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Doc MacLean bringing the blues back on the road to Lethbridge

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When your stock in trade is traveling around the country telling stories for a living, guitar in hand, you spend a lot of time on the road — which is where a lot of stories for songs are found.Bluesman Doc MacLean returns to the Slice, Wednseday, Nov. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

“I’ve been on the road since August. It’s been going well. It’s always nice be on the road when there’s a little interest in me doing my songs, so I can play back to back shows,” said Toronto based acoustic delta bluesman Doc MacLean from a tour stop in White Rock, B.C., estimating he plays 80-100 shows a year.

he was in lethbridge almost exactly a year ago with Winnipeg’s Big Dave McLean.

The current tour will bring him back to Lethbridge, Nov. 24 for a gig at the Slice.
“It good to be playing on my own, because I get to talk more. I get to tell more stories,” he continued adding he has been playing a lot of smaller rooms.

“So I can get really close to the audiences. It’s easier to connect with a smaller crowd,” he said, adding a lot of them even know all the words to his songs.

“We’re doing well. I’m quite pleased. We’ve got lots of young musicians coming to the shows and they  know my stuff, which is kind of strange to see,” he said adding there have been a couple interesting shows, including one in Charlottetown, P.E.I for which numerous politicians from all over the world ended up at  his show.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 November 2010 11:08 ) Read more...

Good Lovelies to bring the Christmas cheer

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If it is beginning to look  too much like Christmas for your liking, the Juno Award winning Good Lovelies are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit, whether you like it or not.The Good Lovelies return to Lethbridge, Nov. 23. Photo submitted
They will be bringing some Christmas cheer to the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 23.

“It’s kind of a birthday party for us, because that’s how we formed. We we’re all soloists and got together to play some Christmas shows around Toronto and our  hometowns,” said bassist Sue Passmore,  taking a break from rehearsals for the tour in band-mate,  Kerri Ough’s Toronto apartment with  Caroline Brooks and  bassist Ben Whiteley who will be joining them on this tour.

 Because of the new bassist, Passmore will be playing  guitar, mandolin and ukulele on this tour, which will be their first Christmas tour out west.

 They played around Toronto the first year, and around Ontario their second and are going out west  to B.C. and back home this year.

“That’s going to be new. We’re shaking it up a little on this tour,” she continued adding they will be playing songs from last year’s Christmas CD including “Santa Baby,” “Blue Christmas,” “Silent Night,”  “Auld Lang Syne,” some originals and even the Chipmunk Christmas song.


One More Girl introduce new music to enthusiastic crowd

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The other big show I caught, Saturday, Nov. 12 was Vancouver based rising country/ pop stars One More Girl who One More Girl at Average Joes, Nov. 12. photo by Richard Amerywere playing to a good sized crowd at Average Joes.

Britt and Carly McKillip were dressed in style, danced up a storm and introduced the audience to a lot of new music from upbeat pop rockers to tender ballads which will appear on their forthcoming sophomore CD , the second single “Misery Loves Company and the CD. One of the new songs featured Britt on harmonica and Carly on guitar and sounded a little like Martina McBride‘s hit “Independence Day.”

 Of course they played their big hits  “I Can Love Anyone,” and their big hit “Misery Loves Company.” they even threw in a strong version of Chilliwack’s “Fly at Night.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 November 2010 13:10 )

Local musicians support Lethbridge Fashion Club fundraiser

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The Slice was home to another fun fundraiser, Nov. 13, this time for the Lethbridge College Fashion Club. The evening Bridgette Yarwood and Evan Schaaf. Photo by Richard Ameryhad the theme of mustaches and Christmas sweaters, so there were plenty of all of those present in the packed house.

The club was not only  raising money for Fashion Design and Marketing student’s supplies and fabrics, but also accepting donations for  the Club’s annual family in need project as well as were accepting donations for prostate cancer.
Several local musicians were on the bill including  solo performances by Leisha Miller and Jesse Northey.

Bridgette Yarwood sang an exceptional set of laid back jazz, her powerful voice piercing the murmur of the crowd.

She  along with Sleeping With Tuesday keyboardist Evan Schaaf, running the gamut between old Frank Sinatra songs like “Fly Away,” and Roberta Flack plus originals. She sang beautifully as usual and had quite a few couples slow dancing.

The Fred penner Revival band at the Slice, Nov. 12. Photo by Richard Amery I’d never seen the Fred Penner Revival band  before and was impressed as they effortlessly combines blues jams, with current hits by the likes of Radiohead and Kings of Leon, and even played a version of Dolly Parton’s Jolene and after urging from the audience, welcomed Jolene Draper up on stage to help sing it.

 They even added in a little reggae during a song  about  sandwiches which was their “Tribute to Fred Penner and a cool version of “Hoochie Coochie Man.”

The Necessities finished off the show.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 November 2010 13:00 )

Slice sold out for Alberta Music Showcase

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 The Slice was sold out  for an Alberta Music  event featuring local singer -songwriter Alyssa McQuaid, the Dudes and a surprise visit from Calgary alt-country band, Cowpuncher,  Nov. 12.Alyssa McQuaid poses by  the Alberta Music sign. Photo by Richard Amery
 So the sold out crowd not only got a taste of outstanding Alberta music, but also raised a lot of money for the Interfaith Food bank as that’s where all of the proceeds from the $15 tickets were going.
 While I missed Alyssa McQuaid‘s half hour set of originals, I was blown away by Cowpuncher’s five guitar attack.
Cowpuncher played an upbeat set of country rock. Photo by Richard Amery They combined elements of Tom Petty’s roots rock with Fred Eaglesmith’s storytelling lyrics and a little bit of the Band’s laid back feel.
 But they  were just getting warmed up by the end of their 45 minute set, which had most of the crowd on their feet.

 They had the audience singing alonThe Dudes played an upbeat set of ’60 inspired rock. Photo by Richard Ameryg by the last song “Thank God for Lonely Nights,” which had a guitar riff reminiscent of “Ghost Riders in The Sky.”

One of the guitarists, Tynan Groves picked up the banjo to add even more twang to the proceedings.
But everybody was there to hear the Dudes and all crowded in front of the stage even before they began.
They did not disappoint  as the locked into an energetic, upbeat  set of ’60s inspired pop rock with vocal melodies and catchy guitar and a frenetic drummer.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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