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A  couple unique acts performed for  approximately a dozen people, Nov. 12 at the Slice, beginning with Thunder Bay musician Jean Paul De Roover, who was making unique and unusual music with PVC Language Arts melded classical music, jazz and lots of other influences. Photo By Richard Amerypipes, computers and delay loops and guitar which allowed him to harmonize with himself and  be a complete one man band.
Hillary Grist was a next with a  brief set of piano pop, which was a good introduction to Vancouver‘s Language Arts. She joined the band on stage to play some pop powered piano and  sang some excellent vocal harmonies with singer/guitarist Kristin Cudmore.
Language Arts performed a truly impressive blend of classical music and jazz improvisation with even a  touch of Caribbean  which were enhanced by beautiful vocal harmonies. Cudmore’s classical guitar melded well with some jazzy drumming and stand up bass playing  all made the music happen while her beaming smile made the night.
 They were  in the middle of the eight gig of an 11 day tour and on their way to play Broken City in Calgary.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:01 )

Shanneyganock bring a kitchen party to the Blarney Stone

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Newfoundland’s favourite party band, Shanneyganock brought a Maritime kitchen party to the Blarney Stone, Nov. 12.
 Turnout wasn’t as high as expected for their debut performance, as approximately 70 people, consisted mostly of Maritimers who were in the mood for a party, though not dancing, at first.Mark Hiscock of Shanneyganock. Photo by Richard Amery
After a brief set by an opening duo, who learned a handful of songs for this gig, it was time for Shanneyganock.
 The band, singer/guitarist Chris  Andrews, multi-instrumentalist  Mark Hiscock, bassist Bob Pike and drummer Mike Clarke warmed the crowd up with some upbeat traditional Celtic songs, “Fishing on the Lorry,” “I’se Da Bye” and “Whiskey in the Jar” as well as old American traditional songs and quite a few originals.
 And while Andrews, changed a broken string, Hiscock, who was alternating between three different concertinas, a banjo and  a mandolin throughout the show, entertained the crowd with some peppy instrumentals. After the  change they broke into something from their latest CD “VII,” “Skellara Hat.”
Their tight set showed  why they get compared to  the Great Big Sea, though I also heard a lot of similarities to Tanglefoot. They had some tight vocal harmonies, Andrews’ baritone and Hiscock’s tenor melded well especially on more country flavoured originals like “ A Town this Size.” which featured some choice mandolin licks.
—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Get up and play this week

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There are a lot of open mics this week beginning tonight at the Slice with progressive rock trio Lustre Creame (who tore up the Slice up  over the weekend) and Treeline’s Taylor Ackerman. Another open mic which is becoming more popular every week is at the 1010 every Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
Lustre Creame Bassist Williss Orriss played the SLice, Nov. 13. Photo By Richard AmeryLocal country duo Tom and Curt are at the Front Row Pub this weekend, which means they are also hosting an open jam  on Thursday night as well.
 There won’t be a second open mic at the folk club  this month because of Tanglefoot’s farewell tour which is next Friday.
 If you were pumped up by  the Swollen Members at the Blarney Stone, this past Saturday, check out some local rappers at Battleground 6, Nov. 20 at Henotic. Lrev and Nickname will be battling along with Heavy Knowledge, urban voyce, jfuller and Shawn C.
 Henotic also has a couple big rock shows, Nov. 21 with  the Browns, Spastic Panthers, the Dregs and the Moby Dicks in the GCBC Lounge and several local bands including the Void, Dirti Speshuls and Milk Tea playing on the main floor.
 If you like more roots and blues, the Slice has an excellent show, Nov. 21. Chris Carmichael  who was last in Lethbridge playing with the Perpetrators several months ago, will be playing a solo show with Scotty Hills and local blues rock duo the Smoke Stack Jacks.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 November 2009 13:42 ) Read more...

Eyes of Isis have their eyes on the big prize

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Local rock band Eyes of Isis have their eyes on the big prize— a major label record contract and  appearances on TV. And the first step is a CD release party for their debut , self-titled eight song CD, Nov. 21 at the Moose Hall with Reaping Syn and Lock N’ Load. They’re pretty ambitious especially considering three of the four band members are still  students at Catholic Central High School.alt
“Lethbridge is a hard place to play when you’re underage so we’ve had to put on our own shows,” said singer/guitarist Jordan Davidson,17, adding they are  busy putting together a promotional package for record labels. The band also includes lead guitarist Chase Rennie 16, bassist Devon Sinclair,16, and drummer Sean Thompson,23.
 They have been together as a band for nine months, and spent the past two and a half months recording their eight song CD  at Amp All Studios. The chose eight of  the 18 songs they have written to put on the CD.
“We just recorded eight songs because that was all we could afford. It’s not a Nickelback album as far as sound  quality  goes, but we think it’s really good. We’re really happy with it,” Davidson continued, citing ’70s classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin, UFO and old Guns n Roses as musical influences.
“We just play rock. ’60s,’70s and 80’s rock with our unique twist,” Rennie added.
The three students met at school and were looking for a drummer.
“We were looking for a drummer and he was looking for a band. So we started jamming and all four of us  just connected,” Davidson said.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 November 2009 13:13 ) Read more...

Schomberg Fair connect blues and punk

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Bassist Nathan Sidon, guitarist/banjo player Matt Bahen and drummer Pete Garthside connect the dots between 1920s blues and gospel and more modern influences like punk music to make the unique sound of their band Schomberg Fair which hits Henotic, Nov. 18.Schomberg Fair
“When we started the band , our main songwriter Matt was really into pre-war blues and gospel happening and Appalacian music and I’m really into punk music,” Sidon said.
“With gospel and blues music, there’s a strong connection to punk music. Gospel and blues was the precursor to rock and roll. I listen to a lot of Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson and those guys were partiers. Their lyrics reflected the lives they were living. And Robert Johnson’s lyrics are a lot heavier than a lot of punk rock,” Sidon continued, adding he got into  old blues after looking to  what classic rockers like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath listened to.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 November 2009 01:10 ) Read more...
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