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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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Düus blues band in fine form

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 At Jimmy’s Pub on the south side, May 1,  Daryll  Düus and his band were in fine form.

They had theThe Düus  Blues band and special guest Jackie French had people dancing, May 1 at Jimmy’s Pub. Photo by Richard Amery remnants of a frenetic crowd dancing up a storm. Düus grinned ear to ear , while wandering through the crowd playing  slide guitar with assorted bottles, jumping on a chair and soloing from there,  then went right out the door and played a solo from the street.


He asked Fast Times’ Jackie French up on stage to perform a couple numbers including  ZZ Top’s ‘Tush’ and a moving version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Dead Flowers.’ Then he went outside again for another solo.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Two Spirit Sage shares songs and stories

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There was an intimate show at the Wolf’s Den , May 1 featuring Gary and Maura Bourdon with hostLeon Barr and Two Spirit Sage. Photo By Richard Amery Two Spirit Sage and  local bluesman Leon Barr.
 I caught the second half of the show which featured Barr and Two Spirit Sage trading  songs, with Two Spirit Sage adding some Native American flute to Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door.’  

Barr also played  some John Fogerty as well as two originals he co-wrote with his wife Wendy Faith, including  ‘Spare Change’ and a neat one called  ‘Summertime Alley Rag.’


Two Spirit Sage played some  hypnotic native drums and told the approximately 20 people in attendance that everything in nature is connected and then told stories about being part of a Sundance ceremony and about being a two spirited person, who are known for being healers, therapists and counsellors.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 May 2010 11:23 )
 
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