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Music from the UK and the Necessities reunion happening this week

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September has flown by. This week, a little bit of England comes to Lethbridge. Scottish singer/songwriter Simon Kempston visits the Slice on Saturday, Sept. 29 with  Tyson Ray Borsboom.

The Glacticas return to the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Kempston, originally from Dundee, calls  Edinburgh home. He is a talented finger style guitarist who has won awards and released nine CDs.
 Later on, Lacombe duo Jo-Jo O and The Woods make their Lethbridge debut at the Slice, Oct. 2. They spend most of their year touring Europe and The United Kingdom. They will be bringing a trio of Isle of Wight musicians to help them release their new CD  MoonChild. The show begins at 9 p.m.

But first, end September with laughter at the monthly comedy open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Owl also features a poetry open mic on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Bluesman Darryl Düus plays one last show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with his own band  on Friday, Sept. 28 before heading back home to B.C.

Calgary geek punks the Galacticas  return to the Slice, Sept. 28 as well. Local punk band Sessions will be joining them.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:04 ) Read more...

Boots and the Hoots host Windy City Opry

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Windy City Opry shows start early at the Slice, so I don’t catch  much of them on Wednesday, as was the case on Sept. 12.

Sometimes I get lucky and the band play an extended Boots and the Hoots hosting the Windy City Opry, Sept. 12. photo by Richard Ameryencore, which wasn’t the case with guest host Boots and the Hoots and the full band.

Boots was a real trouper, perched on a stool and performing, as he broke his leg in three places a couple weeks ago.

 I caught the last two songs including a a great version of The Big Bopper penned George Jones hit “White Lightning.”

They had a great turnout of attentive folks out on a Wednesday night. I missed the opening set from Lance Loree and his wife Toby.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:41 )

John Wort Hannam opens Geomatic Attic season with heartfelt folk from new CD

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John Wort Hannam premiered his hot new CD “Acres of Elbow Room for a packed and sweltering Geomatic Attic, to open their new season on Sunday, Sept. 9.

John Wort Hannam playing a full house at the Geomatic Attic, Sept. 9. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hannam and his tight band of upright bassist Jason Valleau, drummer Jon May and keyboardist Steve Fletcher, played several  tracks from the new CD including the new single “ Key of D minor” and the title track. I missed the first couple of songs and the opening set from Skinny Dyck and Carter Felker.

The ever so earnest Hannam joked and told stories. Jon May’s piano playing was just right especially on the outstanding “Key of D Minor.” they picked up the pace and the humour with “Wild Young Things.”

 Another highlight was his Kasey Chambers cover “The Quiet Life.”

 Hannam dug deep into his repertoire with the more country rock stylings of “Meat Draw,” which was a highlight. Another  old song “poor man” was another more countryish highlight which featured drummer Jon May coming to the front of the stage to play tambourine.

They introduced a new song called “I Believe” which was inspired by the mass shooting at the big country concert in las Vegas earlier this year.

 Hannam picked pretty acoustic guitar licks throughout.

 He noted he wasn’t going to do the fake leaving the stage and returning  for an encore bit that most bands do, and so ended an uplifting show with “ That’s life” from the new CD and sent everyone home with “Ain’t Enough.”

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:34 )

The Wardens open Lethbridge Folk Club season with songs, stories and photos

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The Lethbridge Folk Club opened their new season , Saturday, Sept. 8  at the Lethbridge College Cave with a well attended multi-media show from Banff/ Canmore folk trio the Wardens, consisting of Scott Ward and Ray Schmidt and  Bradley Bischoff — two  retired forest rangers  and one still on the job.The wardens opened the LEthbridge Folk Club season, Sept. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
They sang lovely harmonies and played sweet guitar as they told stories of living in the mountains and working as a ranger.

They sang about the history of Banff and Canmore area and some of the interesting characters who have lived there including a ranger’s wife who came to Canada as a Scottish war bride after the Second World War.
 An interesting number and story was about the experience of fighting forest fires as a ranger.

Another touching highlight was a tribute to a young  ranger, who died alone in the mountains after being thrown from his horse and writing a letter to his wife and family as his last act.

 Another more lighthearted number was “Ranger TV, about looking into a fireplace in the dead of winter.

 They wound up their set with an upbeat whimsical number about health food called “Supper on the Trail.”
 They sent everyone home with “Happy Trails.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:15 )

Eddie Lockuhurst makes debut at Slice

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I only caught a few songs  from Maritime transplant Eddie Lockhurst at the Slice, Sept. 8. He sang pleasing folk style acoustic music. He had a pleasant voice along the lines of Jay Farrarr and a touch of Todd Snider, but also let loose a mighty bellow on a couple songs.

He ended the set I caught with a cover of “Last Kiss.”Eddie Lockhurst made his debut at the Slice, Sept. 8. photo by Richard Amery

— by Richard Amery, L.a. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:03 )
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