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Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys to play everything from Celtic to rockabilly music

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If you are in the mood for fleet fingered Maritime  fiddle playing, and some fast footed dancing, then you won’t want to miss Gordie McKeeman and His Rhythm Boys at the Geomatic Attic, Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys play the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 8. Photo by Mark Maryanovich
 The Charlottetown based fiddle player and his band, guitarist Peter Cann, upright bassist/ banjo player Thomas Webb and drummer /bassist Jason Burbine, have played everywhere but Lethbridge since making an impression at the South Country Fair several years ago. They’ve done a lot since then.

“I think that was the last time we were there. We’ve released two CDs then and we’ve toured a lot. We’ve toured in India and  the UK,” said MacKeeman, enjoying a couple days off in Fort MacMurray, where the band is set to play next.

They enjoy playing India and the United Kingdom.

“India was definitely interesting. We were playing the Nomatch festival. They liked us,” MacKeeman said.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 November 2017 12:11 ) Read more...

Matt Patershuk plays hypnotic show

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It is always a pleasure to see Edmonton songwriter Matt Patershuk. He stopped by the Slice on Wednesday, Oct. 25 with a hot band band, too bad barely 20 people were there to see the show which featured Black Hen record company Matt Patershuk and Steve Dawson playing an intimate show at the Slice, Oct. 25. Photo by Richard Ameryowner and uber producer Steve Dawson playing steel guitar and lead guitar.

 While I missed the first set which focused on Patershuk’s new Steve Dawson CD “The Same As I Ever Have been,” I caught the second set.

 He played a couple of tracks from the new CD including the sedate “Sparrow” which drew the show to a close around 11:30 p.m.

The second set included original music plus both blues classics like Muddy Waters’ “I Ain’t Satisfied,”  and some Sonny Boy Williamson as well as old Hank Williams.
Dawson played just about perfect solos, with never a note out of place and all designed to bring Patershuk’s big, soothing, velvety baritone voice to the forefront.

Patershuk also traded a few sweet solos with Dawson on  the blues songs.
 They brought the show to a rousing close with “That’s all Right Mama,{ which Elvis Presley popularized back in the ’50s.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 November 2017 12:10 )

Music community plays benefit for workplace accident victim

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It is always a beautiful thing to see the music community come together to help somebody out.

 So a  bevy of excellent bands took oveBand of Brothers playing a  fundraiser for Angela Entz at Legends, Oct. 21. Photo by Richard Ameryr Legends all day long, Saturday, Oct. 21 to raise $11,000 to help out Angela Entz, who suffered a debilitating workplace accident a few months ago which left her in a wheelchair.

Dory and the Weathermen were among many bands playing a benefit concert for Angela Entz. Photo by Richard Amery She was on hand as well as her father and assorted family and friends and a lot people just eager to hear a lot of local talent.

 I only caught a few of the performers. I missed sets from Scotch Whiskey Limosine and bluesman Keith Woodrow but  I arrived in the middle of a set of classic rock from young, teenaged band, Beyond Crimson, who added some sweet melodies to Guns n’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and AC DC’s “Highway to Hell” to name a few.

 I haven’t seen Band of Brothers for a while but caught a short set for the trimmed down trio which featured a excellent vocal harmonies and a lot of popular hits including the Beatles’ “Love Me Do,” as well as Pagliaro’s “What The Hell I’ve Got.”

 They also added CCR’s “Have You Seen the Rain,” some Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and The Eagles’“Take It Easy.”
 I only caught  the first few songs from Dory and the Weathermen who are always entertaining. They played tight versions of “Addicted to love” and “Bad Case Of Loving You,” and some more Beatles in “Day Tripper,” before I had to leave.
 Local hard rock/ metal band Quick Draw ended the night with a set of mostly original hard rock and metal music, Beyond Crimson play a benefit for Angela Entz. Photo by Richard Amerywhich drew heavily from the ’90s alternative rock and metal.

But they also added some innovative covers including putting a metal twist  to Dead or Alive’s ’80s one hit wonder “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” a capable  Misfits cover and a spot on cover of Weezer’s “Say it Ain’t So.”

Quick Draw playing a fundraiser for Angela Entz, Oct. 21. Photo by Richard AmeryThey welcomed founding guitarist William Harder to add some big riffed, duelling guitar fun and a more of a classic metal edge.

“Won’t Go Down Without a Fight” was one of several set highlights.
 Frontman Rory Freeman’s voice reminded me of One Bad Son’s Shane Volk.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 November 2017 12:05 )

Scotchtoberfest IX features Bashed Tatties and guests playing hits

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Things got a little Scottish at Average Joes,Oct. 20 for Scotchtoberfest IX, the Lethbridge Firefigthers Pipes and drums’s annual fundraising show for the Alberta Firefighter Burn Camp for Children.

Adequate’s Scott mezei helps Cal Toth and the bashed Tatties play Dust in the Wind for Scotchtoberfesst IX. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed opening sets from local funk rock trio Adequate and the Lethbridge Firefighters Pipe and Drums themselves, but caught a freewheeling jam from the Bashed Tatties, featuring several individual members of the Firefighters, taking on a few different instruments for different songs.

 Drummer Brady Valgardson, who usually plays country music with Corb Lund, anchored the music behind the kit, easily donned his rock an roll hat for a variety of covers.

 Cal Toth, who is a regular fixture at Average Joes with his Duelling Pianos show, beamed as he sang lead vocals on several songs and danced behind his keyboards  and even brought out a keytar for a version of Kansas’s “Dust in the Wind” which also featured Adequate’s Scott Mezei on acoustic guitar.

Some of the highlights included U2’ “Where the Streets Have No Name” and a bass heavy version of “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which featured some hot fiddle playing.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:20 )

Junkman’s Quire releases new EP

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An intimate audience enjoyed the CD release party from local jazz/ folk/ celtic collective the Junkman’s Quire, Oct. 20 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

 I arrived in time to hear fiddle player Megan Brown playing guitar and singing lead vocals while special guest Ryland Moranz added extra banjo to a sweet version of the Pogues’ “Dirty Old Town.”

George Fowler and Megan Brown of the Junkman’s Quire. Photo by Richard Amery Frontman George Fowler took up guitar and sang a song about people in big truck “driving right behind my little Honda” while Megan Brown played some duelling fiddle with Tom Scott for a more Celtic inspired number “ Round and Around”.

 A highlight from the album was a more jazzy number “Swing in Five” featuring Ross Samuel on saxophone.

 The Junkman’s Quire next play the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 25 with John King.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:20 )
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