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The Fugitives are poetry in motion

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Vancouver folk/ roots band/ poets The Fugitives are looking forward to returning to Lethbridge for the first time in a year and a half.
“We actually didn’t play there last tour,” said Fugitive member Brendan McLeod, on a fading phone connection from somewhere in the middle of the Canadian shield.

They will be playing Henotic, April 28 — one of the last stops on their tour.the Fugitives Play Henotic on Wednesday.
“It (the tour) has been great. We went all the way out to PEI and now we’re coming back,” said the Calgary born McLeod, adding audiences have responded well to their brand new CD ‘Eccentrically We Love,’  which was just released at the end of March.

The Fugitives, including Brendan McLeod, Barbara Adler, Adrian Glynn and Steven Charles, are all multi-instrumentalists  who use an array of different sounds and musical styles to back their poetry.
Macleod is  an award winning slam poet, while Barbara Adler was a CBC's poet laureate which meant she was commissioned to write a few poems for CBC.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 April 2010 15:04 ) Read more...

Library Voices play upbeat pop music

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 If you are going to listen to pop music, it should be of the kind played by Regina’s Library Voices, who would likely be kicked out of the library for being way too loud.Library Voices put on an exciting show, April 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 But their April 20 show at Henotic was the good kind of loud. They had three keyboardists, a drummer, a manic bassist, two guitarists and a saxophonist/ trumpeter, who  played catchy pop music just about perfectly. They had magnificent , multi-voiced vocal harmonies and spared no energy.

The bassist was leaping off the drum kit and the keyboardist on the floor in front of the stage had his head down, and was in the groove.
The musicians all played well off of each other, each knowing their parts and when to play them.
They had the enthusiastic audience up and dancing and in places singing along. I particularly enjoyed their song ‘Party Like it’s 2012.’

Another drummer joined them on stage for a number, which helpedraw a n exuberant set to a close just before midnight.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 14:38 ) Read more...

The Mighty Popo hosts evening of laid back African music

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Approximately 35 people took in an evening of laid back African music and stories at the Geomatic Attic, April 14. Toronto based Rwandan musician the Mighty Popo was a a charming and engaging host throughout the show. He said The Mighty Popo was in a laid back African groove, April 15. Photo by Richard Ameryhe was suffering from a cold and upon hearing one of the  audience members coughing, gave her a Fisherman’s Friend in between songs.
In between  that, he told  stories about traditional Rwandan music and set down a laid back hypnotic groove with the help of his percussionist Kofi who played rhythm on a cajon he sat upon. 

Popo was playing a weird looking guitar made out of a gourd, which replicated the sound of traditional Rwandan instrument called an inanga. So he told stories about that. His trio added pretty cool traditional vocal harmonies which meant to a pretty relaxing and educational evening.

The Geomatic Attic has another excellent show this week, April 24 with jazz and blues guitarist Gaye Delorme. Tickets cost $20 for members, $25 at the door. the show begins at 8 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 14:04 )

Manzik and band beam ear to ear while singing the blues

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Billy Manzik beams ear to ear. Photo by Richard AmeryThunder Bay based folk/ bluesman Billy Manzik  returned to the Slice, April 15 to introduce people to some of the music from his latest CD ‘All Together Now’. He beamed ear to ear as he played a few originals and some unusual arrangements of covers for approximately 30 people.

He borrowed  a couple of musicians who usually play with Dave McCann and the Firehearts. Wicked pedal steel player Charlie Hase, who looked like he couldn’t have been happier anywhere else and drummer Tim Williams completely rocked it country style.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:52 ) Read more...

Spoon River and Rodney Decroo add rock feel to original country music

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The Slice  was also in a folk/country mood, April 16, with Spoon River and Rodney Decroo.Spoon River vocalist Tavis Eachan Triance. Photo by Richard Amery
 Vancouver country tinged rock band Spoon River was superb, they sounded similar to Blue Rodeo with quite a bit of the band. Unfortunately there were only  about 30 people there.
 They  brought back the spirit of the ’60s and ’70s with tortured yet soulful vocals and  catchy riffs some mournful lap steel guitar plus some excellent vocal harmonies.They played quite a bit of music off their debut CD “Kingdom of  the Burned” as well as some newer songs  including  a touching one called ‘I Miss My Friend.’Rodney DeCroo and his band rock the country. Photo by Richard 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:24 ) Read more...
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