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Eamon McGrath excited to tour with new music

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Toronto musician Eamon McGrath returns to Lethbridge in the dead of winter, Jan. 31 when he plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge with local band Starpainter, aka a rebranded Utilities.Eamon McGrath returns to Lethbridge, Jan. 31. Photo submitted
“Winter is a good time to tour because people really appreciate live music,” said McGrath, who had a busy year last year, releasing a book and two albums including his most recent CD “Guts,” which came out in September.

 “I thought the last album cycle would be two and a half years, but grant money came in so I recorded another album,” said the Edmonton born musician, taking a brief break at home in Toronto, where he has been living for the past 10 years.

 He released “Tantramar” in June 2018 and less than a year later, released “Guts” in May, which continues to explore alt country music.
He is touring with his long time band pedal steel guitarist Darrek Sanderson, drummer Connor Ellinger and bassist Tavo de Bonilla. Half of the band live in Edmonton, which he noted isn’t a problem as they spend most of the year touring.

“Tavo also plays with Jenn Grant,” he observed.
“We play a lot on the road and that is how we grow to make it better,” he continued.

“We’ve probably played 600 shows since Tantramar was released. It’s really been non-stop. It’s been relentless,” he continued, adding musicians have to tour a lot if they want to make a living making music.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:52 ) Read more...

January ends with poetry, princesses and rock and roll

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January is almost over thankfully. You can tell that because The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s Poetry open mic with Teri Petz is on deck, Thursday, Jan 23.Sean Burns plays a few shows this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Sandman Signature hosts a fun fundraiser for University of Lethbridge fine arts scholarships.
 Abbondanza features a night of Italian entertainment including theatre and music. The evening runs from 6-9 p.m.. Tickets are $150 including a $60 tax receipt.

 Also on Friday, Jan. 24, there will be a night of mentalism, magic and sideshow stunts with Ben Price Magic who brings a new show to Didi’s Playhaus for two shows at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is $16.

 Winnipeg  country musician Sean Burns has several shows this week including two at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 24 and 25. For local music, local rock band 21st Avenue return to the Slice. And local roots/ country band Dark Wrangler hit the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 24 as well.
For the young’uns, Princess singalong returns to Casa, Saturday afternoon art 2 p.m. Admission is $7 adults and $14 for children aged 3-12..The fun begins at 2 p.m.

 The Slice will be hopping with the country sounds of Petunia and Nathan  M Godfrey, Jan. 25. They begin at 9:30 p.m.
 If you want to bang your head, Average Joes has a massive metal show, Jan. 25 with Calgary melodic thrash metal band Hyperia plus  prog/power metal band Balrogath plus Gepetto, who open at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

 Average Joes also welcomes back Saskatoon based rockers One Bad Son, Jan. 30, making up for a show they canceled in December due to family issues. Tickets are $25.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 January 2020 16:41 ) Read more...

Zojo Black play the Rolling Stones and a lot of blues

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It is always a good time when local blues rock band  Zojo Black play.

Zojo Black at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 With two of Lethbridge’s most talented bluesmen Greg Gomola and Paul Kype, you are going to hear some excellent guitar playing.

 Unfortunately  I only caught the last two songs of their last set  at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 18, where they were holding court, Jan. 17 and 18.

The four band members were seated for the set I saw.

 Gomola was winding up an excellent version of “ Under my Thumb,” as I arrived while he and Paul Kype rose to trade solos.
 Kype finished off the night by singing an excellent version of “Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

21st Avenue bring a little funk

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Local rock band 21st Avenue showed their funky side  to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, Jan. 18.

21st Avenue  having fun at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. photo by Richard Amery
 While I missed an opening set from Fawns, I really enjoyed 21st Avenue who were well into the groove by the time I arrived.
 They had a lot of energy and a lot of funk , mostly from bassist Levi Trodd.

 Vocalist Oztin Bowden  howled and grooved throughout, adding extra electric guitar  for a couple of songs.
 they played some songs from their album as well as a few new songs.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 January 2020 15:44 )

Celtara lay down laid back Celtic grooves for Folk Club

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 The Lethbridge Folk Club kicked off 2020 with  a sedate night of ethereal celtic music from Edmonton band Celtara, Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Lethbridge Folk Club Cave.Celtera's Tami Cooper and Bonnie Gregory at the Lethbridge College Cave, Jan 18. Photo by Richard Amery
 A decent crowd of approximately 70 people sat enraptured by ethereal vocal harmonies mixed with flute, fiddle and assortment of percussion and guitar.

 Celtara played a tranquil and pleasant  show of “Irish gossip songs” according to flautist/tin whistle player/ vocalist Tami Cooper, who harmonized beautifully with fiddler Bonnie Gregory.

 Cooper promised to “go deeper” and were good for their word.

 I wanted to see a lot of different shows, so cut out during a beautiful instrumental, which seemed to be winding down the set.

 Kavanagh and Hepher opened the show, but I missed it.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 January 2020 15:12 )
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