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Alpha Ya Ya Diallo among this week’s highlights

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Leigh Doerksen is raising money for his upcoming tour this week. Photo by Richard AmeryThere is still a lot of live music going into Easter Weekend.

 It begins tonight, with three time Juno award winner and renown world musician Alpha Yaya Diallo who plays the Geomattic Attic tonight at 8 p.m.

Diallo was a hit of the South Country Fair last summer. The Guinea, Africa born and raised Diallo , now calls Vancouver home. His most recent CD Immé recently won a Western Canadian Music Award fo best world recording.

He is not only a skilled acoustic and electric guitarist, but also plays a variety of percussion instruments including the  balafon, a traditional wooden xylophone.

 Tickets for the show cost $35 for members, $37.50 for non-members and $40 at the door.

Also tonight there are a couple open mics as usual including  James Clare hosting the Cudos open mic and Toques and Beards hosting the Slice’s open jam. Double Jack are at Bo Diddley’s for their open mic as well.

 The Lethbridge Folk Club also has an open mic at the Wolf’s Den on Friday, April 22 as well.

Winnipeg based pop/soul/ pop singer-songwriter Matt Epp is coming back to Lethbridge with his new CD and his band, the Amorian Assembly.
 He will be playing the Slice, April 20 with Jay Smith who used to play with Matt Mays and El Torpedo

If you missed Roger Marin at the Slice on April 3, make your Good Friday great as he returns April 22 with respected Texas songwriter Mark Jungers.


Roger Marin returns to Lethbridge for show with Mark Jungers

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Roger Marin, who used to play in Fred Eaglesmith’s band, has not only come into his own as a songwriter, but changesRoger Marin returns to the Slice, April 22. Photo by Richard Amery musical directions almost as often as Eaglesmith himself does.
 He was in Lethbridge, April 3 to play for all of five people at the Slice with his lead guitarist Mike Tuyp, but will be back  again, this Friday, April 22 with respected Texan songwriter Mark Jungers.

But Marin made the most of this Western Canada swing last week, by recording an entire album of his duo at Ghostwood Studios
“We got to Lethbridge and we recorded 18 songs in about four hours. Just me and Mike playing acoustically,” Marin enthused adding the finished product will be released in the near future as “The Ghostwood Sessions.”

“We always like to have something to bring on tour that represents what we’re doing on stage,” he continued, noting the material they recorded includes songs from his past three CDs, particularly older material.

“ I wrote the last CD with the band in mind. But I also like to just play the songs acoustically and stripped down like they were when I wrote them,” he said.

“It sounds really good,” he added, noting he had been planning  a project like this  with Ghostwood Records for a while and  is pleased it finally came together.

He is also glad to be bringing respected Minnesota born, Austin based songwriter Mark Jungers back up to Canada. It will be his first show in Lethbridge.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 April 2011 13:28 ) Read more...

Matt Epp enjoying tour with Jay Smith

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 Matt Epp. Photo SubmittedWinnipeg based pop/soul/ pop singer-songwriter Matt Epp is coming back to Lethbridge with his new CD and his band, the Amorian Assembly.

 He will be playing the Slice, April 20 with Jay Smith who used to play with Matt Mays and El Torpedo

“ The tour is pretty good,” he said. They began the tour in Regina, took a quick swing out to Vancouver then go all the way out to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

“It’s been a little while since we’ve been to Lethbridge. We’re pretty excited about it. We’ll be so fine tuned before be get to Lethbridge,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:48 ) Read more...

Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer win Canadian Country Weekend Lethbridge finals

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 Lethbridge’s amazing array of country picking talent showed their stuff, April 14 during the finals of the Canadian Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer won the Canadian Country Weekend Lethbridge finals, April 14. Photo by Richard AmeryCountry Weekend country talent at Boss Hog’s.

Eight local acts were competing for a mainstage slot  at the Canadian Country Weekend in Fort Macleod, Aug. 12-13.

Alyssa McQuaid sings “Getting By.” Photo by Richard Amery Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer won against some tough competition which included solid sets from Alyssa McQuaid. 

Karen Romanchuk who was backed by her band, Darwin Romanchuk on drums and bassist David Popovich, played an upbeat set of two originals and ended with a Townes Van Zandt song.

All of the finalists brought their fans beginning with Charles Shade, who sang three big country hits solo and had his fans cheering for him.

Alyssa McQuaid drew huge cheers right from the beginning of her set which included a heart-wrenKaren Romanchuk and her band. Photo by Richard Ameryching version of her song “Getting By,” which she sent out to her friend whose parents recently passed away in a car accident.

She ended on an upbeat note with Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:15 ) Read more...

Riverdance comes naturally to Scottish dancer

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Riverdance is coming to Lethbridge.
 For one of the three lead dancers, Alana Mallon, the only Scottish dancer to ever dance lead in the show, the Irish dance comes naturally.Alana Mallon and Joe Moriarty. Photo by Jack Hartin

“I don’t know any differently. I‘ve been dancing since I was three. I don’t even remember how I started,” Mallon said from a tour stop in Vancouver. The show comes to the Enmax Centre, April 16 before hitting Medicine Hat the next night.

The troupe has been on the road since April 5 and will wind up the Canadian part of their tour on May 30 in Victoria.

“I used to go to see it with my parents. It was a hobby, then I started to get really good at it and started competing,” Mallon said adding she joined the company after visiting an Irish friend in New York who was part of the Broadway troupe.

She doesn't recall the show ever coming to Lethbridge though.
“I was supposed to audition in Dublin, but when they called, I’d already arranged to meet her in New York, so they arranged it so I could audition in New York,” she said adding three years later, she got the lead role in the Broadway production then moved to the touring production in 2003.

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