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Cumako provides a preview of this year's South Country Fair

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Cumako flautist Ai Hagiwara was a highlight of the band’s May 30 show at the Slice. L.A Beat Photo by Richard AmeryThings are good to go for the twenty-third annual South Country Fair in Fort Macleod, July 17-19 . There are three Lethbridge bands including this year’s songwriting competition winner Shaela Miller, Treeline and the Darby and Joan Club playing amongst a line up which not only has a broader world view, but also shares some acts with the Calgary Folk Festival.

Plus there are going to be several poets and musicians still to be announced.

“There‘s a big focus on Alberta music. We‘re sharing acts with the Calgary folk festival,” said publicity co-ordinator Trent Moranz observing they didn’t intend to broaden their musical  horizons or share acts with Calgary this year, but is pleased that‘s how it worked out.

On May 30, Calgary based energetic Latin/world/reggae act Cumako introduced a packed Slice to what  they have in store for South Country Fair fans, during their Friday, July 17 9:30 p.m. set during the this year‘s fair. 

Their hyperactive show featured wicked flute and saxophone interplay, some phenomenal bongo drumming and even  a dual bass solo.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:46 ) Read more...

Wide Mouth Mason bassist is Mobadass playing with Kyprios

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 Earl Pereira, bassist for Mobadass and Wide Mouth Mason is looking forward to playing the Blarney Stone, May 29.

Earl Pereira, best known for playing bass for Saskatoon blues rock trio Wide Mouth Mason, is looking forward to flexing his musical muscles in Lethbridge, Friday with his band Mobaddass, which comes to the Blarney Stone on Friday, May 29 with rap star Kyprios.  

“We‘ve only done three shows but we’re confident we want to do it again in September,” Pereira said during a weekend stop in Nanaimo.

Kyprios  is best known for performing with Sweatshop Union as well as a solo artist.

“We‘re old friends from back in the day,” Pereira said, enjoying a day off in Nanaimo, three days into their two week tour of B.C. and Alberta.

Pereira got to know Kyprios years ago when the budding rap star was dating Pereira‘s cousin and Wide Mouth Mason was opening for ZZ Top in Vancouver. Pereira got them backstage passes and  a relationship began.

“Kyp and I both like all different types of music, which is really what Mobaddass is all about. Mobaddass is based on reggae music like Wide Mouth is based on the blues. But that‘s not all we do,” Pereira said adding they will be playing a 90 minute set together with with the Saskatoon version of Mobaddass.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 June 2009 20:30 ) Read more...

Finger picking fun from Fredericton

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On Sunday, May 17, Fredericton, New Brunswick‘s Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin‘ Bastards returned to tear up the Slice with high energy blues powered by some impressive finger picking which sounded like Delta Blues on steroids and with a lot of volume.  But not only did Neilsen know how to control his feedbacking cherry red hollow body Yamaha guitar.
He punished that poor axe, especially on on outstanding version of “Cortez the Killer,”  squeezing every tenderly feedbacked note from it.  He bent the neck and put it on the stage, tapping out notes and strange sounds.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 May 2009 23:00 ) Read more...

You can never have enough violins

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If you like violin music of any kind,  Murray Nelson has set up an excellent show with a novel idea for May 28 at the Slice featuring Nelson, Shaela Miller, Tyler Bird, Brad Brouwer and most prominently, renown Lethbridge luthier and fiddle player Ed Dietrich and Okotoks fiddler Andrew Dexter. Nelson will be putting the whole show on DVD and Blu Ray to be released later thanks to a generous benefactor and big fan of Ed Dietrich. The show is called 89 Violins because Dietrich has built 89 fiddles. The music will include everyhting from old county like Bob Wills  to classical music.
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 May 2009 01:13 ) Read more...

Big fun at Mammoth Cave Festival

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A good sized crowd celebrated Victoria Day, May 18 at Henotic by listening to some excellent live music and by welcoming back an exhausted Endangered Ape from their cross Canada tour.

Creationist singer Ife spreading the love

There were 15 bands from Saskatoon, Calgary and Lethbridge performing on two levels of the club. It was supposed to be on the roof but changed to the GCBC Lounge and the main floor because of dodgy weather.

I arrived in time to see the Feral Children —  a one man band playing guitar and singing over some  instant samples done efficiently and very creatively played over hip hop drum machine beats. After that, downstairs, local band the Record Holder added a little fiddle to catchy pop music.

Then, because Forest Tate Fraser were caught on the road, the Creationists took control of  the main floor, getting dancers‘ toes tapping to energetic ‘70s funk. They added a lot of colour to the day-long festival. The singer was dressed in bright white 70’s pants as he prowled among to crowd bringing the funk and spreading the love, the bassist  grinned away, tossing stuffed animals attached to his pants into the crowd and the keyboardist, replete in big novelty sunglasses added to the atmosphere. They are back this Wednesday (May 20) with From Delhi to Dublin. After that a trio called the Posessed added some female powered post punk indie pop, which had the enthusiastic crowd screaming for more.

A lot of people came to see local  science-punk act the Myelin Sheaths up in the GCBC Lounge. The crowd clustered close to  the stage while Martine Menard, Joel Butler, Cassandra Ward and event organizer Paul Lawton sang about science and played fun but rough edge garage punk. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 June 2009 21:15 ) Read more...
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