, so I just performed cover material but at the same time I started singing jingles and met Grammy award winning producer Ian Price,” she said adding she just decided to start writing her own material.


“ I decided to just do it and put the music out there. And if people like it, then great. If not, it doesn’t matter. I wrote all of the lyrics and the band does all of the instrumentation,” she said noting  most of the 100 CDs they had pressed sold out at the  release party.
“We thought we’d  have enough to sell throughout the summer,” she continued adding the band will get more CDs done.


“We have another order placed. The goal now is to build a following and get some exposure,” she said adding they are in the midst of booking gigs for the summer which they can fit in around their day jobs. She enjoys playing in a band with her husband.
“It gives us something to do on the weekend,” she laughed.
 The music has a strong upbeat  Pat Benetar early ’80s  rock sound to it, though  she grew up listening to more modern Top 40 music as her father used to be a DJ on The River 107.7 FM. So she is influenced by everything from Christina Aguilera to 30 Seconds From Mars.

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Laugh Rebel nothing to laugh at

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While Mammoth Cave Fest  2 drew a lot of people, Sunday, there was a more sedate but no less enjoyable show at Mocha Cabana with Nelson/ North Bay folk /pop duo Laugh Rebel. Laugh Rebel played to an intimate audience at the Mocha Cabana. Photo by Richard Amery

A handful of people in attendance enjoyed some sweet vocal harmonies, some laid back drumming and a strong KT  Tunstall vibe as  Jennifer Plummer and Jen Courchesne switched instruments and sang pretty original music, including  selections from their new six song EP, ‘Leave Again.’ The title track was a highlight as was another one called ‘Real Vibe.’
The duo, who have been playing together on and off since 2006, are touring their way over to Prince Edward Island over the next month.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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John Henrys love their roots rock

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Rey Sabatin Jr. lead vocalist /mandolinist of  the John Henrys, who play the Slice, May 6, gets asked all the time how a band from Ottawa can play country music.The John Henrys play the Slice, May 6. Photo submitted
“We have a lot of woodland around Ottawa. We’re always surrounded by country, but we’re not really a country band, we’re a roots rock band especially on the new CD,” Sabatin chuckled from a  hotel in Thunder Bay where he was dedicating the day to doing press interviews.


“We’re a working class  rock and roll band,” he continued adding the band’s new CD, their second official CD,  ‘White Linen’ is  getting good response.

Their debut is long out of print, though some of the songs live on in the live show and one of them, ‘Dawson City’ is even on the latest CD.
“We’re getting a lot of positive feedback. People are already calling out for  songs on stage,” he added noting the band spent a lot more time in the studio recording their new CD on analog equipment.


“We must have played them 100 times. But we had a healthier budget so we were able to let the songs create themselves in the studio as well,” he said.

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Little Miss Higgins plays quirky, laid back jazz and blues

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Thought the sky looked ominous, a good sized crowd caught an affable, laid back jazz and blues fueled, performance by Little Miss Higgins, April 29.Little Miss Higgins takes a solo from the top of a table, April 29. Photo By Richard Amery
 Higgins, Foy Taylor and stand up bassist Joey Lorer playing to a backdrop of ‘Bargain Shop panties’ hanging from a clothesline  hanging across the stage began with a set of older material.

Higgins and Taylor traded jazzy/bluesy lead licks, though there wasn’t as much impressive guitar pyrotechnics from Higgins as  there usually is. Her sexy, sultry, jazzy voice was in fine form as played slinky slide guitar as she  coyly flirted with Taylor, who  stomped out a beat on a wooden box on the floor while trading guitar solos.

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