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Small Glories have fun playing new CD for Folk Club

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The Folk Club had an excellent turnout for a superb , rare Sunday night show at the Lethbridge College Cave, Sunday, Feb. 9 featuring Winnipeg based folk duo The Small Glories.
 I caught the last few songs from Cathy Hawley and  Henk Van Ginneken who harmonized beautifully on a couple of originals and folk classics including “Freight Train.”

The Small Glories’ JD Edwards and Cara Luft play for the Lethbridge Folk Club. Photo by Richard Amery
 The Small Glories were excellent, with The Wailin’ Jennys Cara Luft and JD Edwards cracking jokes and harmonizing beautifully.
 In between songs, They cracked jokes and the exuberant  Luft chortled while laying down some hot  picking licks on banjo and guitar.
 Edwards grinned and reminded me of Tyler Childers.
 Musically they focused on their new, award winning CD “Assiniboine and the Red,” named after the two rivers running through Winnipeg.

 They reminisced about co-writing songs on the album with talented cats like James Keelaghan, Ashley Condon and Bruce Guthro and recording with 54 40's Neil Osborne
 The CD is a love note to their  homes in Winnipeg and Calgary as Luft is originally from Calgary.
 Their show was in the same vein. Luft mostly played banjo, but cut loose a few times on guitar.

“Long, Long Moon,” was definitely a  beautiful highlight.
 They had the audience singing along on “Sing,” and a couple of others.
 “Winnipeg” was all about all of the things they love about living in Winnipeg.
“Alberta” served the same role for this province.
I really enjoyed “a cover of a cover by Stan Rogers” called “Witch of the Westmoreland.”
The second set  opened with an up tempo song called “ Bring ’em Out.”

“ Now I’m in my 40s, I don’t really care what other people think, Luft chuckled, snorting with laughter.
“ Not that I ever did,” she added before launching into a catchy number abut a breakup called “Oh My Love,” which was a catchy highlight of the second set.

They introduced “Second Hand” by telling a story about touring Australia, and taking a box full of old ballet trophies  off of somebody’s lawn, and giving them away to fans and promoters who meant a lot to them throughout the tour.

— by Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 18:49 )

Carter Felker debuts hot new music at Windy City Opry

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It is always  great to see Calgary country musician Carter Felker in Lethbridge.
 He returned to the  Slice for the Windy City Opry, Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Carter Felker played the Windy City Opry, Feb. 12. photo by Richard Amery
 Felker and his steel guitarist and his upright bassist had an intimate audience listening intently.
 Shaela Miller opened the show a little later than their usual 8 p.m. start time with two songs which will appear on her next album, including “Tidal Wave”plus a Carter Felker song, which she played on his guitar.

 Felker and his band were up next, also playing new music.

Felker, who had trimmed down his bushy beard into a moustache, opened with a catchy new song about being addicted to his cell phone, then  took off with several other songs which showed off his beautiful finger-picking.

Another song about leaving a party early because his girlfriend didn’t want to stay at it, called “ Party Pooper,” which sounded like a cross between Bob Dylan and Ridley Bent.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 18:23 )

Plays, band wars and more coming up

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Now I’m back from vacation, there is a lot to look forward to for live music.Shaela Miller plays a a couple of local shows this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Shaela Miller’s windy City Opry returns to the Slice on Wednesday, Feb. 12 with Carter Felker. Miller will be opening up as usual at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover. Shaela Miller has a busy week as she is also opening for the Dungarees on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, one of many shows happening for single’s awareness day.

Karen Romanchuk continues a busy week. She was at Casino Lethbridge this past weekend, but returns to Mortar and Brick for their annual Travelling Dress Project, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.. She is also playing the Bavaru Brunch on Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

 Sheena Lawson and the Herb Hicks Jazz Quartet play a special Bavaru Valentines dinner at the Old Firehall, Feb. 14. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. It costs $130 per couple. Local synth pop musician Tyler VandenDool kicks off a mini tour with Adequate celebrating an Adequate Valentines Day at the Slice, Feb 14. If you miss that show, Adequate play next week, Feb. 21 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Funk Phenomenorm.

 If yo just want to laugh on Valentines, Day, Adam Blank and Brad Semioutuk perform two special Valentines’ Days shoes at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Good Times. Garrett Clark makes you laugh at Good Times at 7 p.m. and 9:30  p.m. on Feb. 15.

 If you eschew Valentine’s Day as I do, then rock out with Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves at Casino Lethbridge, Feb. 14 and 15.
 There is lots of local music happening Feb. 15.

 Over in Coaldale, a battle of the bands will be happening at  the Coaldale Inn. Bands include Good Time Charlie, SI, the Waterfront Band and Saints and Sinner competing for recording time with  Muldoon Studio. The music begins at 6 p.m.
Local rock bands Webb and Biloxi Parish join Edmonton’s Good Rumour at  the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 15.

Over at the Slice, local roots rock band Dark Wrangler and Penelope Rose join Ponoka country musician Markus Sommer, Feb. 15. The Dark Wrangler also host the Slice’s open mic, Feb. 20.
 The following week, HBO3  return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge to host a jazz jam beginning at 8:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19.

 Uncovered are at Casino Lethbridge, Feb. 21 and 22.
 The Slice has a couple big rock shows coming up. Edmonton’s Loser points and Reifer madness plus Lethbridge punk band the Hockey Moms play Friday Feb. 21. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
The next night, Red Deer power trio King Bull  return to The Slice with local punk/ surf rock band Chief Mountain.
 And the International peace Powwow is at the Enmax Centre, Feb. 22 and 23. There will be plenty of drumming and dance competitions with MCs Tommy Christian and Tony Delaney plus MC Hal EagleTail and Head Dancers  Livia Manywounds and Ellery Starlightt. Weekend passes cost $29 for adults. The excitement begins at 10 a.m.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2020 19:42 ) Read more...

Lots of laughs to open February as January ends on a rocking note

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February opens with a lot of laughs as January ends on a rock and roll note. One Bad Son rock out January, Jan 20 at Average Joes. Tickets for the make up show for their cancelled December show, cost $25.One Bad Son return to Average Joes this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 It’s a busy Thursday because Makiisma host the open mic at the Slice as well. And the Sean Burns duo with Skinny Dyck wind up a busy week of Southern Alberta shows at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Admission is by donation. Aaron Landry hosts Honker‘s Pub’s Friday night open mic while The Trippy Hippys host a special Saturday open mic at Honker’s Pub on Feb. 1.
Just out of town, The Geomatic Attic presents blues/rock duo Whitehorse at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Jan. 29.
Ryland Moranz opens the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 on the main floor and $39.50 in the balcony. Later on, the Geomatic Attic features Levon Helm’s daughter Amy Helm at the Attic, Feb. 4. As usual the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 members, $45 non-members.

There is something for everyone on the weekend.
 American Gommorrah: Hotel, the improvised soap opera returns to Didi’s Playhaus, Feb. 1.

 Friday features the Herb Hicks Quartet with Sheena Lawson  playing jazz music at the Mocha Cabana.
 The University of Lethbridge Opera Society and Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra’s annual collaboration is Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 as they present two evenings of comic operettas in Gilbert and Sullivan’s the Gondoliers at Southminster United Church. Tickets range from $25-$75. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

If your sense of humour is to more modern tastes, the Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to the Yates Theatre, Jan. 31 with Debra DiGiovanni, Pete Zedlacher, Dan Quinn and Paul Myrehaug performing beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 for students, $38 for seniors and $48 for adults. Jim Gaffigan will be making you laugh  as he brings his The Pale Tourist tour to the Enmax Centre, Feb. 1. Tickets range from $61.50-$97.50 for the show which begins at 8 p.m.

Old School are playing your favourite ’80s hits at Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The Casino is hosting a Superbowl party on Sunday, Feb. 2. If you aren’t a football fan, casa features Play your ukulele in public day, from 2-3 p.m.,Feb. 2. Reid and Writes play the Bavura Brunch at the old firehall beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 January 2020 00:35 ) Read more...

Junkman's Quire celebrate Robbie Burns Day with music

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 Local jazz/ folk / world music band The Junkman’s Quire celebrated  Robbie Burns Day at the Owl Acoustic lounge without  playing one single Scottish song or reciting a single Robbie Burns poem. At least not in the set I saw, Jan. 25.

Junkman’s Quire celebrated Robbie Burns Day, Jan. 25 at the Owl. photo by Richard Amery
  The trimmed down band including  upright bassist Steve Martin, bekilted frontman/ cellist/guitarist George Fowler, drummer Isaac neufeld and fiddler/ guitarist/vocalist Megan Brown played a variety of original songs and  popular covers.

 Brown added her song “Work For the Devil” to the set and was singing most of the lead vocals for  the second set, jumping between guitar and fiddle.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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