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Mayhemingways play eclectic Tuesday night show

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I was glad to get out on a Tuesday for Peterborough Folk duo Mayhemingways’ July 10 show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as I missed their February show.Benj Rowlands playing accordion with The Mayhemingways at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 10 Photo by Richard Amery
 But I still missed their first set.
 Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Benj Rowland and drummer percussionist Josh Frewings played a variety of songs from their latest CD “Skip Land,” a highlight called  “Alberta Rose and  a few choice covers.

 Rowland took turns on Tenor guitar, banjo and accordion, while stomping rhythm on bass pedals while Frewings added harmonies and pounded out the beat with a delicate hand.

 Rowland played some excellent clawhammer banjo for a couple of songs and switched to accordion for exceptional covers of Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City, which were worth the Tuesday night out on their own.

— By Richard Amery, LA. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:52 )

Clayton and Joelle share marital bliss though song and stories

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Cranbroook couple Clayton and Joelle returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday to  sing gorgeous harmonies and chat with an engaging crowd abut their newlywed bliss, Friday, July 6.

Clayton and Joelle at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,  July 6. Photo by Richard Amery
I only caught the last song from local songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom, who opened the show with a solo set of music and had the audience clapping along with his last song.

Clayton Parsons and Joelle Winkel have got married since their last visit to Lethbridge, so their show was about love and marital bliss.
 Parsons strummed guitar for most of the set while Joelle added sweet harmonies, picking up a guitar a little later.

 They played roots and country music and even had a touch of gospel.

In between songs they told stories about meeting as the eldest members of the Good Ol’ Goats and talked about their marriage, with Joelle gushing about her new husband’s ability to make beautiful music out of challenging situations. Clayton followed that up by playing a song about his new bride.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:38 )

Honey Tongues bring a variety of sweet circus jazz and pop

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Saxophonist Jen Davidson brought back a lot of happy memories July 6 at the Slice, as she brought her new band, Vancouver music collective the Honey Tongues to be the soundtrack to an art show opening of new works by Laurel Scott decorating the walls of the Slice.

Jen Davidson with Honey Tongues at the Slice, July 6. Photo by Richard Amery
 I remember her playing many a great show with circus jazz folk group Blackberry Wood, and she brought the same gleeful intensity to the stage with the Honey Tongues. The orchestra played a wild set of jazz tinged roots music with  lots of banjo, fiddle, upright bass, keyboard and saxophone.

They played an array of musical styles, with a touch of ’80s synth pop which reminded me a little of the B-52s in places and smooth sultry jazz in other places and straight ahead R and B music in others.

They had a lot of energy as various band members raced across the stage to sing and whistle into different microphones and play a variety of different instruments.

“ Waking the Dead” was an uptempo highlight.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:29 )

Shelter Me: Party in the Park marks relatively slow mid July week in Lethbridge

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Most of the town shuts down this week due to the South Country Fair in Fort Macleod. At least the music going portion of Lethbridge, most of whom go to Fort Macleod to take in three days of great music and good vibes. So the two main music venues, the Slice and The Owl Acoustic Lounge close as their staff, owners and most of their regulars all make an extended weekend out of South Country Fair.Fox Mandy performs for shelter me: Party in the park on Saturday, July 21. Photo by Richard Amery
 Even Honker’s Pub is shutting down their weekly  Friday night and Saturday afternoon for the weekend as most of their hosts will be at the Fair. Open mics resume at Honker’s next week, though they are also taking the August long weekend off.

The Fair features an outstanding line-up as usual including local musicians  John Wort Hannam and Shaela Miller, plus Richard Inman, Wine Soaked Preachers Geoff Berner, Kris Demeanor and Carolyn Mark, Hank and Lily, The Vaudevillian, Amy Nelson, the Red Hot Hayseeds and Spanish/ based Canadian/Cuban and France flamenco group Fin de Fiesta Flamenco, who also play Casa on July 25.
If you aren’t going to South Country Fair, Galt Gardens hosts Shelter Me: Party in the Park, July 21. There will be concessions, a dunk tank, an open air market, bouncy castles and kids activities. There will also be live entertainment beginning at 10:30 with Zumba Lethbridge,Thomas Chiefmoon, singer/belly dancer/ Maddie Young, local rappers the Battlepark Super Crew (lRev, ONTK, $am Hill, Shed Beat boys and JPB) and 21st ave follow. Fox Mandy winds up the entertainment at 2 p.m.

On the weekend, Suzanne Scott will be playing country music at Casino Lethbridge.
Guitarist James Oldenburg and Andrea Walker perform a special afternoon show at Plum on Saturday, July 21 from noon-2 p.m.
 Another option is the annual Coutts Centre Arts Festival happening Sunday, July 22.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 July 2018 17:05 ) Read more...

Tennyson King bringing his own well travelled soul to Lethbridge

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Alfred Chow aka Tennyson King is excited to bring his own music to Lethbridge, Tuesday, July 31 at the Slice.Tennyson King sings by the Slice, July 31. photo submitted
He has played Lethbridge several time with other musicians including Sarah Burton and the hip hop collective the Vibonics, five years ago.

This time he is touring in support of his bright new CD and new single “Coast,” which was inspired by extensive  travels in Australia.

“The tour’s been going great said Toronto based Chow, where he is beginning his Western Canadian tour. The Lethbridge show is at the tail end of the tour before he goes to Europe and then back to Australia.

“ I spent a lot of time playing music and lying in the back of my van, staring at the stars on the Gold Coast,” he reminisced, adding that experience helped make the new CD and single more uplifting compared to the more serious, morose debut self titled EP.

“ This album is a lot more positive than the other album,” he said, adding the rest of the new album is in a similar vein to the first single.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 July 2018 09:46 ) Read more...
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